Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad with Minty Green Beans

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Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad with Minty Green Beans Recipe

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Claire Spollen

If your farmers' market doesn't have slender haricots verts, grab a handful of regular green beans and cook them a couple of minutes longer. Halloumi is a wonderfully salty-nutty cheese that's firm enough to stand up to grilling; if you can't find it, use ricotta salata or queso fresco.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup arugula mixture, 2 watermelon wedges, 1 cheese wedge, and about 3/4 cup haricots verts)


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8 ounces haricots verts (French green beans)
1 small seedless watermelon (about 5 pounds)
4 ounces halloumi cheese, cut into 4 triangles
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup torn fresh mint leaves
4 cups baby arugula
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped


Hands-on: 22 Minutes
Total: 22 Minutes

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add haricots verts; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

2. Heat a large grill pan over high heat. Cut watermelon lengthwise into 4 quarters. Cut 1 quarter crosswise into 8 (3/4-inch-thick) wedges; reserve remaining watermelon for another use. Add watermelon and cheese to grill pan coated with cooking spray; grill 2 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.

3. Combine oil, juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Remove 2 teaspoons oil mixture; set aside. Add haricots verts and mint to bowl; toss to coat. Arrange bean mixture on a platter. Return reserved 2 teaspoons oil mixture to bowl. Add arugula to bowl; toss to coat. Arrange arugula mixture, watermelon, and cheese on platter. Sprinkle with nuts.

Created date

April 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 234
Fat 15.5 g
Satfat 6 g
Monofat 6.8 g
Polyfat 1.7 g
Protein 10 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 549 mg
Calcium 310 mg