Recipe: Halloumi & Melon Skewers with Honey-Lime Glaze

updated Feb 3, 2020
summer
Halloumi and Melon Skewers

Cubes of cantaloupe, watermelon, and briny halloumi are charred on the grill, then brushed with a honey-lime glaze.

Makes7 skewers

Prep15 minutes

Cook6 minutes to 8 minutes

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I can’t help but serve a cheese plate at every gathering I host. Catching up with old friends or breaking the ice with new ones is always easier over nibbles of sweet fruit and salty cheese. For this summer’s soirées, I’m swapping the cheese plate for skewers, and serving charred melon and briny halloumi brushed with a honey-lime glaze.

The Best Cheese for Grilling

If the only grilled cheese you’ve had is the one sandwiched between two slices of buttered bread, it’s time to think again. Halloumi cheese is a brined sheep’s (or blend of sheep and goat’s) milk cheese from the Mediterranean and Middle East. Despite an appearance akin to feta, halloumi has a chewy, not crumbly, texture and a higher melting point, making it perfect for grilling. Cut the halloumi into bite-sized pieces, then carefully thread onto skewers so that the cubes don’t crack. Grill until charred by the grates and brushed with a sweet and sour honey-lime glaze.

Halloumi and Melon Skewers

Cubes of cantaloupe, watermelon, and briny halloumi are charred on the grill, then brushed with a honey-lime glaze.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 6 minutes to 8 minutes

Makes 7 skewers

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup

    freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • 2 tablespoons

    honey

  • 3 cups

    (1-inch pieces) seedless watermelon (1 pound)

  • 2 cups

    (1-inch pieces) cantaloupe (12 ounces)

  • 8 ounces

    (1-inch pieces) halloumi cheese

  • 7

    (10-inch) skewers, soaked for at least 30 minutes if wooden

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill to high, direct heat.

  2. Whisk lime juice and honey together in a small bowl. Thread the watermelon, cantaloupe, and halloumi cheese onto the skewers. Brush with the honey-lime juice.

  3. Oil the grill grates. Place the skewers on the grill, cover, and cook until grill marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes per side, brushing occasionally with the honey-lime juice. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.