Things we like: watermelon and halloumi cheese

Watermelon, cantaloupe and halloumi salad (Photo by Andrea Chiu)

When I  say heat wave, what do you think of? I think of watermelon. Cold, just out of the refrigerator watermelon is my definition of refreshing. Its  sweetness makes it a welcome addition to many dishes. Currently, my favourite watermelon dish is a salad made with halloumi. Halloumi is a salty cheese made from goat’s or sheep’s milk (and sometimes cow’s milk). It has a high melting point so it’s ideal for pan frying.

Watermelon and halloumi salad:

Ingredients:  watermelon (sliced), halloumi cheese (sliced about 1 cm thick) and chopped mint.
Method: Pan fry the halloumi cheese until golden brown on both sides. Let the cheese cool for a couple of minutes. Place on it top of the watermelon and toss the mint on top. The halloumi is so salty, you really don’t need more seasoning.

Variations: For an even easier dish that requires no cooking at all, use a salty feta cheese in place of halloumi. In the photo above, I’ve added cantaloupe which is nice too, but I prefer the dish with watermelon only. Any version makes for a great salad or light dinner on a hot day.

Question: What’s your favourite way to eat watermelon?

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Comments ( 4 )

Looks absolutely delicious but I have been looking for halloumi for months, even in speciality stores, and just can’t find it. Apparently, there are a few great Swedish recipes with it.

As for your question, I just like to eat watermelon “naturally” on a sunny day next to a pool, getting my hands all wet and sticky.

Marc-André added these pithy words on Jul 09 10 at 5:52 pm

When I think of heat waves, I think of puddles and puddles of sticky chocolate ice cream, melting on the pavement. Heat waves definitely recall to mind foods that are cold and refreshing, that “cool the soul,” if you will.

I’ve been dying to try halloumi once and for all. I remember seeing it at Grande Cheese (a franchised cheese shop with several locations in the GTA) not long ago. It seems like a cheese that’s got bite to it. Though it is a bit pricey. Where do you get your halloumi, if I may ask?

Watermelon actually isn’t one of my favourite fruits (I’m not a fan of the soft texture)… but my aunt used to freeze whole wedges of ‘em. We’d pull ‘em outta the freezer and eat them like popsicles on hot summer nights.

Shelley added these pithy words on Jul 09 10 at 6:45 pm

Mac-Andre: I’m surprised you’ve had difficulty finding halloumi. President’s Choice makes it so try Loblaws or wherever you get PC products. And yes, the “natural” way of enjoying watermelon is always good, especially next to a pool.

Shelley: I’ve found halloumi everywhere from Loblaws (see my comment to Marc-Andre) to Fiesta Farms and Mediterranean stores. I believe Monforte Diary is also selling it at farmer’s markets. Thanks for the frozen watermelon idea. I’ve never had it!

Andrea added these pithy words on Jul 12 10 at 11:45 am

This salad looks awesome :)Perhaps we should consider it as inspiration for some of our future recipe development for…..
Have a good day!

Andrea Karpala added these pithy words on Jul 14 10 at 1:26 pm

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