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
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
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.