GRILLED HALLOUMI WITH STRAWBERRIES AND HERBS

grilled haloumiYou’ll want to eat the cheese as soon as possible after it comes out of the pan-it’s most magical when hot.

YIELD: Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 serrano chile, seeds removed if desired, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces strawberries, hulled, sliced
  • 1 8-9-ounce package halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

PREPARATION:

To make the dressing, whisk together 3 tablespoons oil, lime juice, agave nectar, chile, and pepper to taste. Toss with strawberries and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot, add halloumi. Cook cheese for 2-3 minutes per side without disturbing, until a deep brown crust forms.

Remove cheese from skillet and spoon straw- berry mixture over slices of cheese. Top with mint and cilantro and serve immediately, while cheese is still warm.

Courtesy of Epicurious.com