Griddled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad with Caper Breadcrumbs

When the weather is hot and humid, doesn’t the sound of some sweet luscious watermelon sound appealing?

Griddled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad with Caper Breadcrumbs

Recipe by BBC GoodfoodDifficulty: Easy peasy


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This salad has a great interplay of textures, temperatures and flavours. Toss juicy watermelon with the salty squeaky cheese that everyone seems to adore, crispy breadcrumbs, capers, toasted almonds and fresh mint. Scrummy with lamb…


  • 750g watermelon

  • 2 small shallots, very finely sliced

  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing and to serve

  • 4 tsp white balsamic vinegar

  • 300g halloumi, sliced

  • good squeeze of lemon juice

  • For the breadcrumbs

  • 75g slightly stale country bread, crusts removed, blitzed into coarse breadcrumbs (or use ready made – life’s too short!)

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ medium red chilli, halved, deseeded and chopped

  • 2½ tbsp capers, rinsed

  • 50g blanched almonds, toasted and chopped

  • small bunch of mint, leaves picked, half of them torn


  • Cut the watermelon into either cubes or slices and transfer to a bowl with the shallots. Add 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the balsamic, then season with fresh black pepper. Cover and put in the fridge for about 15-20 mins.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Fry the breadcrumbs until turning gold. Add the garlic, chilli and capers and cook for another minute, then toss in the almonds.
  • Brush the halloumi with a little oil and heat a griddle pan. Griddle the cheese on both sides until just starting to melt but still holding its shape, with nice golden griddle marks. Toss the cold watermelon and shallots with the rest of the mint leaves and some salt. Divide between four plates, or pile onto a platter. Put the hot halloumi on top. Squeeze over some lemon juice and top with some of the breadcrumb and caper mix. Serve immediately.

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