Strawberry salad with speck and halloumi
• 300g strawberries, hulled and cut into 0.5cm slices
• good-quality balsamic vinegar
• juice of ½ a lemon
extra virgin olive oil
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• olive oil
• a few sprigs of fresh basil, leaves picked
• 250g halloumi cheese, cut into 8 thin slices
• a few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked
• a handful of mixed salad leaves, washed and spun dry
• 8 slices of speck
Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese made from goat’s or sheep’s milk and you can get it from all good supermarkets. It’s like a chewy feta but one you can cook with. When fried or grilled it goes all crispy on the outside and soft and slightly chewy on the inside. A brilliant thing to eat.
In a bowl, drizzle the sliced strawberries with a good splash of balsamic vinegar, the lemon juice and some extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. This will draw out and flavour the lovely strawberry juices.
Preheat a large non-stick frying pan to medium hot and add a splash of olive oil. Press a basil leaf on to each slice of halloumi. Place the slices, leaf side down, in the frying pan and fry for a minute. Turn over carefully and fry for another minute until the halloumi is light golden and crisp.
Get yourself four plates and place a couple of pieces of the crispy halloumi on each. Put the mint, the rest of the basil leaves and the salad leaves into the bowl with the strawberries and toss together. Pile some of the strawberry mixture in the middle of each plate and drape the speck over the top. Finish with more salad leaves. To serve, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.