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Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa

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I love Mediterranean food! Halloumi is one of the best low-carb foods to try when you visit Greece. Although it's a Cypriot cheese, it's commonly found in most Greek restaurants.

Combining halloumi with strawberries, cucumber and basil may sound odd at first but I prose you are in for a treat! All those vibrant colours, fresh lime, sweet strawberries and crunchy cucumber make this salad just perfect for a light summer lunch. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and you're in keto heaven. Make sure you eat it warm - that's when Halloumi tastes best!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 slice + topping

Allergy information for Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 slice + topping)

Net carbs6.8 grams
Protein20.8 grams
Fat37.7 grams
Calories449 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 18%, fat 76%
Total carbs8.1 gramsFiber1.3 gramsSugars3.3 gramsSaturated fat20.2 gramsSodium1,242 mg(54% RDA)Magnesium63 mg(16% RDA)Potassium229 mg(11% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 packages Halloumi cheese (400 g/ 14.1 oz)
  • 1 cup strawberries (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 1/2 large cucumber (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (14 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp mint, chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (15 ml) -avoid sweet and syrupy types of balsamic
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter (15 ml)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Peel and dice the cucumber and dice the strawberries. Halve, deseed and finely dice the jalapeño pepper.
    Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa
  2. Wash and chop the herbs, peel and mash the garlic and mix with the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh lime juice. Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa
  3. Mix everything in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and set aside. Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa
  4. Slice the Halloumi cheese into about 1/2 inch/ 1 cm slices and cook on both sides on a skillet greased with ghee or butter. You can use a regular or grill skillet like I did. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Do not turn before the side gets brown and crispy. Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa
  5. Place on a serving plate and top with the strawberry & cucumber salsa. Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa
  6. Make sure you eat it when the Halloumi is still warm - that's when it tastes best! Grilled Halloumi With Strawberry & Cucumber Salsa

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 slice + topping)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Halloumi (Cypriot cheese)
2 g20 g27 g329 kcal
Strawberries, fresh
2.1 g0.3 g0.1 g12 kcal
Cucumber, fresh
0.5 g0.2 g0.1 g5 kcal
Peppers, Jalapeno, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lime (juice), fresh
0.9 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Mint, fresh
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Balsamic vinegar, dark (excludes sweet, syrupy vinegar)
0.7 g0 g0 g4 kcal
0 g0 g3.8 g34 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 slice + topping
6.8 g20.8 g37.7 g449 kcal

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Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (4)

I used to live in Cyprus and halloumi is definitely my #1 takeaway from that experience!  Mediterranean, Greek, and sometimes even Indian food stores could potentially carry it.  I'm in the Midwest so I have to order mine online 😞  Halloumi is worth it though!

You are so lucky, I love Mediterranean countries... after all my partner is Greek 😊

I just found halloumi cheese at my health food store--they've never carried it before.  I got some, brought it home, and cut off a small chunk--I wanted to see how I'd react to it (I'm allergic to dairy, but have never eaten this cheese).
Lo and behold, I had absolutely NO reaction!  Yes, it's rubbery, yes, it's brined, and yes, it's salty, but I CAN EAT CHEESE AGAIN--that's all that matters.  Now, I'm going to try it warm as you suggest.
I'm also going to try other sheep milk cheeses to see if they cause any problems.

So glad to hear that! If you grill it, it's amazing especially with butter (or ghee in your case) - I never eat it cold because it is kind of rubbery. Once heated, it's delicious 😊