Saturday, June 27, 2015
Grilled Watermelon & Halloumi Cheese Salad
Here's a beautiful way to celebrate summer! Grilled slices of watermelon and halloumi cheese over lemony green beans.
If you haven't tried halloumi cheese, it's a very firm, mild cheese that can be grilled or pan-fried without melting. It has a mild, salty flavour and a firm, slightly rubbery texture that works great with fruit and vegetables.
Here's what you need for this lovely summer salad.
250 grams (8 oz) green beans
small seedless watermelon
125 grams (4 oz) halloumi cheese (available in large grocery stores or specialty stores, usually wrapped in plastic)
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup mint leaves
Cook the green beans in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice together and add salt and pepper and toss half of it with the green beans.
Chop the mint and sprinkle over the beans.
Cut the watermelon into wedges. Cut the cheese into similar-shaped wedges. Spray the grill with cooking spray and grill the watermelon and cheese for about 2 minutes per side until you have nice grill marks.
Lay the watermelon and halloumi over the green beans and drizzle with the remaining dressing.
You could replace the green beans with arugula or mixed greens for a more traditional salad. This is a very striking-looking dish and the grilled cheese and watermelon are great together.