This Mediterranean inspired Halloumi Caesar Salad is a complete meal! Croutons, crunchy cucumbers and crisp lettuce are coated in a creamy and cooling vegetarian (no anchovy) Greek Yogurt Caesar dressing. Filling and intensely flavorful, this is not your average halloumi salad!

A greek inspired vegetarian caesar salad . Greek yogurt dressing infused with green olives, and halloumi cheese!

Have you tried halloumi cheese yet?

If you live in London, the answer is probably a resounding “DUH!” because it is on every gastropub’s menu in some form here. Halloumi burgers, halloumi salad, deep fried halloumi and chips, halloumi everything. But obviously, not everyone who reads this blog lives in London and what I’m hearing is that it can be harder to track down in some parts of the world. (But you should try!)

A greek inspired vegetarian caesar salad . Greek yogurt dressing infused with green olives, and halloumi cheese!

It hails from Cyprus but is also popular in Turkish and Lebanese cuisine, and, more recently, the aforementioned British pubs.

It’s a super salty non-melting cheese made from goats and/or sheep’s milk, commonly described as “squeaky”

A very strange adjective to describe food, but sort of accurate.

A greek inspired vegetarian caesar salad . Greek yogurt dressing infused with green olives, and halloumi cheese!

And halloumi sits beautifully in places where chicken otherwise might have, so halloumi salads are common. But sometimes, let’s be honest, restaurants and pubs do not do justice to salads. Treating them as a light option, or just a side dish.

Well I’ve remedied that. This halloumi salad is a whooole meal. I’d consider it healthy and nutritious, but it’s not light – I think “hearty” is the word I am looking for.

A greek inspired vegetarian caesar salad . Greek yogurt dressing infused with green olives, and halloumi cheese!

Adding a very salty cheese to a very salty, briny dressing like caesar could be overkill if you’re not careful. So by using a nice cool greek yogurt as a base, and adding a handful of crunchy spiralized cucumber, we’re keeping things in check.

How to Make the Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad Dressing

This greek yogurt caesar dressing is anchovy-free (because, hi! vegetarian blog right here!) so to make up for the lack of salty, briny anchovy, I’ve subbed capers. And also… surprise!… green olives! They add a little olive-y kick for extra Greek-ness in this bowl. I think it works, but if you’re skeptical, no problemo! Just throw in some more capers, or some anchovy-free Worcestershire sauce.

And since you’re going to the effort of making some croutons and cooking halloumi, the dressing is very easy to make. Everything goes in a food processor. Blend. You’re done!

A greek inspired vegetarian caesar salad . Greek yogurt dressing infused with green olives, and halloumi cheese!

If tomorrow you go out looking for this mysterious squeaky cheese, and find that halloumi is in short supply where you live, here’s what you can do. Either make your own (why not!), or use whatever non-melting cheese you have available to you, like Farmers Cheese or paneer. And add a little salt and seasoning when it’s roasting!

A greek inspired vegetarian caesar salad . Greek yogurt dressing infused with green olives, and halloumi cheese!

Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad with Halloumi

Yield: 4 big bowls of salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Mediterranean inspired Halloumi Caesar Salad is a complete meal! Croutons, crunchy cucumbers and crisp lettuce are coated in a creamy and cooling vegetarian (no anchovy) Greek Yogurt Caesar dressing. Filling and intensely flavorful, this is not your average halloumi salad!

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 of a baguette, chopped into small chunks
  • 4 Tbsp grated parmesan (or a vegetarian Italian hard cheese)
  • 14oz (400g) of halloumi, cut into 8 slices (2 per serving)

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup of greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp of capers
  • 5 green olives, pitted
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 Tbps of parmesan (or vegetarian Italian hard cheese)

Instructions

  1. First, make your dressing by blending all ingredients in a food processor, or using an immersion blender in a tall jug. Refrigerate.
  2. Chop your baguette or hot dog rolls into chunks, whatever size you'd like your croutons to be.
  3. Pan fry in olive oil until golden and crisp, tossing regularly in the pan to cook on each side.
  4. Cut your halloumi into 4 long slices. Brush each side with olive oil and grill on a high heat for 5 to 7 minutes on each side (this really depends on your oven so just keep a close eye on it- you want it to crisp up and brown, but not burn)
  5. Toss the lettuce, croutons and dressing in a large bowl and toss to distribute the dressing evenly.
  6. Scoop out the salad into bowls. Top with halloumi, a handful each of spiralized cucumber, and grated parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1188mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 34g

Please note that the nutritional information is an estimate based on software calculations and will not be completely accurate - please use this as a guideline only.

If you love Caesar salads, you should also try my vegan caesar salad with avocado and garlic croutons!