Grilled Halloumi Melon Salad with crispy romaine lettuce and cucumbers. This fresh and refreshing salad is the perfect light meal on a hot summer day.
Halloumi cheese is very popular in many Mediterranean countries, made from a mixture of sheep and goat milk and is a great source of protein.
This is a rather easy salad recipe which you can make in 10 minutes. It is bright, so fresh and bursting in flavors.
I like to incorporate fruit in my salad recipes because of the contrast it makes with the tangy salad dressings. Whether it is mango, watermelon or cantaloupe, the outcome is always a great tasting and refreshing salad that everyone loves.
I am using cantaloupe with this salad. You can substitute cantaloupe with honeydew, which is usually sweeter and firmer. I personally prefer cantaloupe for its softer flesh. No matter what your choice of melon might be, you will love the contrast in taste this salad offers.
Similar to the grilled halloumi with watermelon salad, this salad uses Halloumi cheese as a main ingredient too.
The addition of romaine lettuce and cucumber gives this salad a nice crunch, and the citrus dressing I make with fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil brings all the flavors together.
You can literary incorporate Halloumi cheese in all sorts of salads and sandwiches as a meat substitute.
To make this delicious sweet and tangy salad you need: halloumi cheese, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce and cucumber.
For the dressing we will only use lemon juice and olive oil.
You will also need butter to fry the cheese with, some fresh basil leaves and poppy seeds for garnishing.
How to grill Halloumi
First, remove the Halloumi cheese from its package and pat dry with a kitchen paper towel. Cut it into 7 to 8 (1-inch thick) equal size slices.
Put your grilling skillet on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Grill your Halloumi cheese slices for 2 minutes on each side and make sure to leave space between them. Remove from the skillet to a plate and set aside.
Preparing the salad
In a salad bowl, arrange your cantaloupe, lettuce, and cucumber. Add the juice of one medium size lemon and extra virgin olive oil. Season with some salt and freshly ground pepper. Mix well.
Arrange the grilled halloumi slices on top and add some fresh basil leaves and poppy seeds for garnish. Serve immediately.
What to Have with Grilled Halloumi Melon Salad
This salad is satisfying and refreshing on its own. I would have it as a meal for lunch or dinner at any day.
You can add grilled chicken or salmon should you wish to have another source of protein with it.
For the salad:
- 1 8oz block of Halloumi cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup cucumbers, diced, (about 2)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
For the garnish:
- 10 basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
- Pat dry your Halloumi cheese with a kitchen paper towel and cut it into 7 to 8 (1-inch thick) equal size slices.
- Put your grilling skillet on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter and grill your Halloumi cheese slices, on each side for 2 minutes, leaving space between them. Trasnfer to plate and let cool.
- In a salad bowl, arrange your cantaloupe, lettuce, and cucumber. Add the juice of one medium size lemon and extra virgin olive oil. Season with some salt and freshly ground pepper. Mix well.
- Arrange the grilled halloumi slices on top and add some fresh basil leaves and poppy seeds for garnish.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 601Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 982mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 27g