Haloumi cheese sandwich

August 18, 2008

Haloumi is a Meditterranean cheese that is made from goat’s and sheep’s milk. Think of it as a saltier mozzarella. But unlike its Italian counterpart, haloumi loves heat. Its high melting point makes it ideal for grilling or pan-frying. Earlier this week, I topped featured it in a salad. Tonight, I created a haloumi sandwich with some ingredients I had lying around. I ate it with watermelon on the side because I wanted something sweet to offset the cheese’s saltiness.

2-3 slices of haloumi cheese (rinsed, 1 cm thick)
half tomato sliced
a few leaves of basil
1 lettuce leaves or some mixed greens
1 5-inch long baguette halved lengthwise

Dressing (optional):
1 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
pinch of minced garlic
pinch of dried oregano
pepper to taste


  1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. Place cheese slices on pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  3. Place mixed greens or lettuce on bottom half of bread. Add cheese slices and lightly drizzle 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Add basil and tomato.

6 Responses to “Haloumi cheese sandwich”

  1. MO sunshine Says:

    This sounds fabulous! Can you tell me where I should look for this cheese in small city central United States? I have never seen it before. Are there other cheeses that tolerate heat?

  2. alma Says:

    What kind of bread did you use on the Haloumi cheese sandwich? It looks delicious!

  3. Lisa Says:

    Looks incredible delicious!

  4. brooke Says:

    please add me to the email list

  5. Duchess Says:

    well, that a keeper!

  6. Piedro Says:

    I discovered halloumi a few years ago as I moved to Cyprus, never heard of it before. But straight away I fell in love with that delicious cheese that is so versatile and gives its special note to so many dishes. Very often we try new halloumi recipes and there is not one week since then, that we won’t have at least one meal with halloumi, not to speak about BBQs, where having halloumi is a must.

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