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Pan-Seared Halloumi Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

Craving a vegetarian dish that explodes with flavor and vibrant contrast? Look no further than this Pan-Seared Halloumi Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa! This recipe is a symphony of textures and tastes, transporting you from the mundane to the Mediterranean with every bite.

Imagine the satisfying sizzle of halloumi cheese as it transforms into golden, crispy perfection. The cool, creamy avocado mingles with juicy grapefruit segments, their tangy sweetness balanced by the subtle heat of red onion and cilantro. A sprinkle of Grapefruit Salt, a unique blend of dehydrated ruby red grapefruit and kosher salt, adds an intriguing depth of flavor, unlike any ordinary seasoning.

This salad isn't just about taste, it's a visual feast as well. The vibrant hues of ruby red grapefruit, emerald green avocado, and sun-kissed halloumi create a masterpiece on your plate. Mixed greens, juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, and bell peppers complete the picture, offering a refreshing counterpoint to the richer ingredients.

Whether you're a seasoned vegetarian or simply looking for a lighter option, this recipe is sure to impress. It's perfect for a quick and satisfying lunch, a light and flavorful dinner, or even a delightful appetizer to share with friends. So ditch the boring and embrace the extraordinary with this Pan-Seared Halloumi Salad – a delightful escape for your taste buds!

Pan-Seared Halloumi Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

Pan-Seared Halloumi Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado Salsa

Serves 2


  • For the Halloumi:

  • 1 block (8 oz) halloumi cheese, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • For the Grapefruit & Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled, sectioned, and membranes removed

  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced

  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tbsp lime juice

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1/2 tsp Grapefruit Salt

  • For the Salad:

  • Mixed baby greens (your choice)

  • Cherry tomatoes, halved

  • Cucumber, thinly sliced

  • Red bell pepper, thinly sliced


  1. Prepare the Halloumi: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season halloumi slices with pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy.

  2. Make the Grapefruit & Avocado Salsa: In a bowl, combine grapefruit, avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, honey, and Grapefruit Salt. Toss gently to combine and set aside.

  3. Assemble the Salad: Arrange mixed greens on a plate. Top with sliced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and cooked halloumi slices. Spoon the grapefruit & avocado salsa over the top and enjoy!


  • For a heartier meal, make it a grain bowl by adding cooked quinoa, farro, pearled barley or brown rice.

  • Serve this salad with warm pita bread for dipping.

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