Halloumi and Watermelon Salad – this luscious Mediterranean grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad recipe tastes like summer on a plate. It is fresh, healthy and takes only 10 minutes to prepare.
I grew up eating Halloumi cheese almost every day. My mom would pan-fry it with some butter and we have it for breakfast, with some nice warm pita bread.
We would also have Halloumi in salads, or as a snack on its own as it is packed with protein and tastes really delicious.
What Is Halloumi Cheese Made Of
Halloumi Cheese is usually made of sheep and goat milk. It is very popular in many Mediterranean countries. Cyprus, in particular, is famous for its good quality, authentic Halloumi cheese.
I used to buy blocks of it when I visited Cypress. Cypriots add a few mint leaves when they prepare it, a combination which I have always been fascinated by.
Can I grill Halloumi Cheese
Yes!! If there is a cheese that looks great on a grill, it is Halloumi.
Brush the cheese with a bit of olive oil and throw it on the grill for a couple of minutes on each side. The results is a mouthwatering cheese that can be eaten as is, with cucumber and tomato salad or with fresh fruits, such as melons or berries.
Is Halloumi Cheese Good with Salads
Halloumi is actually great with salads. You can have it raw, grilled or fried.
I usually throw a handful of organic greens on a plate, toss them with some lemon juice, salt and some freshly cracked peppers and I would then add my fried or grilled cheese on top. For me, this is the ideal healthy and light summer lunch that is filling, low in calories and very nutritious.
You only need few simple ingredients for this super easy recipe: one Halloumi cheese block, some arugula and watermelon slices. For the dressing you will need some lime juice, good extra virgin olive and balsamic reduction (optional).
How to Make Grilled Halloumi Salad
First, pat dry your Halloumi cheese with a kitchen paper towel and cut it into 7 to 8 (1-inch thick) equal size cubes.
Cut your watermelon to similar size cubes and set them aside.
In a salad bowl toss the arugula with lime juice, extra virgin olive oil and some balsamic reduction.
Put your grilling skillet on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and grill your Halloumi cheese cubes for 2 minutes each side, leaving space between them.
Finally, remove the cheese cubes from skillet and place them on top of platted Arugula and watermelon bed and drizzle with few drops of balsamic reduction.
Season to taste and serve immediately.
- 1/2 lb (220g) Halloumi cheese
- 1/2 lb (220g) fresh watermelon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups fresh arugula
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Few drops balsamic reduction, optional
- Pat dry your Halloumi cheese with a paper towel and cut into 1-inch thick, equal size cubes.
- Cut your watermelon to similar size cubes and set them aside.
- Put your grilling skillet on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and grill your Halloumi cheese cubes, on 2 sides for 2 minutes each side, leaving space between them.
- Remove the cheese cubes and place them on top of platted Arugula and watermelon bed drizzled with lime juice and a few drops of balsamic reduction.
Cypriot Halloumi is usually drier than other kinds of Halloumi; that is why it is ideal for grilling.
Try it fried with butter too.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
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