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What’s briny, creamy and positively magical? If you guessed halloumi, you’re right. When fried or grilled, the semi-hard Cyprian cheese develops a crispy crust on the outside and a warm, gooey inside that’s not only tasty but surprisingly versatile, too. Don’t believe us? Here are 19 halloumi recipes to try immediately.

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Tomato Salad with Grilled Halloumi and Herbs

Think of this salad as a caprese upgrade: Pop some halloumi on the grill until it’s charred and gooey, and you might never go back to mozzarella again.

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Sweet Potato, Tomato, Kale and Halloumi Sheet Tray

When you want to make something stunning but don’t feel like cooking, this is your go-to dish. All you really have to do is chop some veggies and let your oven do the work.

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Grilled Caprese Skewers with Halloumi and Sourdough

They’re fun to make, even more fun to eat and have “dinner party” written all over them.

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Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Sure, you could make a boring grilled chicken salad for dinner. Or you could spice things up with this gorgeous fruit-and-cheese creation.

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Roasted Cauliflower Fried Halloumi Tacos with Spicy Avocado Basil Salsa

As a general rule, it’s tough to beat tacos. That is, until you fill them with pan-fried cheese and cauliflower.

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Halloumi Nuggets with Marina Dipping Sauce

They’re basically mozzarella sticks for adults. Need we say more?

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Coconut Chickpea Curry with Rice and Fried Halloumi

We bet you can’t find this at your local Thai spot. And we should mention it takes just 40 minutes from start to finish.

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Fried Halloumi Tacos with Guacamole

Step aside, fish tacos. These vegetarian tacos are just as crispy and satisfying, with the added benefit of cheese. (Thanks, Coterie member Gaby Dalkin.)

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Chickpea Veggie Burger with Fried Halloumi

Have you ever tried a burger with a piece of fried cheese on top? We didn’t think so.

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Melon Halloumi Salad

Melon and feta are a fab combo…but we need something new. The briny flavor of halloumi really complements the sweet melon and mint vinaigrette. Plus it’s got that crunchy-outside, creamy-inside thing going for it.

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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates and Halloumi

It’s time to introduce halloumi to our other two favorite ingredients: bacon and Brussels sprouts.

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Grilled Vegetable and Halloumi Skewers with Pistachio Pesto

Charred cheese, caramelized vegetables and pistachio pesto sure beats a hot dog or hamburger. For the ultimate fridge cleanout, use whatever veggies you have on hand.

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Roasted Shrimp and Polenta with Halloumi Crisps

Aside from being totally delicious and impressive, this dish comes together on a single baking sheet.

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Pea Guacamole and Seared Halloumi Soft Tacos

It doesn’t get much better than sweet peas, ripe tomatoes and golden halloumi all wrapped in a taco blanket. Thanks, Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp.

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Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Halloumi, Pecans and Fried Sage

If you’re going to make homemade pasta, you might as well go all out. (And who’s ever complained about extra cheese?)

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Roasted Yellow Tomato Soup with Green Harissa and Halloumi Croutons

Choosing between bread and cheese is almost impossible, until you’re talking croutons. These have a toasty exterior, creamy interior and are just what your savory tomato soup needs.

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Halloumi Hummus Bowls

The secret to an irresistible grain bowl? A generous variety of color, flavor and texture. This one is creamy, chewy and crispy, with plenty of fresh herbs and lemon for good measure.

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Arugula and Cantaloupe Salad with Grilled Halloumi

In a room full of steaks, be a grilled halloumi salad.

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Apple, Halloumi and Labneh Flatbreads

Oh hey, 15-minute flatbread dinner. With your sweet, salty and spicy flavor profile, we might make you every night for the rest of forever.

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