Grilled Cheese with Watermelon and Mint

When you hear of grilled cheese with watermelon, you might think about a sandwich of sorts, but in fact this recipe puts Haloumi or Paneer cheese directly on the grill. Combine that with watermelon, salty olives and refreshing mint and you have a delicious summer appetizer salad.

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Grilled Cheese with Watermelon and Mint

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 8 m
  • Total Time: 18 m
  • Servings:
    6

Ingredients

  • 8 slices watermelon, 1/2 inch thick
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces Halloumi, Paneer or grilling cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 15 pitted Kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your outdoor grill until hot and you can only hold your hand 1 to 2 inches above the grill for 2 to 3 seconds before pulling it away.
  2. Season the watermelon slices with salt and pepper and brush lightly with olive oil. Grill about 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until there are nice grill marks.
  3. Brush the cheese slices on both sides with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place on the grill until there are nice grill marks - about 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  4. Arrange the grilled cheese and grilled watermelon on a plate and sprinkle with the fresh herbs and lemon zest. Squeeze a little lemon juice and drizzle a little olive oil over the top and garnish with the Kalamata olives. Serve with fresh griddle bread.
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