One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to go to the farmers market. There are just so many great fruits and vegetables available that grocery shopping is actually fun. An absolute must purchase during this season are strawberries. During the peak season, they’re so sweet it’s like eating candy. I usually just pop them right in my mouth but sometimes I’ll make a fun dessert or throw them in my lunch salad. Toss them with some avocado and fried halloumi and it’s like summer in a bowl. Try this strawberry avocado salad with halloumi and crispy chickpeas and you’ll see what I mean.
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For years now I always used to make my blackened chicken and strawberry salad when I wanted to add the berry to my meal. This year I wanted something different, hence this strawberry avocado with halloumi salad. I am a huge fan of all of these ingredients so it was pretty much a guarantee that this was going to be a winning dish.
Since we’re using fresh strawberries, make sure to find sweet berries. The juicy sweet fruit will contrast perfectly with the salty halloumi and creamy avocado.
Prep the raw ingredients and cook the chickpeas and halloumi. For the chickpeas, it’s imperative that you dry the beans as well as you can. This will help them crisp up beautifully. Cook them in a little bit of olive oil, add some sliced almonds, garlic, and lemon zest and there you have the crunchy component of the salad.
For the salad dressing, I wanted something earthy and creamy to balance the entire dish so I went with a green goddess dressing. I skipped the mayo and went with Greek yogurt for some tang but you can stick to mayo if your heart desires. Use a combination of herbs including cilantro, basil, and parsley, and blend everything together. If the dressing is too thick, add just a touch of water.
Toss everything together including the shallots and golden raisins and there you have a simple but beautiful strawberry and avocado salad with halloumi. As I said, it’s a true winner!
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