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Watermelon & Halloumi Baby Gem Cups

Serves: 8

Ready in: Under 15 Mins

Eco Friendly Gluten Free‏ Quick Make

If making as canapés for a large group, chop the griddled halloumi into smaller pieces and serve little spoonfuls of the salad in the smaller baby gem leaves too!

Watermelon & Halloumi Baby Gem Cups Recipe: Veggie


3 baby gem lettuces
½ small water melon chopped into chunks, seeds removed
½ small red onion, finely sliced
4 tbsp shredded mint
100g cucumber, cut into chunks
2 ripe tomatoes, deseeded and cubed
2 tbsp pinenuts
250g block of vegetarian halloumi cheese, sliced into 8 pieces

[hd]For the dressing[/hd]
50ml white wine cider vinegar or lime juice
150ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper


  • First, toast the pinenuts. Warm a dry, heavy based frying pan to a medium heat. Throw in the pine nuts and heat through. Shake regularly so that they colour all over. When they reach a deep golden colour (which doesn't take long at all) remove from the pan and set aside. Keep a close eye on them while cooking as they do burn easily.
  • Seperate the baby gem lettuces into individual leaves using the larger outer leaves rather than the smaller internal ones. Arrange eight leaves on a large serving platter.
  • In a large bowl mix together the watermelon, onion, tomato, cucumber, mint and toasted pinenuts.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients, pour over the watermelon mixture and toss well. Griddle the halloumi slices on a griddle pan or BBQ for about 30 seconds on each side or until golden griddle lines appear.
  • Place a slice of halloumi cheese in each baby gem leaf and then spoon in the watermelon salad. Reserve the leftover dressing from the bottom of the bowl for later – it's too tasty to waste. Serve the cups as canapés or two per person as an unusual starter.
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