Tomato and Halloumi Salad Bowls with Farro and Basil

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The caramelized cheese almost steals the spotlight from the juicy tomatoes…almost.
tomato and halloumi salad in bowls
Katherine Gillen

According to TikTok, it’s Tomato Girl Summer…and we only want to participate if that involves eating as much of the seasonal fruit as possible. These tomato and halloumi salad bowls allow us to live our best tomato lives, with a juicy vinaigrette, farro for heft and plenty of pan-fried, caramelized cheese.

About that halloumi: If you’ve never cooked with the Cyprian ingredient, it’s a semi-hard cheese that holds up well to heat, developing a golden crust but retaining its shape when cooked. It’s briny, chewy and ideal for tossing in a skillet or even on the grill. Here, it almost manages to steal the spotlight from the tomatoes…almost.


1 cup farro, rinsed and drained

10 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small shallot, minced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey, plus more to garnish

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces halloumi, drained and sliced ¼ inch thick

3 cups arugula

Fresh chopped basil, to serve

Flaky salt, to garnish


1. In a small saucepan, combine the farro and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until tender, 18 to 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, shallot, olive oil, vinegar, honey and ½ teaspoon salt. Season generously with pepper; set aside.

3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the halloumi and cook until golden brown on one side, 5 to 8 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown on the second side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.

4. To assemble the bowls, divide the farro among two or three bowls. Top each bowl with some of the tomato salad, arugula and fresh basil. Garnish with flaky salt and more honey, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
  • 557 calories

  • 31g fat

  • 52g carbs

  • 21g protein

  • 10g sugars

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Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...