What is Haloumi Cheese?

Recipes,Seasonal Foods
July 11, 2013

Discover salty, grilled haloumi cheese and a watermelon salad that makes it shine.

Watermelon and Haloumi Salad
Camille Styles

A salty white sheep or cow’s milk cheese from Greece or Turkey, haloumi is usually eaten grilled. It’s pure, unadulterated deliciousness. I typically see haloumi baked or grilled on restaurant menus, which, for some reason, never appealed to me that much. But one night when we were at dinner in Aspen, Colo., I ordered the most addictive grilled haloumi salad and haven’t been able to get it off my mind since.

Haloumi is a great option for vegetarians, since grilling gives it such a satisfying golden crust on the outside and melty goodness on the inside…even carnivores wouldn’t miss the meat! As a main course option, I skewer it with vegetables and grill, or serve on crusty bread with pesto and eggplant. For this first-course salad, I took a cue from Cypress tradition and served it with cold sweet watermelon, though I added peppery arugula, mint-infused oil and balsamic to the mix. This would be such a welcome and unexpected addition to summer barbecue menus.

—By Camille Styles, Owner and Creative Director at Camille Styles

Watermelon and Haloumi Salad

Watermelon and Grilled Cheese Salad

Juicy watermelon and salty cheese make a great (and stunning) combination.


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