What’s the longest you’ve taken to get round to something? I made this recipe over 2 years ago. I have actually made it since but this remains the best photograph of this recipe, but it’s been hidden away in my phone waiting to be shared here.
I remember this recipe particularly well because I made it on the day before we moved out of our rented house to our very first home. Our shoebox of a kitchen was half packed, with an island of boxes in the middle, but I really wanted to cook dinner. We’d had a few nights of ready meals and I was desperate for a bit of home cooking, but I could only get to the dishes at the top of the boxes. This recipe requires pretty minimal prep, on the table in less than 15 minutes.
I also wasn’t going to be making a proper Caesar dressing among the boxes so this recipe also includes a cheat’s dressing that is far from authentic but tastes pretty close to the original. And who can really be bothered to emulsify on a normal day anyway?
Halloumi Caesar Salad with cheat’s dressing
1/2 ciabatta loaf
1 pack of halloumi
1 head of baby gem or cos lettuce, washed and shredded
handful of basil, chopped
for the dressing:
3 tbsp mayonnaise
juice of 1/2 lemon
small clove of garlic, finely chopped
to finish – parmesan, or vegetarian alternative
1. Preheat the oven to 200c / gas mark 5. Cut the ciabatta into little slices, then cut each in half to make half moon shapes. Lay on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 4-5 minutes in until crisp. Check after 2 minutes as they can burn quickly.
2. Cube the halloumi and fry in a pan until browned on all sides.
4. Shred the lettuce and chop the basil, toss together, set aside.
5. Mix all the dressing ingredients together until combined, check for seasoning.
6. Divide the lettuce and basil between the two bowls, top with the halloumi and then arrange the ciabatta around the outside. Drizzle over the dressing and then shave (or coarsely grated) parmesan over the top.