I am in love again – Vegetable and haloumi skewers on mâche salad with fava beans – roasted bell pepper, capers and lemon vinaigrette
Je suis encore tombée amoureuse – Brochettes de haloumi et courgettes sur salade de mâche aux fèves – vinaigrette de poivrons grillés, citron et câpres
Have you ever felt this strong chemistry with someone you just meet for the first few seconds, without even talking just by the energy that this person emits? It can be a man or a woman, just anyone. There is something out there, as if your energy “captures” the energy of the other person and something magical happens…Now between a man and a woman, it can be more of a sexual chemistry (well among same sex people too, if you are gay). It happened to me with a lady I met (I am not gay) and the first three seconds I saw her, I just liked her. I felt so comfortable and at ease, that I thought I knew her. Not sure how it’s called, maybe the pheromones (between two people from opposite sex), the chemistry, I don’t know. It is a strange feeling when this happens. Things feel just right.
Well this happened to me today with…this salad. I am just in love. In this particular case it has to do with the flavors, my palate met those “magical flavors and we are in love (well at least me). I have been eating this three days in a row and cannot get enough of it. I am hooked, the only problem is that that beautiful haloumi has too many calories for a every day consumption, so I just added a few pieces here and there, among the other vegetables. This whole composition matches what I love best and what I enjoy eating most, light, fragrant, nutritious, dishes that make you feel good after you eat them. I am very health conscious (sometimes I tend to be a freak in that area, I am aware of it), since I work out two hours a day and I do pay a lot of attention to what I eat. The good thing is that I am against all kinds of diets, which I think most of them deprive your body from many nutrients, and I cannot eat blend food, it needs to be exciting, fragrant, and most of all stimulate my sense. So yes I am deeply in love, and here is the “heureux élu“, the lucky one, that makes my palate race. Et ça, c’est l’amour!!!!!
This type of dressing can be used in many ways, I just like it on grilled vegetables, the sweetness of the grill pepper combined with capers and lemon results in a wonderful and magical blend.
Now my other little weakness is the mâche salad, I have always been going crazy for it, we grew it in the garden and it’s a very common salad in France. I have some strong memories of huge quantities of mâche prepared just for me when I came home from High school (I was lucky enough to come and have lunch with my parents when going to school)…and those memories will not fade away.
Ingredients for 4 (2 skewers each)
- 3 small zucchini, cut crosswise (about 3/4 inch thick)
- 1/2 red onion
- 16 cherry tomatoes
- 1 piece haloumi
- mâche salad
- 1 cup fava beans
- 1/3 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon
- salt and pepper
For the vinaigrette
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tbs basil, chopped finely
- 1 tsp capers, chopped finely
- zest of 1 lemon (keep some for decoration)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
In a mixing container, combine zucchini, tomatoes, onions, then add cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover, marinate and refrigerate for a few hours.
After they marinate, using a bamboo skewer, take a zucchini slice, an onion piece, a piece of haloumi, onion and proceed with all the ingredients. Grill on a grill pan until all the sides are golden brown. Serve hot on a bed of fava bean/mâche salad, and spoon vinaigrette on top.
For the vinaigrette
Roast pepper in the oven under broiler. When the skin is all charred, take pepper out from oven, let it cool, then remove skin and seeds. Cut in small dices.
In a bowl, combine peppers, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper. Mix well.
For the salad
Remove fava beans from their pod. Bring a pot of boiling water to a boil, then add fava beans. Cook for about 3 minutes (less if the beans are small and tender), drain and peel. Set aside.
Let the fava bean cool. Mix with mache salad, and drizzle with a little oil, lemon juice and a little bit of salt.
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- More vegan – Layers of spaghetti squash with vegetables and tofu – polenta cakes with herbes de Provence
- Some kind of salad niçoise
- Yams and zucchini mille feuilles, sauté tofu steak, wild mushrooms and tomato fondue
- Beet carpaccio with raspberries and raspberry vinegar dressing, goat yogurt herb sauce
- Zucchini three ways – Farro with zucchini, shiitake, peas, zucchini cream and marinated zucchini ribbons
- Grilled octopus, fennel and fava bean saute, roasted pepper salsa, mixed herb salsa
- Arugula salad with beets, blood orange and walnuts, citrus vinaigrette
- Raw and crunchy – Golden beet salad, hearts of palm and edamame with poached egg, cilantro raspberry vinaigrette
- In the wide world of galettes – Cauliflower and zucchini galettes, bed of carrots, yogurt sauce
Silvia – you may think I’m a cave dweller, I didn’t know what haloumi was. I had to look it up! You’ve written so well about these skewers laden with fresh and tasty ingredients, I want to make them this weekend! I need to find that haloumi cheese – that may be the challenge!
Hope you will take some time to enjoy the holiday weekend too! =)
This looks so summer, so colourful and appetizing!
Ouah, your salad looks delicious!
I love your pictures!
We have very similar weakness. I am stealing the vinaigrette recipe
Simplicity is nice! Again you did a wonderful job on this. Something perfect for the heaty wave here. Have a nice day!
Another gorgeous picture, love these looks glistening good!
As a young adult I dieted on all kinds of crazy scenarios…so I’m defintely with you on moderation is best.
I’ve used Halloumi in the past and enjoyed its semi-melting texture very much.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a few people interested in this cheese. I’ve mentioned this on other blogs before…and I’ll hopefully service your readers too…If ever they have a hard time finding this cheese…it can also be found under the name of Doré-mi. I know that it sells in most grocery stores across Canada.
Great recipe and thanks for sharing your always appetizing meals ;o)
Flavourful wishes, Claudia
You make the most incredible food! You know I love meals with loads of color!
Looks delicious. I love halloumi and never thought to put it on a skewer. Perfect.
This looks absolutely delicious!
I have felt this powerful attraction from the second I laid eyes on this blog. Your talent, style, passion, and expertise have me enraptured.
I think the haloumi skewers are fantastic. Great addition of cumin, love that.
The vinaigrette with the roasted red pepper, capers, and acidity from the lemon juice and zest…perfect balance.
All the way around fabulous dish, not to mention the mache salad and fava beans. Can’t forget about those.
Il ya beaucoup de gens qui sont amoureux de ton site (Lazarro par exemple vient de me faire une déclaration) et tu peux m’ajouter à la liste! Je serais également prête à manger cette salade tous les jours durant toute la saison sans problème, sans me lasser!
Pardon, je voulais dire Lazarro vient de TE faire une déclaration!
It is easy tro see why you would be hooked on this Sylvie:D
Your salad look so gorgeous, I can imagine to easily to fall in love with.
I don’t know…the moment I saw the photos, it was more like food LUST! I just want to gobble it up–no lasting connection…it that wrong!?!
The skewers look amazing. I love the grill marks on the vegetables.
That’s terrific you work out 2 hours a day. Looks like you reward your body with great nutrients.
Beautiful photograph of a delicious healthy recipe. I have to try this one, thanks for sharing. I love all your ingredients!
Well, of course you are in love!! Any women in her right mind would go mad for this beauty! Look at it – it is summer on a plate! And the flavours in this would make any cheese loving woman go insane with delight.
Two days ago I did something very bad…I ate a whole small wheel of Brie, all by myself, in one day!!!! *eeeeek* I am terrible, but I am so happy But….no more, at least until next week, though I feel like running to the store tomorrow to buy another LOL
This looks amazing…Not that I have seen a post from you that has not been:) Love the vinaigrette! And the skewers are making me want to fire up the BBQ yet again!
these look delicious..and so beautiful with those jewel like colors!!!
I know this feeling … particularly with food! Beautiful salad – I can’t say that I would have your self control when it comes to the haloumi, however!
This dish just screams summer! Looks gorgeous and delicious.
I am in love too, Silvia. This sounds so delicious. If you cooked for me every day, I would be able to be a strict vegetarian! Seriously…