A Salad of Grilled Vegetables over Crisp Lettuce with Halloumi Croutons

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Author Notes: We've been eating "lower" carb for the past couple of weeks, so salads are frequently on the menu. This salad reminds me of shish kebab over lettuce. Bonus: Halloumi cheese!inpatskitchen


Serves 4 to 6

For the vinaigrette

  • 1 large clove garlic put through a garlic press or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake, shake shake. Set aside.

For the salad

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 8 ounces Halloumi cheese
  • 1 large Romaine lettuce heart
  • The vinaigrette
  1. Slice the zucchini lengthwise and then slice each half lengthwise again. Cut each spear in half crosswise.
  2. Core the red pepper and then cut into four pieces, keeping them as flat as possible.
  3. Peel the onion and then cut into about six wedges. Skewer the wedges onto a metal or wooden skewer.
  4. Slice the Halloumi into 1/2 inch slices.
  5. Place the zucchini, red pepper pieces, skewered onion and cheese slices in a container with a lid and pour half of the vinaigrette over. Cover and give the container a shake or two and let rest for at least an hour.
  6. Chop the lettuce into bite size pieces and place on a platter. Keep refrigerated while you grill the vegetables and cheese.
  7. Set your grill to medium and lightly char the vegetables and cheese. You want them to retain some crispness so don't over do.
  8. Once everything is slightly charred, remove from the grill. Cut the zucchini and red pepper into bite size pieces and separate the onion wedges a bit. Cut the Halloumi into bite size pieces also.
  9. Arrange the vegetables over the lettuce, top with the Halloumi croutons and drizzle with some of the remaining vinaigrette.

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