Grilled Halloumi On Kale And White Beans

by | May 27, 2013 | 17 comments

Grilled Halloumi On Kale And White Beans - Cook Republic


This is the last thing I cooked on Friday before I went off on an adventure to the Barossa valley for the very first time (and I will talk about that in length very soon). Last week I found some fresh white beans (cannelini beans) at Thomas Dux. I had never noticed them before and was instantly smitten by their dipped in cream appearance. They are fantastic as raw munching sticks especially with a delicious home made dip. They taste almost like fresh green beans but have a slightly sweet, buttery aftertaste. Having picked up a big bunch of kale for a shoot, I wanted to pair up the contrasting colours on a plate (I am so enjoying prepping and eating based on colour these days). When I put this simple salad dish together, I didn’t realise how flavourful each ingredient was and how they all balanced each other; completely eliminating the need for seasoning or spice. The kale and white beans barely get a minute or two in the pan, just enough to gloss them over and get the flavours going. Their sweetness cuts through perfectly with the tang and saltiness of the halloumi. Do see my notes at the bottom for possible substitutions and meal ideas using this great pan toss recipe.


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Grilled Halloumi, Kale & White Beans


Grilled Halloumi & Kale Toss Recipe - Cook Republic







A light, refreshing salad dish that is greatfor brunch and is full of vibrant flavours that match beautifully. The hint of sweetness in the white beans and blanched kale rival the saltiness of the halloumi perfectly.

Makes – To serve 2 for brunch



1 small red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 cups kale, chopped
1 cup fresh white beans, sliced into 3cm pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
salt and papper to taste
1 block of halloumi (250g) cut into 1/2 inch slices



Heat a frying pan on medium high heat. Place slices of halloumi on the pan, increase heat to high and pan fry. Initially the halloumi will sweat and release liquid. Carefully drain this and continue cooking the halloumi till it starts turning golden. Flip it over and cook other side until golden. This process should take about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove halloumi from the pan and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat oil on high. Sauté onion and garlic for a minute until tender and caramelised. Add cumin, kale and white beans. Sauté for approximately 1-2 minutes until kale is dark and glossy and looks blanched. Remove from heat.

Arrange kale mixture on a plate, top with halloumi slices, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.


My Notes

This easy stir-fry inspired salad can be made ahead and served cold with a splash of mayonnaise-mustard vinaigrette.

You can use this as a sandwich filling with a bit of spicy sauce or make grilled sandwiches.

Haloumi can be replaced with cottage cheese and kale can be substituted with spinach.

White beans can be replaced by green beans, snow peas or even canned cannelini beans.




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  1. Jennifer @ Delicieux

    Hope you had fun in the Barossa Sneh! I had a fantastic, but far too brief, visit over Christmas. I can’t wait to go back. So much delicious food.

    Love the look of this dish too. Cannellini beans are one of my favourite beans.

  2. Sarah

    I would love to go to the Barossa – can’t wait to hear about your adventures! And YUM, haloumi. Haloumi and greens is one of my favourite lazy dinners.

  3. milkteaxx

    i love haloumi and and kale so this dish is perfect for me!

  4. Rosa

    A tasty combination and fabulous dish! I love everything about this recipe.



  5. jehanne@thecookingdoctor

    this looks perfect! Halloumi is my favourite cheese, and you have captured it so gorgeously.

  6. Tess

    Halloumi is the most delicious thing!
    Thanks for the great serving tips.

  7. Colette @ JFF

    I just got some kale & wasn’t sure what to do w it.
    This is a great dish for lunch today!

  8. Anna @The Littlest Anchovy

    What a beautifully simple and fresh meal Sneh! I also love the other ideas you gave, especially the grilled sandwich! Looking forward to your Barossa post – your instagrams were beautiful.

  9. Puja @

    Yum! I love halloumi and kale. I am sure they taste fantastic together! 🙂 Your pictures are beautiful too!

  10. Kiran @

    Halloumi & kale looks like a delish combo! I followed you on your visit to Borossa via Instagram. Such a fun place!

  11. Merryn@merrynsmenu

    What a wonderful combination. Haloumi is a great pick me up and this dish is delicious!


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