Watermelon and Halloumi Salad

May 27, 2019mayurisjikoni
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The #197th theme for FoodieMonday/Bloghop group, Get in Shape is nothing to do about us getting into shape with some healthy diet or workout. However, as Kalyani suggested, its all about presenting food in a geometrical fashion. Kalyani blogs at Sizzling Buds. Her blog is full of vegetarian recipes and many are vegan. Her endeavor to present world cuisine in a more healthier manner for her family is commendable.

When the theme was suggested, I got excited. I would have loved to bake a bread or tart to really give due credit to this theme (you know the type where slices are arranged in concentric circle or even or semi circles on a square pie), but limited resources meant I had to think of something a bit more doable in my son’s small kitchen. My son and daughter in law have just moved to their new home so they have limited utensils, crockery, equipment in the kitchen. 

A fully blown discussion took place with family as to what I should make. I’ve not had any of the members taking so much interest in any of the themes before.

Pies was high on the list, then creating a noughts and crosses game, making shaped rotis. 

Finally the ‘boss’ that is me, made the final call. I’ve always wanted to try a halloumi and watermelon salad. When I went grocery shopping, the red watermelon caught my attention, but they didn’t have a yellow one. Yes yellow watermelons exist and they taste equally sweet. I just mentioned that I wish I had a yellow one too and lo behold my son comes back home with a big yellow watermelon. That’s when the idea to stack alternate colors came about.

While I was getting ready to start on my ambitious project of getting perfect circles using a glass tumbler, guess who more or less takes over? My son! I felt like a trainee under a head chef, rounds are not perfect, why are slices of halloumi uneven, etc etc.

I know I’ve not ventured out to present a very artistic geometrical shaped food but this recipe is going to be really close to my heart as my family took so much interest in how I should make it and my son helping to cut the round shapes with so much patience….which I lack totally.


Mt. Agung view from the terrace of the new home

watermelon and halloumi salad 2

watermelon and halloumi salad


Master Chef teaching the trainee, that is me!

watermelon and halloumi salad 3


Serves 4

8 round slices of yellow watermelon

8 round slices of red watermelon

12 thin squares of halloumi cheese ( I used about 200g)

½ tsp zaatar

few fresh basil leaves

For chopped salad:

1½ cups diced yellow watermelon

1½ cups diced red watermelon

1 cup diced grilled halloumi cheese

½ tsp zaatar

6-7 big basil leaves, finely chopped

Preparation for the stacked salad:

  1. Cut the halloumi into 12 squares, the thickness depending on how your halloumi cheese is shaped.
  2. Heat a non stick frying or grill pan over high heat.
  3. Place the cut halloumi on the pan and let it cook on one side for about a minute.
  4. Turn the pieces over using a small spatula or knife. Let it cook for a minute and then remove the cheese from the pan.
  5. Place the grilled cheese pieces on a plate.
  6. Cut about 4 big slices of  watermelon both yellow and red.
  7. Using a cookie cutter or a glass cut 8 roundels of each colour.
  8. Stack alternate layer of 4 watermelon roundels and 3 halloumi square.
  9. Top it with a basil leaf.
  10. Sprinkle zaatar over it and serve.
  11. For a nice cool salad for the hot season, chill the watermelon roundels.

Preparation of the chopped version:

  1. Mix the watermelon cubes, diced halloumi, chopped basil and zaatar. 
  2. Serve it chilled.


  • To enjoy it as a cool summer salad, chill the water melon.
  • I used up the leftover watermelon pieces to make a chopped salad and some fresh juice.
  • No need to add salt in this salad as halloumi is salty.
  • No need to add any oil too.

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Watermelon and Halloumi Salad

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

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Watermelon, Coconut and Rose Popsicles

Watermelon Gazpacho

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  • Kalyani

    May 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Mayuri – the family pitching in is so
    Wonderful isn’t it ? This salad is so refreshing given the weather here and although I am not a cheese fan, I bet it tasted great. I make a salad wit feta and watermelon! The stack up pics are very alluring .. and thank you very much for your kind words. Glad we all got the creative juices flowing for this theme !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, I loved the theme and realized that food presentation in shapes changes the way people view certain dishes.

      1. The Girl Next Door

        May 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm

        Wow! Who wouldn’t love this colourful, refreshing salad? 🙂 Love your story of how your family pitched in to create this dish, and the alternating red and yellow slices of watermelon. 🙂

      2. mayurisjikoni

        May 29, 2019 at 4:20 pm

        Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • Daniels

    May 27, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    wow, what a refreshing salad,and the way it was presented, am going to give it a try right away. thanks a lot for this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Daniels, hope you like it.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    May 27, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Well the boss is always right 😉. Though I do not like hallowmi much I would love to give this a try, as the combination is unique. Food makes such fond memories too right?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Yes they do Renu, I love all kinds of cheeses.

  • Jolly

    May 27, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I loved your beautiful presentation of this simple salad. This salad is so so refreshing, I never tasted cheese with fruit salads and always feel how’s the texture of dish which has cheese with salad. By loook it’s so so beautiful that free me to try it. I liked your perfection in cutting & teaching to your students 😀Great work 😊👍🏻

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Jolly, I love salads with cheese and halloumi pairs well with watermelon.

  • Nelly Wanjiku Kung’u

    May 27, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    We recently started cooking, so I am so grateful for this as I will use this during brunch this weekend.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Nelly, do share a photo of what you prepare.

  • Patrícia Martin

    May 28, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Summer time is here and water means summer go hand in hand, I’ll be trying this and I’ll be giving some to my kid.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Patricia, hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • lifedreamers.blog

    May 28, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Thanks for this one – simple and fast to make!

  • Michael David Oyco

    May 28, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Never thought watermelon can be used as this. Thank you! A nice concept really. Looks very interesting! Adds to the value of the dish.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much Michael.

  • Fran Jorgensen

    May 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

    This looks all kinds of amazing and so refreshing! I can’t wait for our weather to start warming up so that I can give this recipe a go!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you so much Fran.

  • zhynaia

    May 28, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    ohh myy geee.. fooodiee… I feel hungry already… I love desserts and fruits… 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    May 28, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Oooh, interesting combination! Yellow watermelon isn’t common here in the Philippines, but I do love the red ones. 🙂

  • Geraline Batarra

    May 28, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Love the presentation, you make it so beautiful. This got me craving for watermelons now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much Geraline.

  • Arunasaraschandra

    May 28, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Wow, I loved this salad 😋, I’m very big fan of water melon. I never saw yellow water melon and never had cheese in salad. It’s looking very refreshing and it’s happy when family too involved in theme discussions and helping in preparation 😍. Lovely share👌

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much Aruna. I hadn’t seen yellow watermelon till my trip to Thailand.

  • Julie

    May 28, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    You make all your food look amazing! Great job!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Julie.

  • Mavs Escala

    May 28, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I love anything with watermelon so I am definitely loving this one!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Mavs.

  • Ana

    May 28, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Your first pic of Mayuri Jikoni salad sold me. It looks incredibly delicious and colorful. I’d love to give it a try!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much Ana. Please share a photo whenever you make it.

  • Ashley K.

    May 29, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I absolutely love watermelon in the summer! This looks so unique but like the watermelon and cheese would complement each other well. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Ashley and you’re welcome.

  • Lyosha Varezhkina

    May 29, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Sounds overly delicious! I am a big fan of halloumi cheese and its mix with watermelon is ideal especially for a hot day. I will definitely try this salad to the letter.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you so much Lyosha. Please do try it and share a picture with me.

  • Alexandra Cook

    May 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, I love this recipe it is so delicious and look so easy to prepare. I will def try to make this for the whole family.

  • Mudpie Fridays

    May 29, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I love finding a new recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

  • Kenny Ngo

    May 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I would totally dig in on those dishes. It looks healthy and yummy which is always a good combination.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

      Thanks Kenny.

  • Ivana

    May 29, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Watermelon and halloumi….two of my favourite things in one!

  • Samar

    May 30, 2019 at 12:03 am


    I heard about the watermelon salad for the first time. I am definitely going to try that.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:56 am

      You must its so delicious. Check out my blog for other easy salad recipes too.

  • Bindu Thomas

    May 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    This is such a simple and nutritious salad. And yummy too. Great idea for the summer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Bindu.

  • FoodTrails

    May 30, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Basil and zaatar are my favourite flavours these days.Can image how flavourful and refreshing this salad would have been and you have presented it in a gorgeous way… Cooking with your loved ones do make special memories.You have very beautifully penned these memories forever!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

      Thank you so much Swati. Such events with my kids are rare so I cherish them a lot.

  • shobhakeshwani

    May 31, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Who wouldn’t want to eat such beautifully presented fruit salad… well done !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Shobha.

  • elizabeth

    May 31, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    The presentation of this salad is lovely. I can just imagine how refreshing it tastes! I’m vegan, so I would skip the cheese and maybe use another fruit for that layer–possibly pineapple? Thanks for sharing.

  • Mina Joshi

    June 1, 2019 at 9:10 am

    The presentation of the water melon and hallumi slices looks amazing. Its lovely to see your son getting interested in cooking too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Mina, he loves cooking and must say whatever he makes its delicious. I’m so proud that all my 3 kids love to cook.

  • poonampagar

    June 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Never tasted or heard of yellow watermelon. The colorful stacked salad with cheese looks very appealing and refreshing di !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2019 at 2:38 am

      Thanks Poonam. I too had not heard or seen it till I saw it in the supermarket in Thailand. It seems its pretty common in the Far East as I got it also on the flight.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    June 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Loved your presentation Mayuri. Salad looks so refreshing and delicious. I don’t like cheese much but I would love to try it. Hope you enjoyed learning from your young son. I know its a great experience.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2019 at 2:37 am

      Thanks Sujata, halloumi tastes more like paneer but saltier and more moist.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    June 2, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Good morning Boss! 😀 I absolutely love it n love it when the family pitches in with suggestions. Then when they start working… bahar hai!
    I need to try the haloumi cheese sounds so yummy n the salad will be so very flavourful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Archana, there were just too many suggestions, some very impractical. Try halloumi cheese, it adds so much flavor to salads and can be used in sandwiches too.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    June 2, 2019 at 10:31 am

    yellow and red watermelon in salad is a lovely idea to use. I never come across these yellow watermelon. I think that must taste kind similar as of red ones. Great share for theme

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Sasmita, the yellow watermelon tastes just like the red ones.

  • Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

    June 5, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I absolutely adore halloumi!! Such a great idea to serve it with watermelon, I bet that’s a great combination 🙂

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    June 27, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    The salad looks absolutely refreshing Mayuri and love the way you have presented it too. With the warm weather becoming warmer day by day , these salads would be welcome anytime of the day.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Veena.

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    June 30, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I had a similar dish to this in North Cyprus and it was so good. Love halloumi!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 3, 2019 at 7:01 am

      Thanks Jacqueline.

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