How to Blow a Small Person’s Mind

May 31st, 2011 · 13 Comments · Dinner, Grilling, Sides, Salads, Soup, Vegetarian

Abby: Mom, what’s for dinner?
Me: Grilled cheese!
Abby: For dinner????
Me: Yes! On the grill!
Abby: What? The grill?
Me: Yes! And without bread!
Abby: What the…let me get this straight. Grilled cheese made
outside on the grill with no bread? For…dinner?
Me: You got it. And we’ll have some chicken and vegetables on the side.

Grilled Vegetables with Haloumi and Green Sauce
My friend Christine was the one to tell me that grilled haloumi is the fastest way to wake up a plate of grilled vegetables. She recommended brushing it with olive oil and fresh oregano and topping the whole thing with a green sauce. So that’s what we did.(If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the green sauce, I’ll bet a storebought pesto would be just fine.) Haloumi is a firm Greek sheep-goat blend that is available at most cheese shops, Whole Foods, and specialty markets.

Make green sauce: In a blender or small food processor, add a bunch of fresh parsley, 1 garlic clove, 1/3 cup olive oil, 4 scallions (trimmed, white and green parts), salt, pepper, a generous squeeze of lemon juice, a tablespoon or so fresh oregano, a few capers (optional), and whirl away, adding olive oil to reach desired, saucy consistency. (You can add more lemon juice or a little white wine vinegar if you think it tastes too flat.)

Prepare haloumi: Slice horizontally as shown and brush with olive oil and chopped fresh oregano. Prepare your vegetables: Using a sharp knife, slice a zucchini in half, then cut horizontal slices as thinly as you can. Trim bottom of asparagus spears and chop a red pepper in thirds. Put in baking dish with a decent amount of olive oil and generous salt and pepper.  Toss until coated. Grill vegetables for 4-5 minutes, rotating occasionally with a pair of tongs to cook them evenly. Grill haloumi, about 2 minutes a side. Top vegetables with haloumi and drizzle with green sauce.

Hooray! Grilled cheese for dinner!

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Betsy @ BMoore Healthy // May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

    This looks amazing! I just posted a recipe for the grill. Check it out!

  • 2 andrea // May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

    OK YUM! I am totally making this for next cookout!

  • 3 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag // May 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I have been wanting to try haloumi for YEARS, ever since reading about it in a Nigella cookbook! I think now is finally the time! Thanks! ~Melissa

  • 4 Heather at Heather's Dish // May 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve never had haloumi cheese before but judging by this post I’ll have to change that soon! Sounds delicious!

  • 5 A Plum By Any Other Name // May 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Ha, suffice to say I don’t think such a positive response is limited to little ones when it comes to having cheese as a mainstay for dinner. ;) I think I am speaking for the collective when I say it is time to commence the grilling of dairy…

  • 6 mek // May 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    We LOVE haloumi! The green sauce is a great addition.

  • 7 Heather // Jun 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Looks fabulous! We’ll nee dto try this soon. I’m so addicted to grilling anything right now. My DH makes a fabulous grilled pineapple that has been soaked in a rum/lime sauce. Yum!

  • 8 kylee // Jun 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    We do ours with just a little oregano, then grilled and sprinkled with lemon juice. Divine….

  • 9 Sadaf // Jun 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve never tried that cheese before, but it looks delish!! Wonder if I can find it out here. Grilled veg definitely needs something to perk it up, in my humble opinion. Green sauce looks easy enough.. kind of like a chimichurri?

  • 10 Courtney // Jun 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Beautiful platter for dinner – yum! My kind of dinner in this heat – everything is cooked outside. Great post.

  • 11 MommyLisa // Feb 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I love that cheese. Mmmmmm.

  • 12 Maria @ Foodpix // Jan 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    It looks amzing! I miss the taste of Hamouli cheese….
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • 13 Maria @ Foodpix // Jan 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Haloumi cheese*

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