AAs the star of many vegetarian recipes, the subject of so many love letter Instagram memes, and a versatile component of Greek and Cypriot cuisine, halloumi, often referred to as “squeaky cheese,” is a fan favorite – whether you eat it raw, fry it or bake it or grill. In fact, there are so many calcium-filled halloumi recipes out there that it’s hard to know where to start. Tip: This list is a good introduction to cooking with the semi-hard, salted cheese, which can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk.
One of the reasons halloumi is so versatile is that due to its high melting point when cooked, it doesn’t work like other cheeses like Gruyere or Cheddar. As a result, its consistency is less melty and sticky and tougher and thicker, which makes it a great meat substitute. The cheese’s taste is also salty than many of its counterparts, which means it doesn’t require as many spices to prepare.
Although halloumi is high in fat and sodium, it also has an impressive nutritional profile: the cheese contains 19 grams of protein (a key to healthy aging) per serving and is an excellent adult calcium source at over 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance per serving. This makes it a great alternative to red meat for burgers or grilling. Halloumi also contains zinc, selenium, magnesium and vitamins A and B. “A healthy portion size of halloumi is around 80 grams,” which is roughly the size of a palm.
Scroll down for 6 calcium-filled halloumi recipes to add to your spring rotation
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1. Satay halloumi wraps
Satay sauce (also called peanut sauce) can’t go wrong, but it doesn’t just have to go with chicken. These vegetarian satay wraps are flavorful and flavorful, can be eaten hot or cold, and are a great way to include seasonal produce in a meal that is easy to grab and eat on the go.
Get the Recipe: Satay Halloumi Wraps
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2. Seared halloumi with cereals
Would you like to add a little more protein to the same quinoa salad you made on Sunday and eaten all week? Top it off with halloumi! The salty taste of the cheese adds an extra punch to the dish, and you can use any type of grain and mix-ins to make it the perfect, refreshing, but filling, bowl.
Get the Recipe: Fried Halloumi with Grains
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3. Smoky Halloumi Pasta Bake
The dish is filling and great for the whole family. The smoky paprika and potpourri of other spices give it an earthy, smoky, elevated taste and smell that makes it different from your regular pasta dishes.
Get the Recipe: Smoky Halloumi Pasta Bake
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4. Crispy halloumi burger
Do you fancy a burger? Don’t you want to eat meat Have only 15 minutes? This recipe is so quick and easy to make, tastes amazing, and is great for batch prep. The crispness of the fried halloumi is an excellent contrast to the soft bun and sauces, pickles, and vegetables you might want to add.
Get the Recipe: Crispy Halloumi Burger
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5. Grilled halloumi tacos with mango salsa
Mix up your menu next taco Tuesday with these sweet, savory, and summery mango halloumi tacos that are vegetarian, a little spicy, and very fun.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Halloumi Tacos with Mango Salsa
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6. Butter halloumi curry
If you’re craving Indian food, this vegetarian iteration of buttered chicken takes on the flavors you know and love, but uses halloumi instead of poultry.
Get the Recipe: Halloumi Butter Curry
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