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Halloumi watermelon salad

A summery, fresh halloumi salad with toasted halloumi chunks, watermelon, pomegranate, mint and tomato. A bright, healthy summer salad absolutely packed with flavour.
Servings: 4


lemon-garlic dressing

  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1-2 hot green chillies thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed oil

halloumi watermelon and basil salad

  • 400 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 medium watermelon
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • handful mint leaves
  • handful basil leaves
  • 1 pack halloumi
  • 2 tbsp nigella seeds


for the dressing

  • Juice the lemon, add the garlic to the lemon juice and set aside for 20 minutes – this effectively cooks the garlic. When the garlic is ready, stir through the chillies, season with a big pinch of flaky salt and whisk in the oil.

for the salad

  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, thinly slice the cucumber, cut the watermelon into large cubes, deseed the pomegranate and separate the romaine leaves. Arrange the fruit and vegetables on the plates, scatter over the herbs and drizzle over the dressing. Set aside while you cook the halloumi.
  • Cut the halloumi into 2cm cubes and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle the nigella seeds on a plate and press the halloumi cubes in the seeds on all sides – you won’t get a complete coating, but some of them should stick.
  • Heat a little drizzle of oil (just enough to stop the nigella seeds sticking) over medium heat in a heavy frying pan until hot. Add the halloumi and cook on all sides, turning carefully, until nicely browned. Sprinkle over the salad and serve immediately.