Three Easy and Delicious Grilled Halloumi Recipes
Halloumi is a popular cheese in Greece and is widely available in America. It is often grilled before being eaten because it brings out the true tangy flavor of the cheese and makes it slightly softer. Some people compare it to fresh mozzarella, but halloumi holds its shape under heat and does not melt well. I like to use grilled halloumi for appetizers, sandwiches, and salads, which is what I’m sharing today.
This appetizer is so delicious and refreshing. When I serve it at one of our events I like to garnish the tray with cucumbers. Halloumi is a salty cheese which is why a salsa fresca and sweet balsamic glaze compliment it so well. It’s easy for guests to eat and is not too heavy. If you want to make the appetizer more substantial I recommend serving the halloumi on a thinly sliced baguette or slice of cucumber. You can find the recipe for this appetizer here.
Grilled vegetables and grilled halloumi go hand-in-hand. This sandwich was one of the most popular items on our lunch menu at our Greek restaurant! To pull it all together lightly grill the pita so it is soft and pliable. I like to use hummus with the vegetables, but tzatziki all tastes great. Then you wrap it all together with grilled halloumi and serve it wrapped in paper with one end open to eat. It’s so good and hearty, but doesn’t feel heavy. You can find the recipe for this sandwich here.
My kids really like Caesar salad, but sometimes I like to change it up. To give this popular dish my own Greek spin I made the dressing out of Greek yogurt, added capers and a more flavor, and tossed in lots of grilled halloumi. The whole salad tastes familiar but refreshed at the same time. It’s the perfect way to reinvent a classic with a Greek twist. You can find the recipe for this salad here.
Halloumi a very popular cheese in Greece. It is often grilled in order to bring out the tangy flavor. It’s unique in that it doesn’t lose its shape or melt over high heat! Once you grill your cheese you can add it to sandwiches, salads, small bites, and more!
Makes 6 Servings
Timing: 20 minutes
1 Package of halloumi (roughly 8 oz)
Bring your favorite grill pan (or outdoor grill) to medium high heat.
Slice your halloumi in 1/3’’ slices. You don’t want to make them any thinner as they will crumble if you do.
Grill each slice for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
Remove from heat and serve while warm.
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