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Mediterranean Grain Salad with Grilled Halloumi

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A hearty blend of couscous, orzo, garbanzo beans & red quinoa with cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumber, fresh chopped parsley and zesty lemon, topped with warm gooey grilled halloumi cheese.


  • Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend - 1/2 bag (1 1/4 cups)
  • butter - 1 tablespoon
  • garbanzo beans - 1 can
  • cherry tomatoes - 1 cup
  • cucumber - 1 (peeled and sliced into quarter slices)
  • fresh parsley - 1 cup (chopped)
  • lemons - 3
  • olive oil - 3-4 tablespoons
  • harissa spice - 1 tablespoon
  • coarse sea salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Halloumi - 1 package (8 oz.)


  1. Begin by cooking half of the Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Salad per the instructions on the bag. Spread the cooked grains over a baking sheet and chill in the fridge.
  2. Chop the veggies and parsley as desired. Toss with the chilled grain salad and drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Then squeeze in the juice of 1-2 lemons. Toss together and store in the fridge.
  3. Warm 1-2 TB of olive oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet. Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas and allow to cook until they have browned and crisped on all sides. This should take 8-10 minutes(ish).
  4. Transfer the chickpeas into a medium sized mixing bowl and toss with harissa seasoning and sea salt, toss until fully coated. Set aside.
  5. Warm your grill on a medium-high heat. Slice the halloumi block into 1/2" thick strips and place directly on a the grate of the grill. Cook until they start to caramelize and char up, this should happen within a couple of minutes. Once one side looks nice and charred and it smells like the most amazing grilled cheese on earth, turn it over and make the other side match.
  6. Transfer to a plate and spritz with lemon juice then top with parsley.
  7. Top the grain salad mix with fried chickpeas and serve with the grilled halloumi and a liberal dollop of tzatziki.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes