Watermelon, Halloumi and Za’atar Salad

This watermelon, halloumi, and za’atar salad is a marvelous Middle Eastern concoction with watermelon, cheese, cucumber, olives, grapes, za’atar, and sumac. As refreshing as a dip in the Mediterranean.

Bowl of watermelon, halloumi and za’atar salad, which also has cucumbers, olives, and grapes

This simple summer supper jumbles everything you might set out with cocktails or wine before dinner—summer fruit and vegetables and cheese–into a salad that goes just as perfectly with that summer evening glass of chenin blanc.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Watermelon, Halloumi and Za’atar Salad

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  • 40 M
  • 40 M
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients


Directions

In a large bowl, combine the cheese, olives, za’atar, shallots, sumac, lemon juice, lime juice, oil, and chile, if using. Season with salt.

Arrange the watermelon, grapes, and cucumber in a large serving bowl, add the cheese mixture, and serve.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This watermelon, halloumi and za’atar salad is lovely in warm weather! So bright and fresh! So many interesting textures and flavor contrasts and pretty customizable, depending on what other seasonal ingredients you have on hand.

This watermelon, halloumi and za’atar salad just screams summertime. The juicy watermelon and salty cheese blend perfectly with the freshness of the herbs and slight acidity of the citrus. It's also a very forgiving salad and the proportions could be easily adjusted for taste, or even substitutions of some of the ingredients.

I could not find za'atar leaves, so I used a combination of oregano, marjoram, and thyme leaves. I think that I might just use oregano and thyme in the future, to suit my specific taste. I chose not to use the optional chile, but I could see how a little spicy bite could be delicious in this salad as well. I think that this is definitely a keeper.

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