Grilled Halloumi Salad

This Mediterranean grilled halloumi salad is easy to make with pan-grilled halloumi cheese, chewy farro, fresh veggies and herbs, and a zippy lemon dressing. Feel free to add in chicken or shrimp if you’d like, too! We’ve been on a grilled halloumi cheese kick here in our house this past year, so I figured it […]

This Mediterranean grilled halloumi salad is easy to make with pan-grilled halloumi cheese, chewy farro, fresh veggies and herbs, and a zippy lemon dressing. Feel free to add in chicken or shrimp if you’d like, too!

Grilled Halloumi Salad

We’ve been on a grilled halloumi cheese kick here in our house this past year, so I figured it was high time to finally share a few of our favorite halloumi recipes here with you…

…beginning with this vibrant grilled halloumi salad. ♡

It’s made with the most delicious blend of fresh and flavorful ingredients inspired by the Mediterranean, including grilled halloumi, cool crisp cucumber, rich Kalamata olives and toasted pine nuts. Then it’s brightened up with lots of fresh greens, mint and my favorite zippy lemony dressing, and made extra hearty with some chewy farro added in. When you put everything together, this salad is just downright delicious.

If you’re new to working with halloumi cheese, it is super-easy to cook indoors in just a few minutes with a grill pan (or really, any sort of sauté pan), or you’re of course welcome to fire up the grill outside if you prefer. Feel free to add in any other extra proteins, veggies, beans, or greens that you might like too. And while I personally love this salad served immediately while the grilled halloumi is still nice and warm, we’ve also enjoyed this salad for leftovers on more than one occasion and can vouch that it holds up well in the fridge if you would like to prep it in advance. (See my notes on that below.)

Bottom line, if you love grilled cheese and salad, this salad is going to be right up your alley. So pick up some halloumi the next time you’re at the market and let’s make a batch together!
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Avocado Egg Salad

We make hard boiled eggs every single week. They are a great healthy snack to have in the fridge. I also use them to make egg salad, deviled eggs, and this healthy Avocado Egg Salad. Adding creamy avocado changes everything. Avocados really do make eve…

We make hard boiled eggs every single week. They are a great healthy snack to have in the fridge. I also use them to make egg salad, deviled eggs, and this healthy Avocado Egg Salad. Adding creamy avocado changes everything. Avocados really do make everything better! I promise you are are going to love this…

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Everyday Salad

My favorite “everyday” salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a simple and delicious lemony dressing, and so versatile that it goes with just about everything! Friends! Do you have a go-to side salad recipe in your repertoire that you absolutely love? This simple green salad — which we fondly call our […]

My favorite “everyday” salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a simple and delicious lemony dressing, and so versatile that it goes with just about everything!

Everyday Salad Recipe

Friends! Do you have a go-to side salad recipe in your repertoire that you absolutely love? This simple green salad — which we fondly call our “everyday” salad here in our house — is mine.

It’s the no-frills, easy-breezy, fresh-and-flavorful, always-a-winner green salad recipe that we make most often here in our house behind the scenes. And even after eating it literally hundreds of times, it’s one of those staple recipes that we somehow never grow tired of. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make with a bag of greens (we most often use spring greens), a veggie or two (we usually add red onion, plus cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, or whatever’s in the crisper drawer), a sprinkling of nuts/seeds for protein and crunch (we’re partial to pepitas or sunflower seeds), and my favorite “everyday” salad dressing (that’s super-simple to whip up). Best of all, this tossed salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and always tastes wonderfully light and fresh and flavorful. And it also happens to be naturally gluten-free and vegan — and somehow magically goes with just about any meal!

The sky’s the limit, of course, when it comes to customizing this recipe with whatever greens, veggies, nuts, or even dressing ingredients that you happen to have on hand. And if you feel like making a meal out of this salad, it also tastes delicious with an extra protein (such as chicken or shrimp) and/or some croutons added in too.

Anyway, if you’re interested in working more salads into your weekly lunch and dinner rotations, I hope you’ll give this salad recipe a try. It is definitely a favorite here in our house! (more…)

Simple Green Salad

We all need a good green salad recipe in our back pocket…which is why I can’t believe that in almost 10(!) years of blogging, I haven’t shared a simple green salad until today. That’s not to say that there’s a shortage of …


We all need a good green salad recipe in our back pocket…which is why I can’t believe that in almost 10(!) years of blogging, I haven’t shared a simple green salad until today. That’s not to say that there’s a shortage of salad recipes on the site (broccoli salad, pasta salad, or avocado salad, anyone?). But it has been missing a quick, refreshing salad that you can toss together at the last minute and serve with almost anything. Well, let me introduce you to my favorite green salad recipe. It’s simple, but it doesn’t skimp at all on texture or […]

Egg Salad

Easter is on Sunday and that means we will be up to our eyeballs in hard-boiled eggs. We always dye way too many eggs, but it is so fun! Plus, I love having extra hard boiled eggs to make deviled eggs and Egg Salad! I love making Avocado Egg Salad, but…

Easter is on Sunday and that means we will be up to our eyeballs in hard-boiled eggs. We always dye way too many eggs, but it is so fun! Plus, I love having extra hard boiled eggs to make deviled eggs and Egg Salad! I love making Avocado Egg Salad, but classic Egg Salad is…

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Carrot Salad

This carrot salad recipe is one of my new favorites. I love it because it’s so simple (really, you can make it in 15 minutes or less), so vibrant, and so delicious. Crisp carrot matchsticks mingle with nutty pistachios, fresh cilantro, and mint. …


This carrot salad recipe is one of my new favorites. I love it because it’s so simple (really, you can make it in 15 minutes or less), so vibrant, and so delicious. Crisp carrot matchsticks mingle with nutty pistachios, fresh cilantro, and mint. Medjool dates add sweetness, and a cumin-spiced dressing ties it all together. This carrot salad recipe would be a stunning side dish for a special occasion brunch or dinner, and it packs up nicely for lunch or a picnic too. Most often, though, I eat it at the counter, scooping forkful after forkful straight from the bowl. […]

Grilled Asparagus Caesar.

I’m here to tell you that you need this grilled asparagus caesar salad in your life! I swear. It’s not just any old asparagus. Oh my gosh. This… is so delicious. So much tastier than it even looks. Truly!  This is the best thing I’ve eaten off the grill in a long time. And if […]

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I’m here to tell you that you need this grilled asparagus caesar salad in your life!

grilled asparagus caesar with sourdough croutons

I swear. It’s not just any old asparagus.

Oh my gosh. This… is so delicious. So much tastier than it even looks. Truly! 

asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper

This is the best thing I’ve eaten off the grill in a long time. And if you follow my week in the life posts, then you know we grill all year long! I still usually grill at least one dinner a week and we grill on the weekends too, even when it’s cold and snowy. 

So it’s not like we’ve been without the grill!

But there is something about this asparagus. Maybe because it’s the first REAL taste of spring and summer off of the grill? 

grilled bread and asparagus

The recipe could not be more simple! Perfect for your easter or spring brunch.

It’s my yogurt caesar dressing – I know I just rambled on about it when I shared our go-to kale caesar.

Asparagus spears that are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper then thrown on the grill. In a pinch you really could roast these but they just won’t have that smoky, charred flavor.

There’s lots of parmesan.

I like to use both shaved parmesan and then a finely grated parmesan to really hit all the spots. 

And sourdough croutons! I like to grill the sourdough slices too, then chop or tear them into pieces. Of course, you could do breadcrumbs like I do in the kale salad. But having bigger croutons here makes the whole dish a little more substantial since there aren’t any greens.

homemade caesar dressing

The secret is seasoning everything as you go. Seasoning the asparagus, the bread, the dressing. It’s key!

asparagus right off the grill

Oh! And let me tell you about my asparagus caesar hack. Last week I grilled the asparagus and the bread. And then I drizzle the caesar on a slice of the bread, topped it with multiple asparagus spears and parmesan. Kind of like an asparagus caesar toast!

It was perfect too.

grilled asparagus caesar with sourdough croutons

Really, it’s all of the flavors here that come together and make you crave warmer weather. Charred, smoky vegetables, creamy dressing, crunchy, golden sourdough. Nutty and savory parmesan.

Everything is super simple, but really delicious when combined. I love a recipe like that. (more…)

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Avocado Salad

This avocado salad recipe is my favorite sort of thing to make. I love how all the vibrant colors play off one another – the bright pink and yellow beets, the vivid orange carrots, and the pale green avocado. But even more than how these ingredie…


This avocado salad recipe is my favorite sort of thing to make. I love how all the vibrant colors play off one another – the bright pink and yellow beets, the vivid orange carrots, and the pale green avocado. But even more than how these ingredients look together, I love how they taste. The avocado is rich and creamy, the root veggies are sweet and earthy, and watercress adds a peppery, refreshing kick. All together, they make a stunning side dish that would be perfect for a special occasion brunch or dinner (or even a regular one, for that matter!). […]

Spring Pasta Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.

Hello springtime! We’re ringing you in with an asparagus pasta salad!  It’s possible that it’s a weird pregnancy craving, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about pasta salads lately! It may be because I have my favorite house pasta salad coming in Everyday Dinners (yes!!! order here!) or just because I made some […]

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Hello springtime! We’re ringing you in with an asparagus pasta salad! 

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

It’s possible that it’s a weird pregnancy craving, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about pasta salads lately! It may be because I have my favorite house pasta salad coming in Everyday Dinners (yes!!! order here!) or just because I made some delicious pasta salads last summer and I can’t wait until it’s warm again. 

Either way, we’re all going to reap the benefits this year.

Bring on the cravings! 

pasta, scallions, tomatoes, asparagus, cheddar in a bowl

This asparagus pasta salad would make the perfect side dish for your easter brunch, lunch or dinner. That’s one of the reasons I love pasta salad like this – they are so easy and versatile. You can prep them ahead of time and they work at nearly every sort of meal, especially when it’s a special occasion.

pouring honey mustard dressing on asparagus pasta salad

I didn’t always love pasta salad – as a kid, all I can remember are pasta salads with cubes of meat. Like salami or pepperoni and I just never cared for it. Until I started making my own pasta salads with a variety of ingredients and homemade dressings. That was the game changer.

They are also a dish that I love to prepare for the week ahead. Prepping one usually takes around 30 minutes or so and you can enjoy it for lunch or dinner. It only gets better as it sits in the fridge!

Yum.

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

I’m just a little bit excited that asparagus season is here too. Some of my favorites? This asparagus potato salad and my bacon wrapped sesame asparagus!

For this pasta salad, I quickly cook the asparagus in a skillet, just so it makes it easier for everyone to eat. I cut the spears into thirds and then toss in a hot pan with olive oil, salt and pepper. After that, you’re good to go!

If you’d like to walk on the wide side, you could also shave the asparagus with a vegetable peeler and NOT cook it. I have a few recipes where I used shaved asparagus (like this salad from last year) and if you want to try it, pasta salad would be great. It will soften a bit as it marinates in the dressing with the pasta.

You definitely have options here!

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

The rest of the pasta salad ingredients are simple: tomatoes, green onions, cubed cheddar or fontina (I’ve used both and they are equally as delicious) and fresh herbs. This combination complements the honey mustard dressing so super well.

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

Oh yes! 

This pasta salad is showered with my honey mustard vinaigrette – possibly my favorite dressing of all time! It is SO GOOD. If you’re a honey mustard freak like me, you will love it. 

Creamy dressings have never been my favorite so the fact that this is a vinaigrette with all that honey mustard flavor? I can’t even handle it. It’s wonderful. 

I’d like to dip a baguette or something right in it. It also holds up so well on pasta or salads in the fridge and makes things even more flavorful. 

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

Of course, as usual, feel free to switch things up based on what you have in the fridge and what ingredients you love. If you’ve even like to make it more spring forward, you could toss in some arugula and peas and a little lemon zest! 

You can’t go wrong. 

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

Asparagus Pasta Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

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Asparagus Pasta Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

This asparagus pasta salad is the perfect dish for spring! Tossed in a delicious honey mustard vinaigrette, it is super flavorful and easy.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

pasta salad

  • 1 pound pasta, cooked
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, woody stems removed and cut into thirds
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces white cheddar or fontina cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs, like basil and parsley

honey mustard dressing

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the asparagus is bright green in color and slightly softened (like as if you would eat it straight from the pan!), then turn off the heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, the asparagus, tomatoes, green onions and cheddar cheese. Pour in the dressing and toss well to combine. Taste the pasta salad and add another pinch of salt and pepper if you find that it needs it (this will depend on how much you use for the boiling pasta, dressing and asparagus!). Stir in the fresh herbs.
  • You can store this in the fridge now until serving, or you can serve it immediately. It will last in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. If you are making it a day or so ahead of time, I suggest tossing in the fresh herbs right before serving.
  • Enjoy!

honey mustard dressing

  • Whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic and a big pinch of both salt and pepper. Stream in the olive oil while whisking until it’s emulsified. You can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge for 1 to 2 days!

asparagus pasta salad with honey mustard dressing

Tastes like spring!

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