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Haloumi + Sweet Potato Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Haloumi + Sweet Potato Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette
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Moshe Wulliger

If you’ve ever walked into any dairy cafe in Israel, like literally any, you know exactly what this salad is. Crunchy greens, crispy baked sweet potato, grilled or sautéed to crunchy and gooey cheesy perfection, drizzled with a yummy dressing! It’s the cheesy salad of your dreams and this is my version!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ÂĽ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ÂĽ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • Âľ cup extra virgin olive oil

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2.2 lb/1 kilo total), peeled and cut into ÂĽ-inch-thick sticks
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 (1lb/400g) block haloumi cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes

Directions

FOR THE DRESSING:

  1. Combine blueberries and vinegars in a bowl or jar.
  2. Using a spoon, smush blueberries a bit to help them open up and release their flavor into the vinegars.
  3. Add remaining salad ingredients to the bowl or jar; whisk well or shake to combine.
  4. Refrigerate until 15 minutes before you want to dress your salad!

FOR THE SALAD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add sweet potato sticks, salt, pepper and olive oil to prepared baking sheet; toss to combine.
  3. Spread sweet potatoes so they do not overlap.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes until sweet potato sticks are crispy.
  5. While sweet potatoes are baking, arrange baby spinach, arugula, and onion on a large, rimmed serving platter; set aside.
  6. Heat a dairy nonstick frying pan over medium high heat.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and the cubed haloumi. (You don’t want to overcrowd the pan, so if your pan is on the smaller side, you may want to do this in batches.)
  8. Cook haloumi for about 8 minutes, tossing cubes around every minute or so, so that all the sides can crisp up.
  9. Once cubes are crispy and hot, remove from pan and place on prepared salad.
  10. Add crispy sweet potatoes to the salad; drizzle blueberry vinaigrette all over!
  11. Serve right away and enjoy!

NOTE: Not all haloumis are created equal. In the Middle East it’s pretty easy to find good haloumi cheese. If you’re not in the Middle East, however, I recommend you try a few different brands until you find one that you like!

TIPS + TRICKS: This dressing is delicious and completely irresistible. Try swapping out the haloumi cheese for a simple grilled chicken for a fun meat twist!

Excerpted from Peas Love and Carrots by Danielle Renov. Copyright 2020 by ArtScroll Mesorah Publications, photos by Moshe Wulliger. Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.

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