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Beet Salad with Black Beans and Grilled Halloumi

18 Jan

Beet Salad with Black Beans and Grilled Halloumi

Halloumi is a Greek cheese that gets a beautiful brown crust when grilled.  It’s saltiness pairs great with earthy beets and would be a perfect first course to any dinner party!

2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 red beet, 1 inch top left on
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 blood orange, segmented
  • 1/2 cup fennel, sliced thin
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh mint, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted hazelnuts, skins removed*
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • coarse sea salt and white pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. Halloumi cheese, ask your cheesemonger (that’s right, I said cheesemonger!)**

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.  Drizzle beet with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, sea salt, and white pepper.  Wrap in tin foil and roast for 45-50 minutes, or until tender.  Unwrap beet and let cool, peel and cut into thin slices.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Reserve 1 tsp. blood orange juice from segmented oranges, add balsamic vinegar and whisk in remaining tablespoon of olive oil.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine all the ingredients except the cheese.
  4. Right before serving, heat a non-skillet to medium-high heat.  Drizzle olive oil on cheese and place in skillet.  Flip until Halloumi is browned all sides.  Serve warm Halloumi over salad.

Notes:
* Heat a dry heavy skillet over medium-high until hot, but not smoking.  Add hazelnuts and swirl pan around until hazelnuts are slightly darker in color and become fragrant.  Transfer nuts to a paper towel and rub  between your hands until skins come off.

** If you can’t find halloumi, substitute with another salty cheese such as ricotta salata, but skip the grilling step.  Most cheeses won’t hold up to the high heat.

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1 Comment

Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Beans, Salad, Sides, Uncategorized

 

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One response to “Beet Salad with Black Beans and Grilled Halloumi

  1. cottijgirl

    January 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    That looks delish, would love to try it sometime! Btw, love the new camera….want one!

     

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