Simple avocado salad, prepared Mediterranean-style with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and other Mediterranean favorites! Tossed in a tasty garlic vinaigrette with a generous pinch of Za'atar!
- 2 large Roma tomato, diced
- 1/2 seedless English cucumber (hot house cucumber), diced
- 1 shallot, sliced
- 2 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced, and tossed in fresh lemon juice to avoid browning
- 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, more to your liking
- 3 to 4 oz halloumi cheese, optional, cut into small cubes
- 10-15 basil leaves, gathered together and thinly sliced (chiffonade)
- Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil (only if using halloumi)
- Prepare the vinaigrette. Place vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar, cover tightly and shake until well-combined. Set aside for now (you'll want to give the vinaigrette another shake before using).
- In a salad bowl, add all the salad ingredients except the halloumi cheese and basil. Pour the vinaigrette and give the salad a gentle toss. Taste and adjust seasoning, add a sprinkle more of za'tar spice. Add the basil, and give one very quick and gentle toss.
- If adding halloumi cheese. Combine cheese cubes and about 1 to 2 tbsp or so extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl. Toss to coat the cheese with the EVOO. Heat an indoor griddle over medium heat. Add cheese cubes and grill for 2-3 minutes, turning over on all sides, until lightly browned and nice char marks appear (it should be crisp on the outside and nice and melty on the inside).
- Add the grilled Halloumi to the salad and serve immediately.
- Recommended for this recipe: Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives. And from our all-natural spice collection, Za'atar, an exceptional spice blend with Mediterranean wild thyme and toasted sesame seeds.
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- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keywords: Simple Mediterranean Salad, salad with avocado, halloumi cheese