This Stone Fruit Halloumi Salad is inspired by the stunningly beautiful Burrata, Heirloom Tomato & Stone Fruit Salad made by my friend Bianca a while back and the Tomato and Blood Orange Salad I posted earlier this year. This salad truly is summer on a plate, an explosion of flavours and colours with salty cheese, zingy citrus, sweet fruit and punchy pesto. It’s more an idea than a recipe and super quick to get ready.

The idea of combining citrus and tomato is new to me but it just works. Add some sweet stone fruit and you have a winning summer salad for the warm days ahead. If you are not in the mood for pesto, don’t feel like making or don’t feel like buying head to the Tomato and Blood Orange Salad recipe and make that Tahini and Soy dressing. It goes brilliantly with this salad, in fact it goes brilliantly with most salads. It’s become my go to dressing, also making a great sauce for a quick veggie noodle lunch.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe idea for a Stone Fruit Halloumi Salad. If you’ve made it, share it with me by tagging @heinstirred on Instagram with the hashtag #heinstirred. It is always a treat to see the recipes made and enjoyed.


  • 3 nectarines sliced
  • 200 g tomatoes sliced or halved depending on size
  • 2 clementines, naartjies or mandarins peeled and sliced
  • 200 g halloumi cheese sliced and grilled to golden on each side
  • 80 ml fresh basil pesto


  • Place the nectarines, tomatoes, citrus and cheese on a platter
  • Dress with dollops of pesto
  • Garnish with fresh basil leave and serve
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