Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad

Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad for the #SoLetsPigOut Potluck {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

There are so many wonderful things about summer that I love! Swimming, watermelonpopsicles, and sundresses are all  in my top 5 favorite things about the season right along with a good old fashioned potluck!!! I just love gathering together with family and friends over food, drinks, and good conversation.

Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad for the #SoLetsPigOut Potluck {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

This summer has been so crazy for us with the kid’s activities and travel that we haven’t been able to attend a proper potluck, so when I was invited to join 26 amazing bloggers as a part of the #SoLetsPigOut summer potluck I literally squealed out loud in delight! I am in some really good company as a part of this potluck and the food…well, the food is nothing short of spectacular.

Since I happen to have an abundance of watermelon around my house right now I decided that I would bring a simple , but beautiful watermelon salad to the party inspired by the watermelon and halloumi salad at our favorite Long Beach Mediterranean restaurant.  My version is grilled and then tossed with a simple honey- lime dressing and fresh mint. 

Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad for the #SoLetsPigOut Potluck {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Thanks to the lovely and talented Gina of So…Let’s Hang Out and Emily of The Pig & Quill for pulling all of this potluck amazingness together! As the thoughtful hosts they have made sure that there is something for everyone and every dietary need amongst the posts today and they have even lined up a few giveaways for all of you to enter too…because what party would be complete without prizes?!
Click any of these links for your chance to enter the giveaways and see a few of Gina and Emily’s tasty potluck recipes too:
Sticky BBQ Korean Chicken Wings ( + $225 MightyNest Giveaway)
Herbed Pineapple Limeade with Basil + Mint ( + $50 Mini Shopping Sprees)
Grilled Thai Beef Salad (+ California Olive Ranch Olive Oil Gift Set Giveaway)
Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette (+ California Olive Ranch Olive Oil Gift Set Giveaway)
Check out the other delicious recipes appearing at the #SoLetsHangOut summer potluck after the recipe!

Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Yield: 6 as a side 1x


For the dressing

  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or Bee Free Honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • pinch of salt

For the salad

  • olive oil for grill
  • 1.5 pounds of peeled, seedless watermelon
  • 1 8-ounce package Halloumi Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons mint, minced


Make the dressing

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the zest, lime juice, honey, olive oil, salt & pepper. Set aside.

Grill the fruit and cheese

  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Slice the watermelon into thick “steaks” or slabs to grill and slice the cheese into manageable pieces about 1/4 -1/2 inch thick. When the pan is heated brush it with olive oil then grill the melon and the cheese for 1-1.5 minutes per side until grill marks appear.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. The watermelon will release juices as it rests, discard them.
  3. Dice the watermelon and halloumi into small pieces then toss with the prepared dressing and top with mint.
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 Get ready for some serious potluck inspiration:

Mexican Corn Off  The Cob from Gluten Is My Bitch
Toblerone Ice Cream Cake from The Sugar Hit
Blueberry Mojitos from Cake Over Steak
Vegan Gluten Free S’meaches  from Will Frolic For Food
Strawberry Jalapeno Margaritas from What’s Gaby Cooking
Chicken Fried Tofu Sliders + Spicy Peach Slaw from Earthy Feast
Grain Free Roasted Grape & Rosemary Savory Goat Cheese Mini Tarts from Tasty Yummies
Banh Mi Fries from I Am A Food Blog
Norimaki Mochiko Chicken Bites + Quick Pickles from Fix Feast Flair
Peach Melba Coconut Cream Soda from Aida Mollenkamp
Smoked Salmon Dip from Loves Food Loves To Eat
Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes with Black Tea infused Sweet Cherry Frosting from With Food and Love
Gluten Free Almond Hummus and Crackers from a la main
Marionberry Pie from Dunk and Crumble
Caramelized Onion Buffalo Meatballs with Ranch Drizzle from Predominantly Paleo
Raspberry Fluff from Wit & Vinegar
Peach and Rosemary Crisp from Live Simply
Grain-free Raspberry Coconut Cupcakes from Texanerin
Paleo Coconut-Lime Fruit Salad from Rubies and Radishes
Grilled Halloumi + Peach Skewers with Basil Jalapeno Sauce from Naturally Ella
Herby Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Cherries from 80 Twenty

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  1. aida mollenkamp July 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Because I can always use another reason to eat halloumi!

    1. Meg July 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Exactly Aida!!! I love halloumi, I wish Todd did. I am always sneaking it in dishes trying to trick him into liking it, but it hasn’t worked yet. Oh well, guess I get a whole big bowl of watermelon halloumi salad to enjoy by myself. Mwahahahaha!!!

  2. Kristin July 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Okay, I’m going to admit…I’ve never tried Halloumi Cheese. Yikes, right?! I’m so glad you brought this dish for my first tasty experience.

    1. Meg July 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Kristin, halloumi is a wonderful salty cheese. I love grilling it in the summer months:)

  3. Kris July 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Watermelon is my drug this summer and you are my new dealer. 🙂 I literally stand at the counter and eat juicy bite after juicy bit. Can’t stop. Won’t stop! I usually pair it with feta, so I’m super excited to try this version. Also, that backdrop!! So rad.

  4. Cathy July 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I absolutely love watermelon! As a kid, I used to be able to polish off my own watermelon like that. I can’t wait to try this out. 🙂

  5. Gina @ So Let's Hang Out July 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Meg-ity Meg! Thanks so much for participating in our crazy lil’ potluck. I heart you and I heart this salad. You know how I feel about watermelon. And cheese. I’m kind of scared that if I start eating this I will not stop. xox

  6. Ileana July 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I wish I had this salad for lunch. So nice to find your blog through the potluck, Meg! Cheers to summer eating!

  7. Amber | Loves Food, Loves to Eat July 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    yes! I haven’t been loving the ever-popular watermelon + feta combo this summer, but I do love me some halloumi. Will for sure try this! Happy potluck day/TGIF!! 🙂

  8. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog July 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

    How fun is this potluck, and your grilled watermelon halloumi salad looks AMAZING!

  9. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Wow, what an awesome salad! I’ve never eaten at Boubouffe as I’m fiercely loyal to Open Sesame 😉

  10. Grace @ Earthy Feast July 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    This salad looks so tasty! I was just thinking the other day how I don’t eat halloumi enough! Love it here paired with watermelon and mint! Love your styling too – always so gorgeous!

  11. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 26, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I’ve never tried Halloumi Cheese, but this looks so wonderful on this sale that I must try it.
    I’m pretty much in love with this salad. I can’t think of anything more delicious right now!!

  12. Thalia @ butter and brioche July 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    yum. so delicious and perfect for summer.. watermelon and haloumi is always a great combination!

  13. Em | the pig & quill July 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I can’t believe I still haven’t made anything with halloumi yet this summer! It’s up there with my fave cheeses and this application looks too good not to try. Love the pics for this guy, too — beautiful! 🙂 Thanks for hanging out, girl. <3 xo!


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