Grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad
Warmer months are coming, and we know Mediterranean flavors are delicious year-round! So to celebrate the summer, we want to present you with this grilled halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe! Flavors of earthy spinach, sweet watermelon, creamy avocado, and the tang of balsamic glaze come together in this refreshingly crisp lighter-fare meal prep recipe.
Halloumi is believed to have originated in Cyprus, an island nation off the southern coast of Turkey, during the Medieval Byzantine period. It is traditionally made with a mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk, which means this grilled halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe is a fabulous choice for any of our readers with lactose intolerance! By the way, if you’re into food as rich in flavor as it is in history, check out some of our other Mediterranean meal prep ideas! We also think savory-seasoned chicken breast would be great for those who are looking for additional proteins in this grilled halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe. Complimentary flavors make for a satisfying meal, no doubt!
A light and refreshing summer salad that comes together so quickly. Halloumi cheese is grilled to add some flavor and then layered with sweet watermelon and creamy avocado.
How much time do you spend at work or school in any given week? It’s a lot, we’re sure! Good thing it only takes 7 minutes of prep plus 15 minutes of cooking to make this 4-serving halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe. That’s 22 minutes in total. What would you do with an extra 22 minutes of time, if you didn’t have to cook every morning and night?
We think this grilled halloumi and watermelon salad makes for a great single-pan lunch or dinner, especially if you add chicken breast (if you’re new to meal prepping and aren’t sure where to start, check out our list of the best plastic meal prep containers). Halloumi is high in fat (5.8g) and protein (5.3g), and very low in carbs (0.5g) per suggested serving slice, which is great news for our keto readers!
The most traditional way to prepare halloumi is by grilling or frying it. Not only does this warm the cheese up, but it adds flavor! Pan frying it for a few minutes in olive oil is an excellent (and delicious) way to increase the amount of fat in this halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe as well.
Have you ever experienced the flavorful explosion that is brie and jam? We know we have! There is something absolutely sublime about the combination of savory and sweet flavor profiles, and we love this halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe because it does achieves this very thing! Ah, watermelon, a staple fruit of summer. Delightful to look at, and even better to eat. We were floored when we tasted the unbelievable flavor hybrids this dish brings to the table, literally and figuratively. Whether you’re new to meal prep or you’ve been doing it since before it was cool, we are certain you will love this grilled halloumi and watermelon salad meal prep recipe just as much as we did!
Grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad Ingredients:
1 6.5 ounce package of Halloumi cheese
Olive oil, for drizzling
4 cup watermelon, cubed
6 cups spinach, arugula or baby greens
1 large avocado
1 lemon, sliced
4 tablespoons balsamic glaze
Grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad
- 6.5 ounces Halloumi Cheese
- 2 tbs olive oil for drizzling
- 4 cups watermelon cubed
- 6 cups Spinach or mixed greens of choice
- 1 large Avocado
- 1 lemon sliced
- 4 tbs balsamic glaze
- Cut the Halloumi into 8 wedges. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
- Grill the cheese on a hot grill for 3-5 minutes per side. Alternately, use a frying pan to lightly fry the cheese over medium heat until it’s golden brown, about 5 minute per side.
- Assemble salads by adding greens, watermelon, avocado, and grilled Halloumi to 4 plates or meal prep containers. Serve with lemon wedges.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze when ready to enjoy.