Griddled Halloumi with Watermelon & Caper Breadcrumbs

With the brand new app update, several amazing summer recipes made their debut, this is a smashing dish that perfectly compliments the summer weather!


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

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


STEP 1Cut 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.

STEP 2 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. Remove from the heat, add the torn mint (it will wilt a little), then taste — it will be quite salty, but the watermelon won’t be, so you’ll get a good contrast.

STEP 3 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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Brandon Bourne

Brandon Bourne

I am a London born designer, entrepreneur and author, who has always had a passion for creation. I like to write what comes into my mind, and generate debates!