- Cyprus is such a fantastic place for fresh produce. I wanted to share with you today, the most delicious summer salad, that I’ve named Cyprus Salad. It’s a variation of a salad we had whilst in Cyprus, and also made in the villa, whilst we were there. It would serve a family of four if served with bread and the usual hummus, beetroot and tzatziki. You could also add smoked fish too, like a mackerel, or a cured ham which would work well. I’m vegetarian so I’ve opted for a meat and fish-free side dishes.
- 4 sticks of celery chopped, if they have the leaves on them, add those too.
- 1 whole cucumber
- 1 green pepper
- 8 tomatoes
- large handful of walnuts
- 4-6 sliced dried figs (not the soft kind. If you can find them dried they work better, I couldn’t find any in the UK)
- 1 pack of Halloumi
- 3 tablespoons of capers from a jar
Bread and dips with cured ham or smoked fish too.
- Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil per person
- 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar per person
- A little sea salt
- This really is so simple. You finely chop the cucumber. I remove the outer layer of the skin before doing this sometimes, but it’s not essential.
- Finely chop the celery too and add the leaves if you have them.
- Quarter the tomatoes, smaller if they are really large.
- Finely slice the green pepper.
- Lightly chop the walnuts and then slice the figs.
- These should then be all added to a salad bowl with the capers and mixed together.
- Grill the halloumi, which should be sliced length-ways.
- For the dressing add the ingredients together and whisk. Add it to the salad at the very last-minute, you can also add some greek oregano for a stronger flavour.
That’s it a simple Cyprus salad, perfect for summer!
I hope you are enjoying this series I am creating, which are of dishes that I have eaten in other countries. I started off with some delicious garlicky Olive Garden breadsticks which are amazing served with a salad or my favourite way which is with pasta.