Recipe: Brown Rice Salad with Crispy Halloumi

Last updated: September 18, 2023, at 3:42 p.m. PT

Originally published: September 15, 2023, at 10:31 a.m. PT

Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad with Crispy Halloumi


  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Avocado oil spray
  • 8 ounces halloumi, sliced into 8 piecess
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, room temp
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1/3 chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives



  1. In a mason jar, combine lemon, oil, garlic, Dijon, salt, and pepper. Close the lid tightly and shake until emulsified and set aside.
  2. Spray a skillet with avocado oil, heat over medium-high heat, and add halloumi slices. Cook, undisturbed, for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Layer the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle with dressing. Toss well until evenly coated and serve, topped with halloumi slices. 


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