Dec 19, 2010

Grilled halloumi and watermelon salad

Halloumi cheese is from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. It is unique salty hard cheese made of goat and sheep's milk that comes to life when grilled or pan fried. Teamed with watermelon, it is a sweet-salty treat that works as an appetizer, side dish or light and beautiful summer salad.

1/2 large seedless watermelon
handful of fresh mint
handful of salad mix (optional)
250 gr. halloumi cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch tall strips
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat a non-stick grill pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Pat Halloumi slices with paper towels to dry them, and brush each slice lightly with olive oil on one side.

Place cheese in grill pan, oil-side down, and heat for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Brush top side with oil, flip, and cook 1-2 minutes more.

Dice the watermelon into one-inch cubes or make a cute balls using a melon-baller. Toss cheese with watermelon, salad mix and mint. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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