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Halloumi, mon ami


I must have lived under a rock, because I just recently discovered halloumi. For those of you who, like me, didn’t know what halloumi is, it’s a cheese originated from Cyprus that has a high melting point and can easily be fried or cooked.

While in France, my friend prepared some grilled halloumi and watermelon bites, and I fell on the floor. Not literally, but, almost. I’ve always loved feta cheese, but if feta was the hot, tanned Mediterranean boyfriend, then halloumi would be a Magic-Mike hot, tanned, muscular, Mediterranean lover – pardon the comparison, but I couldn’t find a more representative analogy – and don’t worry, my dear feta cheese, I still like you a lot!

Halloumi Watermelon Bites | FrenchByDesign

Anyway, within a week, after trying halloumi for the first time, it’s been popping out of nowhere again and again: on my Instagram feed, on Pinterest, everywhere! So here I am with my friend’s recipe, celebrating halloumi cheese. Expect more recipes with this ingredient in the weeks to come, because I am seriously hooked.

Watermelon Halloumi Bites

Halloumi Watermelon Bites | FrenchByDesign

What you need :

  • a handful of mint, basil and 2 garlic gloves
  • some olive oil
  • a watermelon
  • a pack of halloumi cheese

Halloumi Watermelon Bites | FrenchByDesign

Steps :

  • In a blender, mix the mint, basil and garlic gloves. Add the oil to create a smooth green paste – I used my Nutribullet and got a nice, chunk-free basil mint oil.
  • Cut the halloumi cheese in slices, then cut the slice in half.
  • Brush the halloumi cheese with the basil mint oil and cook in a warm pan [or your outside grill], on both sides until halloumi gets a nice brown color and crusty texture.
  • Cut the watermelon in cubes and remove the seeds.
  • Arrange your halloumi watermelon bites [watermelon as a base, then the halloumi] and decorate with fresh mint, sprinkle with salt [optional] and pepper. Voilà!

Do you have a recipe to share with me that uses my new favorite ingredient, aka halloumi? I’d love to try it! Do tell!


Photography : FrenchByDesign © – Original recipe sources back to Bon Appetit Magazine

Pictured : Salt and pepper grinders, available here


  • Letisia

    I’m loving your simple, yet delicious recipes! Thank you for sharing:)

  • Morgan

    hahaha, the magic mike analogy cracked me up! so funny! this recipe looks like a winner to me! thanks so much for sharing!

  • Tori

    What a great recipe! I have been in love with halloumi ever since I have tried it! Best cheese ever!

  • Beth

    I too just recently discovered halloumi and I can’t believe I went 29 years without knowing about it. It’s like a giant cheese curd.

    My favourite recipes are grilled halloumi and eggplant on a bun with olive paste and sometimes mushrooms or grilled halloumi and bbq tofu.

    • French By Design

      Oh my, sounds delicious! I may try your halloumi burger recipe this coming weekend! Thanks Beth!

  • Trawl and covet

    Aha!! Halloumi!! Yum. After living in the Middle East for 6 years I have missed it. Off to track some down – sounds yum with the pesto. I sometimes make a similar one with pine nuts x

    • French By Design

      Oh, I can only imagine the subtle taste of halloumi with pine nuts. Thanks for the tip!

  • Yvonne Cornell

    halloumi me once,
    shame on you;
    halloumi me twice,
    shame on me.
    WOW! What a discovery! I’ve been living under the same rock. I’m definitely going to look for this Magic Mike cheese
    (have to confess, loved the movie.)

  • honey&gazelle

    I love halloumi! Never thought of pairing it with watermelon but am eager to give it a go! I usually just throw some pieces of halloumi into my salads (: Thanks for the recipe!

    X Min, honeyandgazelle.wordpress.com

  • mascasa

    ¡Fantástica receta! Fácil de elaborar y con un resultado delicioso. Gracias por compartirla con todos/as.

  • Shirlyn

    The halloumi looks really delicious with the watermelon. Looks like I lived under a rock too, having not heard of halloumi until now. Thanks for introducing this delicacy!


  • nicole

    that watermelon looks so fresh and yummy! I should try this recipe at home

  • Hailey~FurnishMyWay

    YUM! I too, am a big feta fan and love watermelon so naturally, this made my mouth water. I have never heard of that cheese but I think I need to try it ASAP.

  • Alyssa

    On the beaches of Rio in Brazil, they have vendors that grill halumi cheese on skewers in the tiniest portable grills. It’s the perfect mid-afternoon snack!

    • French By Design

      Yum, don’t know if I’m more excited by the halloumi skewers or the Brazilian beach part ;-)

  • Claire

    I am also keen on halloumi cheese! It`s delicious and quite popular in Poland lately. I`ve been buying it in Carrefour nearby and usually grilled it as well :)
    Mostly I am fond of goat`s milk products, but still in love with cow`s milk cheese – for sure I am not a vegan :D

  • katerina g

    you can also try feta cheese with watermelon and with a little onion, like a salad… we do this often here in greece

  • Kim

    I love halloumi, usually with roast vegetables or just aubergine slices & pesto……..will definitely try with watermelon though!