Grilled Halloumi and Tomato Salad

By Gail Gordon Oliver

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Halloumi is a firm, slightly salty Greek cheese that is wonderful when grilled or pan-fried. Use the best summer tomatoes you can find and enjoy this delightfully fresh and easy salad. Try to source local, artisanally produced halloumi if you can get your hands on it; otherwise, the imported cheese is widely available.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 pound (approximately) halloumi cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Greek
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, sliced
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1/2 lemon
Sea salt (optional)
1 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1/4 tsp dried oregano

In a large shallow glass dish, arrange the cheese in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, hot sauce (if using), garlic, dried oregano and pepper. Pour the mixture evenly over the cheese. Let marinate at room temperature for one hour or in the refrigerator for up to one day. Preheat a gas grill on medium-low. Remove the cheese from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Grill the cheese with the lid down, turning once, until it is soft and develops nice grill marks, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

Arrange the cheese on a serving platter. Pour over the leftover marinade. Scatter the tomato slices on or around the cheese. Drizzle with oil and a bit of lemon juice. Sprinkle the tomatoes lightly with a bit of salt (if using). Sprinkle with the fresh oregano. Serve immediately.