Grilled Haloumi and Watermelon Salad
- Yield 4 servings
Grilled haloumoi cheese adds a salty contrast to juicy, sweet watermelon
To make reduced balsamic vinegar, place the vinegar in a saucepan and cook until thick and syrup. Unreduced aged balsamic vinegar works as a substitute.
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 bunch fresh mint, stems removed, plus more for garnish
- 6 ounces haloumi, drained
- 3 cups baby arugula
- 1/4 seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into small wedges
- 1/3 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
- Reduced balsamic vinegar
- Flaky sea salt (like Maldon)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Heat oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Add mint leaves, and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out leaves and discard; store oil at room temperature in an opaque container up to 1 week
- Slice haloumi into 1/3-inch slices. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high, brush the grate with olive oil, and grill haloumi about 2 minutes on each side (until heated through and grill marks show.)
- Place arugula on a platter, then top with watermelon wedges and grilled haloumi, slightly overlapping. Lightly drizzle the mint oil over everything.
- Sprinkle pistachios and fresh mint leaves over top, drizzle generously with reduced balsamic and season with sea salt and pepper.