Grilled Watermelon with Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe


Halloumi cheese is a sheep’s milk cheese that grills up delightfully! Mix this salty cheese with the sweetness of watermelon and you’ll have a fresh and fruity summertime meal. It is a perfect grilled option for the vegetarians that still love a good cookout.  


  • 12 watermelon slices, approximately 3.5 inches wide
  • 12 slices halloumi cheese, approximately 3.5 inches wide
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Drizzle watermelon and halloumi cheese slices with olive oil and salt. Place on grill and cook for 3 minutes. Rotate slices 45 degrees on a grill (quarter turn) and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Flip pieces of watermelon and cheese over and repeat cook 3 minutes, turn 45 degrees and cook 3 final minutes.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, combine cilantro leaves, lemon juice, lime juice, white wine vinegar, honey and salt in a small mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking. Whisk until the mixture begins to emulsify and thicken.
  3. Create stacks of watermelon and halloumi cheese on each serving plate with three slices of each ingredient per serving. Drizzle with cilantro vinaigrette before serving.
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