Oh hi, and happy second day of summer! I hope your days are already full of warm sunshine, deep blue skies and sleeping in a bit later than usual 🙂 I ran into my old friends Green Beans and Halloumi the other day when I was at Whole Foods, and we decided to have a lovely summer salad for dinner.
Have you ever had grilled Halloumi? If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, I’ll explain, because I remember the first time I ever saw it on a menu and thought, WT (heck) and I just jumped in and tried it. I ordered it in a restaurant and honestly, I thought maybe it was a type of fish… I didn’t want to appear un-foodie-like, so I just went with it, and pretended I’ve eaten it all of my life. Turns out it’s cheese. Greek cheese, which is just kind of cool, ’cause, Greece. And it’s got this crazy-firm texture, so it doesn’t really melt when you grill it. It just gets a lovely, deep, smokey, salty flavor and and it’s so totally divine that you just want one more piece. Please run right out the the cheese department of your nearest slightly upscale grocery store and try it. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Oh, and green beans. They’re so hard to judge. Nothing worse than tough and rubbery green beans, so take advantage of summer beans, and pick the ones that are a bit thinner and nice and crisp looking, and just enjoy them while you can.
I’m still weeding through my recipe clipping files, and this Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Grilled Halloumi was inspired by a recipe from Food & Wine. It’s really quick and easy, and the lemon-buttermilk dressing that tops it is so lovely, light and summery. With the grilled Halloumi and a bit of crumbled bacon if you dare, this really is a meal-salad.
Enjoy the long, lazy days of summer, and stay out of the kitchen by eating more fresh and colorful salads! You’ll glow so much from healthy stuff, you won’t even need a suntan. If it’s tomato season where you are too, please use really ripe tomato slices. Heirloom would be so gorgeous, don’t you think?
Do you cook much in the summer, or do you prefer salads? Or does everyone just scrounge and fend for themselves?