by in Recipes May 19, 2018

I made this salad whilst I was in Melbourne, but now the sun is showing its face here in Dublin, it is a delicious fresh salad to enjoy al fresco!!!


  • 1 red onion, very finely diced
  • 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked off the stems
  • 1 bunch mint, leaves picked off the stems
  • 1 bunch rocket
  • 1/4 watermelon cut into triangles
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 250g Halloumi cheese, thinly sliced
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. To make the dressing, in a bowl combine the red onion, chilli, lemon juice, olive oil, 1/2 the sumac and a pinch of salt and good grinding of pepper. Mix well and then let sit whilst you make the rest of the salad.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in a dry frypan – be careful they go from brown to black very quickly!
  3. On a platter scatter the rocket, coriander and mint leaves. Place the watermelon triangles on top.
  4. In a frypan, gently fry the Halloumi till it is nice and golden brown. (I used a little bit of coconut oil). Turn it over and fry the other side. As soon as it is cooked place it over the salad and then pour the dressing over the salad. Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and the remaining 1/2 of the Sumac

Remember Halloumi goes very rubbery when it gets cold, so you need to serve and eat this as soon as it is ready.

The Toons Bridge Halloumi is the nicest one I have found so far in Dublin, it has a really creamy texture and browns beautifully. (Although I would like to find a good Halloumi which is totally sheeps milk (Toons Bridge has milk and then sheeps milk as two separate ingredients) so if anyone finds a nice totally sheep milk Halloumi can you let me know!!!

Increasingly people seem to have an issue with cows milk but tolerate sheep and goats milk and products perfectly fine. Hence I am always on the lookout for good products without cows milk in them.