Halloumi Watermelon Salad Pitas

Don’t you love something that can fry on its own without any breading? That’s where halloumi comes in! This Mediterranean sheep’s milk cheese is firm, with a salty feta-like taste and a texture like firm mozzarella. The coolest thing about this cheese is that it can be fried without melting! This means that the outside can get crispy while the inside is just barely soft…incredible! Like a grilled cheese sandwich with a crust of cheese. The flavor is a natural with mild or sweet vegetables or fruit, and when paired with watermelon it results in a complex but easy dish that can be a vegetarian appetizer or a quick lunch. Just be sure to prepare this as close to serving as you can, because the hot halloumi contrasted with the cool watermelon is one of the best parts of the salad.

Halloumi Watermelon Pitas

Ingredients:

2 cups cubed watermelon

1 package halloumi, cut into slices.

2 Tsp. each dill and mint

1 package pitas or mini pitas, split in half

2 tbs. balsamic vinegar, or to taste

Olive oil to sautee

salt and pepper, to taste

1. Dice the watermelon into bite size squares and set aside

2. Put some olive oil into a pan on medium high heat. When it starts to ripple, set in the halloumi.

3. Let it cook for about 2 minutes, or until the bottom is crisp, then flip it. If it sticks a little to the pan, that is okay.

4. Let it cook on the other side for about 1 minute, or until the bottom is crisp. Remove the halloumi and drain it oa paper towel.

5. Dice halloumi in the same size dices as the watermelon. Add it to the bowl with the watermelon.

6.  Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, and taste for salt and pepper.

7. Stuff into pitas and serve.

This is such a great snack. It is unexpected and really interesting – the way that the pepper plays off the sugary watermelon is really special. The pita soaks up the sweet and savory watermelon juices, rendering it soft and flavorful. And that halloumi – melting and warm on the inside, salty and crisp on the outside. Cool and warm, sweet and salty, fatty and light. This salad is really everything that you desire at one time.

Including cheese that you can fry on its own.