Seared Halloumi With Grains
1 cup cooked quinoa or other favorite grain of your choice
2 plum tomatoes, deseeded, small dice
1 bunch scallions, trimmed, finely chopped
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup capers, roughly chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package Halloumi cheese
caper berries, for garnish
Place the cooled grains into a medium size mixing bowl and set aside. Add the tomato, scallions and parsley and set aside.
Slice the Halloumi cheese into 8 slices, pat dry with a paper towel.
Place ideally a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the Halloumi in one layer and cook until golden, about 2-3 minutes. using a spatula, carefully flip the Halloumi and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remove from the heat and set aside.
To the grains add the capers, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
To serve, place the grain salad on a platter or individual plates, top with the seared halloumi and garnish with caper berries. This salad can be served warm or at room temperature.