Grilled Fattoush with Halloumi and Eggplant

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We love halloumi cheese, it's such a fantastic cheese with a great taste and texture. If you don't have, or can't find halloumi (it's usually in Greek supermarkets or specialty cheese stores), mozzarella will work, but don't grill it.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]YIELD: 4 servings
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Dressing

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grill
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup halved pitted Castelvetrano or other green olives
  • 3 tablespoons salted, roasted pistachios
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Assembly

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 (6)-inch pitas
  • 2 medium eggplants, halved lengthwise (or crosswise if using 1 large eggplant)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grill
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 (8)-ounce package Halloumi cheese
  • 2 large Persian cucumbers or 1 small English hothouse cucumber
  • 1 pound tomatoes, halved, cut into wedges if large
  • 1/2 cup torn mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup dill sprigs

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Prepare a grill for medium heat; oil grate. Grill scallions and jalapeño, turning once, until lightly blistered and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes for scallions and 4 minutes for jalapeño. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly.

Slice open jalapeño and scrape out seeds (unless you like things very spicy); discard. Coarsely chop chile and scallions. Mix in a medium bowl with olives, pistachios, lemon juice, vinegar, and 5 Tbsp. oil; season dressing with salt and pepper. Dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Assemble the salad:

Mix thyme, sesame seeds, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Lightly coat pitas and eggplants with 2 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and rub with thyme mixture. Grill, turning occasionally and moving to a cooler part of grill if needed to avoid scorching, until pitas are golden and crisp and eggplants are browned and tender, 5 minutes for pitas, and 8–10 minutes for eggplants. Transfer to a platter and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, grill Halloumi until charred and soft, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to platter with pitas and eggplants.

Tear pitas and Halloumi into chunky pieces, then cut eggplants into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a large bowl and add cucumbers, tomatoes, and dressing. Give everything a good toss to bring it all together; season with salt. Top with mint leaves and dill sprigs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1584215403674{margin-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”3″ accent_color=”#ffffff”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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