With a rich, salty taste and irresistably squeaky texture, it’s no wonder halloumi is one of the nation’s favourite cheeses. It’s wonderfully versatile – it can be grilled, baked, barbecued or fried for mouthwatering summer meals. It lends a robust texture to salads, as well as providing a great meat-free option for burgers and barbecues.
It wasn’t easy, but we’ve rounded up our favourite halloumi recipes for fuss-free summer dining.
1. Halloumi & quinoa fattoush
Throw together a light summer lunch with this speedy and satisfying Middle Eastern-style salad. Halloumi is griddled for a beautiful charred taste, then combined with crunchy toasted pitta, grains, cucumber, tomatoes, dill and mint. With such a moreish combination of flavours and textures, it’s sure to become a family favourite.
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2. Membrillo-glazed halloumi skewers
It wouldn’t be summertime without a barbecue. So, fire up the coals and start grilling these gorgeous glazed halloumi skewers. The simple marinade is made from membrillo paste (or quince jelly) and sherry, though you can leave out the latter if serving kids. Cook the halloumi strips for a few mins on each side until golden and charred, then serve as part of a sumptuous summer feast.
3. Halloumi burgers
Everyone will love these super simple veggie burgers, ready in just 20 minutes – ideal for camping feasts or garden barbecues. Lightly char the halloumi slices before packing them in toasted brioche buns with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, hummus and salsa.
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4. Halloumi with lemony lentils, chickpeas & beets
Make the most of storecupboard essentials with this zingy chickpea, lentil and beetroot salad, topped with fried halloumi. A quick homemade onion pickle and citrus dressing provide a refreshing lift – an ideal budget summer supper.
5. Halloumi traybake
In need of a nutritious dinner for the kids? This colourful veggie traybake is brimming with flavours and packs in four of your five-a-day. Combine halloumi with roasted potatoes, chickpeas, pepper, broccoli, tomatoes and garlic for a feel-good family supper.
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6. Halloumi flatbreads
Midweek meals needn’t be boring. Flatbreads are a quick and convenient base to fill with whatever ingredients you have available. Pack them with fried halloumi, crunchy slaw, rocket and generous helpings of hummus for a brilliant, budget-friendly veggie lunch.
7. Spiced halloumi & pineapple burger with zingy slaw
Dreaming of the ultimate burger? Our fully-loaded veggie special is packed with flavour, and clocks up four of your five-a-day. Layer barbecued halloumi with lashings of tangy pickle, spicy chipotle and fresh pineapple – each bite will deliver a taste of the tropics!
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8. Griddled halloumi & watermelon salad
Salty halloumi goes surprisingly well with refreshing watermelon in this light summer salad. Toss with fried breadcrumbs, almonds, capers and chilli for an exciting array of tastes and textures, finished off with a burst of fresh mint. It works well as a sharing side or supper.
9. Tamarind squash & halloumi skewers
Spice up your barbecue spread with some sizzling plant-based skewers. Marinated in an aromatic tamarind and chilli spice mix, the cheese and butternut squash strike the perfect balance of sweet, sticky and savoury. Continue basting the skewers in marinade whilst cooking to ensure they soak up lots of the delicious juices.
If you’re not a fan of spice, these minty courgette & halloumi skewers make a marvellous meat-free barbecue addition.
10. Halloumi fries
Enjoying a drink in the garden? Crispy halloumi fries are the perfect accompaniment. Make this fabulous finger food by coating halloumi strips in flour and za’atar spice, then shallow-fry until crisp and golden. It seems only natural to enjoy these with a dip – we’ve opted for Greek yogurt with lemon and harissa swirled through. Lip-smackingly good!
Get more inspiration in our guide on 9 ways to serve halloumi.
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