By Carl Hanson

Halloumi takes the concept of "grilled cheese" literally. This cheese won't be constrained between two pieces of bread. It dives directly onto the grill. Deliciousness ensues.

Because halloumi cheese is firm and has a high melting point, it won't turn into messy, melt-through-the-grill-grates goo. Instead, the surface of the cheese firms up, develops gorgeous grill marks, a savory, slightly salty flavor, and a wonderful texture that's unlike anything else. But if you were pressed to compare it to something familiar, you might say it almost has the texture and squeak of cheese curds.

How to Grill Halloumi: Pre-heat the grill to get the grates hot. Give the cheese just enough time to develop dark beauty marks -- 1-or-2 minutes per side. To flip, slide a thin metal spatula under the cheese to loosen the grill's grip.

Too chill to grill? That's okay, halloumi is also amazing popped under the broiler or fried over high heat in a skillet.

Halloumi is typically made with sheep and goat's milk. It's popular in Cyprus and the Middle East. In Cyprus, they eat it with watermelon. It's also delicious with grapefruit. Add halloumi to salads. Enjoy it with kabobs. Grill up some veggies and add everything to grilled pita bread with tzatziki sauce. Try Halloumi in place of feta in Greek Saganaki. Or try these recipes:

1. Halloumi Parmigiana

"Breaded and fried, halloumi adds a new dimension to an Italian favorite," says Buckwheat Queen. "It's definitely worth the effort."

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Turkish Chicken Kebabs

Add slices of halloumi to the grill at the very end. It's always a delicious addition to kebabs.

3. Halloumi Three-Bean Salad with Pomegranate-Harissa Vinaigrette

"Pan-fried halloumi, 3 types of beans, red onion, fresh coriander, and mint are tossed with homemade vinaigrette for a unique salad your taste buds will love," says Buckwheat Queen.

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

4. Harissa Fried Halloumi Panini

Hit your halloumi with the heat of harissa, the North African sauce, then press it, panini-style.

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

5. Mediterranean Greek Salad

Grilled halloumi would be a delicious addition to a classic Greek salad.

6. Simple Salad with Halloumi

"If you can keep from eating the halloumi straight out of the pan or off the BBQ, then chop it up and throw it in this delicious fresh avocado and tomato salad," says geneviever. "Enjoy with a chilled glass of white wine."

Photo by Allrecipes

7. Grilled Halloumi Wraps

"Salty halloumi cheese slices grill up beautifully, along with peppers and onions, to make this tasty vegetarian wrap bursting with flavors of the Mediterranean," says France C. "I like to use low-carb tortillas, but you could also stuff everything inside a pita half instead. Using flavored hummus also adds a nice twist."

Photo by France C

8. Spinach, Nectarine, and Halloumi Salad

"Gorgeous golden brown pan-fried halloumi cheese tops this spinach and nectarine salad dressed with red onion and bell pepper for a crunchy bite," says SunnyDaysNora.

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

9. Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Halloumi Curry

Here's halloumi in a vegetarian curry with sweet potatoes, spinach, and chickpeas. "I saw this at a festival last year but never got to try it, so I came up with a recipe that I love and is very adaptable to different tastes," says nhannides. "Serve hot with brown basmati rice and papadums."

Photo by Allrecipes

10. Watermelon Surprize

Add grilled halloumi to this refreshing summer salad, and you have a serious Cyprus-inspired treat.

Photo by bd.weld

11. Grilled Halloumi with Herbed Berry Salsa

"Grilled halloumi is topped with a fresh-tasting salsa made from sweet blueberries, tart red currants, fresh herbs, and a spicy fresh pepper," says Buckwheat Queen. "Serve this as an appetizer or light lunch. It also makes a lovely sandwich."

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

12. Halloumi Salad

A tasty arugula and tomato salad with broiled or grilled halloumi and a simple dressing of balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil. Turn it into a tasty Mediterranean pasta dish by subbing in your favorite pasta for the pita bread.

13. Halloumi Cheese Fingers

"Fry or grill this Cypriot-style cheese and serve with a Greek salad and crusty bread for a complete meal," says Linda.

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