Pan-fried haloumi with a Spicy Passionfruit Vinaigrette

June 30, 2013

A little while ago, an unassuming little package appeared on my doorstep. Not overly heavy, but heavy enough to make me giddy with excitement. “PRESENTS!” I shouted in my best Despicable me (SO FLUFFY) voice, and brought my gift inside to unwrap.

As I undid the ribbon and lifted the lid, I was greeted with 9 rather large passionfruit staring back at me. Ok, they weren’t staring, duh, but they were there ok, and they were gorgeous!

Last time I was in a very similar situation, I made Passionfruit Pastilles a la Heston (well kind of). This time I wanted to flip the universe a little.

You see, passionfruit are extremely sweet little fruits. So what goes with something extremely sweet? Extremely salty!! First thought, haloumi! Holla! Could I do it? Could I make passionfruit vinaigrette to drizzle over some piping hot, pan-fried haloumi? Well, let’s give it a shot shall we?

So I went about my business, scooping, stirring, adding a dash of this and a dash of that, and before you knew it, I was shoving a piece of too hot haloumi in to Stud’s mouth, staring at him impatiently, asking “well????”. I’d got the thumbs up! In a pretty big way! Especially seeing as Stud doesn’t even like passionfruit.

This tangy, spicy, sweet vinaigrette goes perfectly with the salty haloumi, but would also be great on pan fried scallops, or even on a salad. I popped the leftovers in a jar and have it sitting in the fridge for the weekend. I kinda just want to slather it on more haloumi though. I can never eat enough haloumi!


Pan-fried haloumi with a Spicy Passionfruit Vinaigrette


7 passionfruit
½ cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
Agave nectar (can use brown sugar as a substitute)


Scoop flesh from passionfruit and discard shells. Place flesh in a small saucepan on medium heat and add chilli flakes.

Simmer for around 5 minutes, and then add the vinegar.

Taste and add agave nectar to sweeten if needed.


Thanks to the wonderful peeps at Passionfruit Australia for sending me a passionfruit care package.

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