Ever since I first tasted that delicious squeaky cheese I’ve craved it grilled on kebab skewers, cooked into foods like burgers and falafel, and ‘melted’ over roasted veg.
There’s just one catch: compared to its lighter brothers and sisters, halloumi is a slightly fattier cheese (especially if you like it so much you eat half a pack at once!)
Now, knowing this nutrition fact, logic would dictate that I simply substitute halloumi for a less fatty cheese – feta cheese or cottage cheese, for example. But when it comes to food I don’t follow logic, I follow my stomach. And my stomach wants me to feed it halloumi.
So, for health-conscious halloumi lovers (who follow their stomachs) everywhere, I bring you a lighter way to eat squeaky cheese…
Halloumi & bacon lettuce wraps (with mint and cucumber dressing)
So basically halloumi without added carbs. Of course I can’t attest to the actual health benefits of eating halloumi this way, plus I added bacon which is just extra fat, so broadly speaking this recipe probably isn’t the lightest way to eat halloumi after all…but it is wrapped in lettuce so at least I got my greens!
Here’s the recipe – it serves two:
- 6 x halloumi slices (approx 1/4cm thick)
- 4 x romaine lettuce leaves
- 2 x smoked bacon rashers
- 1 x leek, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking
For the mint and cucumber dressing:
- 3 tbsp soured cream
- 1/4 chopped cucumber
- Small handful chopped mint and parsley
- Squeeze of lime juice
Grill the bacon until cooked. Meanwhile, fry the halloumi in a griddle pan with the olive oil for approximately 12-15 minutes, turning halfway through, until slightly browned on both sides. Add the chopped leeks after about 5 minutes to cook those too.
Prepare the lettuce leaves by washing them and then drying them using paper towels.
Compile the dressing by mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
When the halloumi and bacon are ready, cut the cooked bacon into small squares and add to the lettuce leaves with the halloumi and the leek.
Top with the mint and cucumber dressing, serve, and enjoy!
Are you a halloumi cheese lover? Do share your recipes – I’d love to try them!