Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Watermelon Salad

Appetizers, Salads

Yesterday I saw Halloween candy at the drug store. Just no. NO! Summer is not over! It’s still 90 degrees out and peaches and plums and watermelon are still in abundance. Sure, I’m kind of sick of sweating, but I’m not ready for pumpkins, apples, sweaters and halloween. I’m not, so stop trying to force the future on us. We’ll get there…let us be.

A few years ago, I whipped up one of those very common watermelon and feta salads and got pretty obsessed. They became the thing I took to every BBQ or get together I attended. Super easy to throw together and everyone would always be really doubtful about watermelon and feta going together, and they’d always end up being so psyched about the salad.

This is a take on that salad, but with grilled cheese because grilled cheese is grilled cheese. Duh. Very big no-brainer. Grilled cheese is delicious, always.

This salad starts with salad prep, which is basically just cuttin’ up some cheese and watermelon and halving some olives.

Then, a little balsamic and honey being cooked together over the stove until thick…and that’s all.

A little info on halloumi. It’s a Greek cheese that melts at a very high temperature, which makes it perfect for grilling. You can find it at most grocery stores. I found mine at Whole Foods.

Very warm halloumi with super cold watermelon is such a win. I’m very into the hot/cold food thing right now. The sweet balsamic, kalamata olives and the few sprigs add nice little touches to a pretty easy salad to make and assemble. Sometimes easy is nice.

In other news, take a little coffee break today and watch the pilot for Mindy Kahling’s new show, The Mindy Project. She is funny/amazing/dreamy…swoooon!

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Watermelon Salad

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1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 8oz package of Halloumi cheese, sliced and cut into rectangles
1/4 watermelon, cut into rectangles
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, halved
Handful of mint leaves
Sea salt

1. In a small saucepan, whisk together balsamic vinegar and honey. Heat until mixture reaches a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, and until thickened. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

2. Brush a hot grill rack with oil. Grill cheese until nicely charred in spots and beginning to melt, about 45 seconds per side.

3. Arrange salad, stacking and alternating between watermelon slice and cheese slice. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar/honey reduction, garnish with mint and a light sprinkling of sea salt. Note: My halloumi wasn’t very salty–typically it tends to be pretty briny and salty. If yours is salty, I’d skip the sprinkling of sea salt.

Serves 2

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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  • Reply Megan August 29, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Mindy Kaling rocks! (That’s all.) Megan xoxo

  • Reply DessertForTwo August 29, 2012 at 4:51 am

    What a fun end-of-summer meal. Yes, I agree: it’s still summer!

  • Reply Jessica August 29, 2012 at 5:16 am

    omggggg. freaking out.

  • Reply Dana August 29, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I really love that it’s all cut into rectangles and stacked. Very pretty presentation.

    Now, in my experience, halloumi is quite salty from brining. Alongside olives, I imagine there would be quite a hit of salt to this salad. This would contrast the sweet of the watermelon, yes, but did you find it overly salty?

    Such a pretty salad!

    • Reply Adrianna August 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

      No I didn’t, but that’s because my halloumi wasn’t very salty, which I thought was sort of unusual since it typical is. Going to add a note about the salt though! Thanks!

  • Reply Channing August 29, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Watched the Mindy pilot last night and LOVED it. So witty, funny, and well-written. Love having a girly show that is smart and hilarious.

    Salad looks awesome – watermelon and cheese are such an amazing couple!

    • Reply Adrianna August 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Super smart. She’s so good!

  • Reply Margherita August 29, 2012 at 6:47 am

    This is one of those unexpected dishes that if served to guests make jaws drop. I already included Halloumi in my shopping list so that I can make myself this tomorrow for lunch: can’t wait!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks August 29, 2012 at 6:52 am


  • Reply Steph August 29, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I am so so skeptical of watermelon/savory combinations but grilled haloumi might possibly be one of my most favorite things ever. I love that you cooked down your balsamic with honey! I tried doing it with sugar last week, but honey sounds even better! I can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply [email protected] August 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    yum! i love the idea of the watermelon/cheese combo. i’ve had watermelon and feta before so i’m curious to try it with haloumi.

  • Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen August 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Grilled cheese and watermelon….yes, please!!!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hmm, grilled cheese. Not much is better! I definitely used to be one of those “feta and watermelon?! Weird” –people. Luckily, I am now a believer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Megan August 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I want this right now. For real! My stomach is growling about that grilled cheesy goodness.

    And I hate that the world is forcing the future upon us!

  • Reply Eileen August 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Grilled halloumi is a great variation on the standard feta! I definitely need to break out the grill and make some of this.

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Mmmmm I’m loving this hot&melty – cold&juicy combo!!

  • Reply cynthia August 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    YES, yes on this salad! and yes on Minday. πŸ™‚
    Happy Wednesday

  • Reply Nicole August 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I fell in love with a watermelon-heirloomtomato-goatcheese-watercress salad last year at a favorite hangout…..this looks sooooooo delightful! I love love love kalamata olives and how perfect would they be to bring a little salty sensation!
    Halloumi cheese though………….can’t say I’ve had it. Is this a specialty shop sort of cheese or do you think I could find it at Trader Joe’s?


    • Reply Adrianna August 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I got mine at Whole Foods but Trader Joe’s should have it!

  • Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I have never even heard of Halloumi before!! And I kind of consider myself a cheese aficionado hm, shows what I know! Your food always looks so so so beautiful! I saw the Halloween candy today too and cried on the inside a little bit.

  • Reply Cathy @ Noble Pig August 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Mouthwatering. I am a watermelon nut. A cheese nut. A grilling nut. This is for me.

  • Reply Jessica L. August 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Umm, even worse than Halloween candy already? I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and they had CHRISTMAS TREES on display!! Not ok.

  • Reply Danielle August 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    This flavor combonation looks delicious!!! I love everything here – can’t wait to try this. Beautiful presentation too! : )

    Danielle xo

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I’m lactose intollerant and this looks INCREDIBLE! I love this combo, lactose pills and all! Haha.

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet August 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    i remember 2 of the first recipes i saw of nigella – one was for grilled halloumi, another was a watermelon salad. yummmmmmm

  • Reply Amy August 30, 2012 at 12:22 am

    This looks A-MAAAAAZING! Drool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 30, 2012 at 4:09 am

    This is so unique!! Yum!

  • Reply Suzanne Perazzini August 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    That looks like an interesting dish. Your lovely photos have convinced me.

  • Reply Maria August 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    it looks perfect!!!
    however, halloumi cheese is from Cyprus. You might not know Cyprus though. It is a small island near Greece, where the people speak Greek and have similar traditions with Greece. But it is a different country. I am from Cyprus that’s why I know these things πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna August 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Oh interesting. I had no idea! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Javelin Warrior August 31, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I am secretly excited for fall even though summer isn’t over, but I am always shocked at how soon stores trot out Halloween… I love this the salad with the combination of watermelon and cheese – it sounds amazing! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thank you so much for keeping me inspired with such delicious creations…

  • Reply Jess September 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I only recently discovered Halloumi, and absolutely love it, but pairing it with chilled watermelon would be lovely! Halloween candy!? Sheesh!

  • Reply Abby Rice September 20, 2012 at 4:18 am

    So great to finally see you on the Top 9 again Adrianna! Your blog is my fave! xoxo

    • Reply Adrianna September 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Abby!

  • Reply Eftychia September 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese. The combination with watermelon is very common, especially during summer time. Nice presentation!! Lovely photo! I have a recipe (and instructions) on how to make halloumi cheese in my site. Take a look. I am sure you will find it interesting.

  • Reply savvas May 30, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Halloumi is not Greek cheese, it is Cypriot. There is a difference.

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