Oh hi there. I’m back with even more vegetables. But this time they’re teamed with glorious halloumi cheese and stuffed into a healthy, wholesome seed roll. It’s like a little party involving all my favourite things.
I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again. I make a mean sandwich. And let’s face it, making a good sandwich isn’t exactly hard but there is a little thinking that goes into creating a really kick-ass one. I love a good ham & cheese as much as the next person but there are a few things all good sandwich-makers do that take their sandwiches from good to freakin’ great! Flavour is of course the first priority but texture is equally important. For me, the perfect sandwich involves creamy, crunchy, soft and something with a little bite. The “bite” usually comes from protein in its many forms. Roasted chicken breast, grilled bacon or rare roast beef are all great. For me, that bite came from the beauty that is halloumi cheese. Man, I love halloumi. Perhaps a little too much, if ever there was such a thing. I just can’t get enough of its milky-saltiness and the way it squeaks when you bite into it. I have been known to eat the hot, grilled halloumi straight out of the pan, perhaps quickly dunked into some chilli-ginger jam but I resisted here and stuffed the hot slabs of cheese into a sandwich.
I felt like the seeded bread roll with its generous amount of seeds along with the crisp lettuce gave me enough of the crunch I was looking for so all that was left was to add something creamy. In my mind, there is no better creamy element in any sandwich than a perfectly ripe avocado. Mine was a little over ripe and had turned into more of a mellow yellow colour than the creamy green I usually prefer but the taste was still spot on. I blended the avocado with a little jalapeño, a handful of micro herbs and a good squeeze of lemon juice. This luscious green spread gave the sandwich all the creaminess it needed as well as balancing the milky cheese with the acidity from the lemon.
Jeepers, that is probably the most over-explained sandwich of all times but you get my drift. This is seriously good stuff and will take your lunch from blah to brilliant in an instant.
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for the avocado
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 jalapeño roughly chopped (seeds removed if you prefer it less hot)
- 2 tablespoons micro herbs
- lemon juice to taste
- salt & pepper to taste
for the sandwich
- 2 wholewheat seed rolls halved
- 250 g halloumi sliced into 1.5cm slices
- lettuce leaves
- To make the avocado spread, combine all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside.
- Grill the halloumi in a hot griddle pan until golden brown on both sides and heated through.
- To serve, spread the avocado onto the halved seed rolls then top with the halloumi and lettuce and serve.
I had this sandwich in Israel and was thrilled to try to copy it….It was awesome and I will add it to my repertoire..
One question, my halloumi stuck to the pan..what can i do to avoid that in the future?
Using a non-stick pan or non-stick spray will help a lot. Otherwise, leaving it until a good crust forms also tends to help the process.
This sandwich is so creative, yet simple. Looks delish!
Thanks Sabrina. It’s the simple things that are so often the greatest!
my son loves Halloumi and I have never ever cooked it for him and now I don’t have an excuse, thank you xoxo
Oh, you must! 🙂
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
I finally has halloumi for the first time over the summer and I have not been able to find it in stores! I need to try specialty places.
We’re lucky that we have it in almost every supermarket. I’m sure speciality stores will have it though.
I am all over this! That sauce and halloumi! Woo hoo!
Thanks Katrina. That spicy avo spread is all kinds of dreamy.
Oh wow, this looks amazing. A Greek-Mexican combo. Can’t wait to try it…
Thanks Alison. Two of my favourite cuisines combined. ?
One should never under estimate a good sandwich. This sounds like a great one 🙂
Thanks Becky! Yeah, a good sandwich is just too good hey?