Watermelon Salad with Seared Halloumi

(serves 4 to 6)

Salad Ingredients:
  • 6 oz Halloumi cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 5 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup shredded basil
olive oil, for searing the cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
-In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.  Set aside.
-Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Drizzle in just enough olive oil to coat the pan (one to 
 two teaspoons). 
-Add the cheese slices to the skillet and sear for one minute on each side, until golden. 
 Remove cheese from the skillet and drain on a paper towel.
-When cheese is cool enough to handle, slice into sticks (1/4-inch wide).
-To assemble the salad: arrange spinach leaves on the bottom of a shallow serving dish.
 Top with tomato wedges, watermelon cubes and seared Halloumi.  Sprinkle with 
 shredded basil.  Drizzle with dressing and serve.