Fried Halloumi Salad with Tomatoes and Watermelon

Posted on by on July 1st, 2011 | 20 Comments ยป

Every salad I seem to eat in Israel has Halloumi on it. Be it fried, grilled or plain (usually fried) it makes an appearance in many Israeli dishes and has made its way up to the top of my ‘favorite cheeses’ list.

It wasn’t until I moved to Israel that I even heard of Halloumi cheese. It hails from Cyprus and is a semi hard cheese, mild in flavor, that is usually made up of goat and sheep’s milk. The high melting point of the cheese makes it a perfect (and delicious) choice for frying or grilling.ย 

I picked up a package of this salty cheese in the super for the first time since living here and it had been sitting in my fridge for quite some time waiting till I figured out what I wanted to do with it. Luckily for me, Halloumi cheese usually comes wrapped and sealed in plastic and has a shelf life longer then most cheeses.

This recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit and aside from being absolutely beautiful (look at the colors!) it tastes amazing. I opted to broil instead of grill my tomatoes and fry instead of grill the Halloumi cheese. I also kept the dressing as is instead of pressing it out and just using the oils. I liked having the bits of mint and basil on the salad. It was perfect. My husband and I had it for lunch and after devouring it in sheer minutes, we eyed each other over the last piece of Halloumi that sat on the plate waiting for the showdown to see who would get to eat it. Yes, it is that good. The simple and short list of ingredients make up a combination of flavors that dance on your taste buds. You will find yourself wishing you had more of it or kept it all to yourself without sharing.

This salad is the perfect summer salad, side dish, BBQ addition or poolside treat. The Halloumi is best when eaten right out of the fry pan because the inside is still warm enough to melt in your mouth after biting into it.


1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1 pound cherry tomatoes
1 package of Halloumi cheese, cut into small chunks
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 of a watermelon, cut into small triangles
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat broiler to 400F.
Add basil, mint, garlic and oil to a food processor and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread tomatoes out on an oiled baking sheet and brush with a bit of the basil/mint mixture.
Cook in broiler until tomatoes start to burst and char.
Remove tomatoes from oven and set aside.
In a fry pan heat vegetable oil over medium high heat.
Dredge Halloumi chunks in flour and add to hot frying pan.
Cook Halloumi until golden, turning once, about 4 minutes.
Arrange watermelon on a serving dish and top with tomatoes and fried Halloumi.
Top with more of the basil/mint mixture.




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  1. Posted on: 7-1-2011

    This is such a beautifull salad! I discovered Halloumi only when I moved to Australia… ironic, isn’t it??? I love it though and I think that combining it with watermelon is a brilliant idea!!! Bookmarking this for next summer!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-1-2011

      Thanks Manu!! Its great discovering new things when you move, though I would have liked to know about this cheese earlier, I just love it. It really is wonderful with the watermelon, I hope you try it for summer!

  2. Posted on: 7-1-2011

    I never heard of (or ate) Halloumi before… but it seems delicious!
    Another beautiful recipe in red and white, uh?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Too bad I don’t eat watermelon (I can’t digest it), but the combination between Halloumi and tomatoes speaks for itself ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-1-2011

      Thanks Giulia! That sucks you cant eat watermelon!! If you can find Halloumi you should totally try it because it is wonderful without watermelon too! You can do a new twist on caprese salad with just the Halloumi and tomatoes. Plus, its red and white; your summer colors!

  3. Posted on: 7-1-2011

    Halloumi is my favourite cheese! I’ve never tried it with watermelon though, I usually make a feta, watermelon & mint salad so I’m definitely going to try it with halloumi next time. Can’t wait, it sounds amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-1-2011

      Thanks Natalie! If you like feta watermelon and mint you will LOVE this! Especially if Halloumi is your favorite cheese!

  4. Posted on: 7-2-2011

    This sounds so refreshing! I love halloumi grilled… never had it fried. YUM!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-5-2011

      Thanks Tiffany!! It was very refreshing and you must try fried Halloumi!!

  5. Posted on: 7-3-2011

    I love halloumi and love the incorporation into this salad, delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-5-2011

      Thanks Lauren! The Halloumi was great with the tomatoes and watermelon

  6. Posted on: 7-3-2011

    This looks like a wonderfully flavorful Summer salad; fantastic combination of ingredients.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-5-2011

      Thanks bakerbynature! It is a perfect summer salad!

    • Noemi
      Posted on: 2-16-2012

      Ooooh! Very cool fvloar combo. My brain is like really!? We must try this!’ Guess I’m gonna have to give this a whirl Thanks for sharing and for swinging by Deep Dish

  7. Posted on: 7-5-2011

    Hi Beth,
    your salad sounds delicious. I love watermelon and cheese combo, but fried Halloumi sounds even better, and the roasted tomatoes, yumm!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 7-5-2011

      Thanks Roxanna! Fried Halloumi is best! Roasted tomatoes are always good but these are even better with the mint basil oil

  8. Posted on: 7-5-2011

    I’ve never tried Halloumi. It seems like I’m totally missing out this ingredient. I’m going to be looking for this next time I go to a market!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Nami, you HAVE to try Halloumi. It is one of my favorites. You will just love it. I hope you can find it!!

  9. Posted on: 7-11-2011

    Halloumi is one of those cheeses I’ll see occasionally on a blog or menu and I’m always SO intrigued by it. The fact that it is a cheese that can be grilled or fried is amazing (and it is quite delicious!). i’ve eaten it quite a few times, but never cooked with it. Love this recipe, I think I’ll be making this salad soon!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Lindsey, you should definitely try and find it! I love that you can grill it or fry it. Its the perfect cheese! Let me know if you try the salad, or anything with Halloumi!

  10. Danny
    Posted on: 6-19-2012

    Looks great, how does one get this made for them??

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