Watermelon, Mint, and Grilled Cheese Salad
Grilled cheese salad? Cheese that is…grilled? Get ready for a mind-bending salad :-)
Halloumi, aka grilling cheese, originates from the Eastern Mediterranean and has a very high melting point. This high melting points make the cheese perfect for grilling! The cheese is typically made from a mixture of goat, sheep, and/or cow’s milk. Halloumi is a semi-hard white cheese with a salty brine and a slight springy texture.
When grilled, the cheese becomes crispy on the outside and creamy soft on the inside!
Watermelon and diabetes?
Watermelon has a moderate-to-high glycemic index meaning it has the potential to raise the blood sugar faster than a low glycemic index fruit. But… that doesn’t mean it needs to be avoided!
Adding fat and protein to the dish decreases the overall glycemix index of the meal and therefore slows down the absorption of the carbohydrates. Adding MORE flavor (hello CHEESE!) reduces the blood sugar response! WIN WIN :-)
Oh and watermelon has a ton of great nutrients that you don’t want to miss out on.
Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad Recipe
Where can you buy grilling cheese?
You can find grilling cheese (halloumi) at your local health food store, Fresh Market, or even Trader Joe’s. Check the freezer section of your store if you are unable to find it fresh!
How to grill watermelon:
Heat grill or grilling pan to medium-high
Remove the rind and slice watermelon into 1 inch wedges
Grill watermelon for 60 seconds on each side
Sound like too much work? Skip this step and enjoy the salad with fresh watermelon!
How to grill Halloumi:
Heat grill or pan to medium-high
Slice Halloumi into 1 inch wedges
Grill for 90 seconds on each side, until golden