This luscious Mediterranean grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad recipe tastes like summer on a plate. It is green, fresh, juicy and takes only 10 minutes to prepare.
I grew up eating Halloumi cheese almost every day. We used to have Halloumi for breakfast, with nice warm pita bread and a cup of tea or grilled with a little bit of butter, to crisp on the edges, with tomato and cucumber on the side.
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 cheese 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 gorgeous 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 and you will have yourself an amazing, fragrant, mouthwatering cheese that can be eaten on its own, with cucumber and tomato salad or with fresh fruits, such as melons or berries.
Is Halloumi Cheese Good with Salads
Halloumi is great with salads. You can add it raw, grilled or fried. I usually throw a handful of green leaves on a plate, with some lemon juice, freshly cracked peppers and my fried or grilled cheese on top and have me a nice 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, arugula, watermelon, lime juice, extra virgin olive and balsamic reduction.
How to Make Grilled Halloumi
Pat dry your Halloumi cheese with a 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.
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.
What You Can Have with Halloumin And Watermelon Salad
Halloumi And Watermelon Salad is great with:
- Toasted Pitta Bread
- Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Shrimp
- 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