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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Halloumi and Strawberry Salad

It's been 4 weeks now since my chemo session.  I was due to have 3 months of treatment, every other Tuesday.

What time I have left I intend to be spending as quality time having fun with my family and friends.  That includes enjoying as many foodie delights as possible.

I've always had a great love for the saltiness and sqweak of a good quality Halloumi Cheese.  Paired with sweet Strawberries and you encounter the most delicious partnership. 

Having already been through several periods of illness over the past 4/half years, the medical team were unsure that I would be strong enough to accept another session of chemo, especially as this was a lot stronger dose than the treatment previously received

It transpires that my body clearly can't cope.  The first session has just about rendered me pretty much useless.  All further sessions have been cancelled under the circumstances.  This a great relief, what's the point in spending 3 months plus in a zombie like state?

Halloumi & Strawberry Salad (Serves 1 – easily doubles)

4 Strawberries, hulled and cut in half or quartered
½  tbsp Balsamic vinegar
Squirt of Lemon juice
½ tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3  x ½" thick slices Halloumi cheese (cut from a block, or more if starving)
1 tbsp Olive oil
Small handful of mint leaves (finely chopped)
2 small Cos lettuce leaves, finely chopped (or a handful of mixed leaves)

Prepare the Strawberries & dressing:-

Place strawberries into a small bowl, add the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil,. lemon juice and season with sea salt and black pepper.  Stir well to combine and leave to one side.

Prepare the Halloumi:-

Heat olive oil in a frying pan and pan fry the Halloumi slices on both sides until golden brown (about 1-2 minutes per side).

Recipe adapted from scandifoodie


  1. Sorry to hear about your condition. It must be difficult to deal with. Anyway, lovely salad -- thanks for this.

    1. Hola Kitchen Riffs, thanks for stopping by my little web space.

      Your time to leave a sweet comment is much appreciated.

  2. I'm sorry to hear you've been dealing with a long-term illness, and I wish you the best. :) This salad looks so flavorful and delicious!

    1. Many thanks Marcie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a message too.

  3. I usually pair haloumi with watermelon but strawberries makes more sense. The flavours will be much more intense. Yum

    1. Thanks for commenting Raymund. Try it and let me know how it compares.

      Watermelon sounds good too.


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