Mediterranean Salad, an entree salad with either chicken or Halloumi, tomatoes, olives, fresh basil, and vibrant greens, on a black plate

Mediterranean Salad – Two Ways: Vegetarian and Omnivore

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Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner, this Mediterranean Salad takes very little preparation time. You can make this vegetarian-friendly, with grilled Halloumi cheese, or omnivore-friendly with roasted chicken. Both versions feature juicy colourful tomatoes, salty olives, fresh basil, and big handfuls of vibrant greens. I created this salad to pair with my Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing, but it would also be delicious with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.

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Mediterranean Salad with Halloumi

Eating Together Made Easy

A big focus at not not nutritious is to create recipes that accommodate different diet types, helping groups of diverse eaters to save plan and prep time. This recipe works for both vegetarians and omnivores.

If you’re vegan/plant-based, you could enjoy the salad without the protein, although that’s obviously not a meal all on its own. I haven’t yet mastered my own vegan Halloumi so I haven’t included it here, but I have tried this Vegan Tofu Halloumi recipe, which calls for marinating and then grilling tofu, and I thought it was quite good. That recipe calls for a waffle iron or sandwich press, neither one of which I have, but I was able to grill the Halloumi just by putting my tofu in a grill pan, and then pressing the tofu down with a heavy cast iron pan. One little tweak that I would suggest if you’re going to make the tofu Halloumi to go with this salad is to leave out the dried mint, as it might not pair so well with the rest of the salad ingredients.

Mediterranean Salad featuring chicken breast, colourful tomatoes, different coloured olives, greens, and fresh basil, all on a black plate

Mediterranean Salad with Chicken

Let’s Make Mediterranean Salad!

Mediterranean Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Prepare this entree salad in a flash. Make this Mediterranean Salad recipe vegetarian-friendly, with grilled Halloumi cheese, or omnivore-friendly with roasted chicken. Both versions feature juicy colourful tomatoes, salty olives, fresh basil, and big handfuls of vibrant greens. I created this salad to pair with my Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing, but it would also be delicious with a simple balsamic vinaigrette. 

Course: dinner, dinner, lunch, side
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: dinner salad, entree salad
Diet: omnivore, vegetarian
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 6 small tomatoes
  • 6 olives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • olive oil, optional
For vegetarians
  • 2 ounces halloumi cheese
For omnivores
  • 3 ounces chicken breast, cooked
For serving
  • 1 tablespoon Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing {See Instructions for link to recipe.}
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and the greens, halve or quarter the tomatoes, and pit the olives if desired. 

  2. If you are making the vegetarian version, heat a heavy pan, slice the halloumi into thin slices and grill over medium heat until the halloumi starts to get a bit browned and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side. 

  3. Optionally, toss the greens with a little bit of olive oil, just so they are very lightly coated.  

    Assemble the greens, tomatoes, olives, and fresh basil and your choice of halloumi or chicken.

    Serve with Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing

Recipe Notes
Ingredient Ideas, Substitutions, and Additions

You can use any kind of olives you like. I've made this with garlic-stuffed black olives and totally loved that flavour combination and the extra texture from the slightly crunchy garlic. 

If you are not crazy about olives, you can leave them out, perhaps replace them with a couple of sun-dried tomatoes. Cucumber slices would also make a great addition.  If you're making the Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing to go with this and you have extra roasted peppers, throw them on too.

Vegan Halloumi

I have tried this version of tofu Halloumi and I thought it was quite good. I left out the dried mint - it sounds delicious but I didn't think it would pair well in this recipe. Also, I don't have a waffle iron or sandwich press, so I just used a grill pan for the tofu and pressed it into the pan using a heavy cast iron pan on top.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information is an estimate only, based on using Halloumi cheese, and without any dressing. 

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Sodium 1079mg 45%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 39.3%
Vitamin C 37.5%
Calcium 59%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mediterranean Salad, an entree salad with either chicken or Halloumi, tomatoes, olives, fresh basil, and vibrant greens, on a black plate

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Just for Fun – Here’s My Non-Styled Mediterranean Salad

Here’s what this salad looks like when I am whipping it up just for myself. Not exactly Instagram-ready but it still tastes really good!

Mediterranean Salad, an entree salad with either chicken or Halloumi, tomatoes, olives, fresh basil, and vibrant greens, on a black plate

Mediterranean Salad

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