Grilled Halloumi Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Halloumi Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- summer vegetables and salty halloumi cheese served with a refreshing mint yogurt sauce. The perfect quick and delicious summertime meal! (gluten-free & grain-free)

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

More kebabs? More kebabs!

Because who wants to spend all day in their kitchen? Or better yet, who wants to turn on their oven?

Not this girl. I want to be outside soaking up all of that beautiful summer sunshine!

Whilst eating juicy veggie kebabs and drinking a cold glass of white wine. :)

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

Why did I just use the word whilst? That was weird.

Anyways, now that we’re all feeling intellectually stimulated by my sophisticated writing, let’s move on to cheese.

What do you guys know about halloumi?

The first time I tried it was three or four years ago back in College Station. We were out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants (Café Eccel which is now closed…boo!) and they brought it out flaming on a cast iron skillet. I had no clue what it was or how to pronounce it but I can tell you one thing, if you bring me flaming cheese, Ima eat it.

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

Come to find out, it’s actually made from sheep’s milk from the Greek island of Cyprus. And it’s particularly known for how well it holds up on the grill which is why it’s called “the grilling cheese of Cyprus”.

It’s also typically made without animal rennet, making it suitable for vegetarians. Woo hoo!

That settles it. I’m moving to Greece!

I’m kidding, obviously. But if I can’t go to Greece, I bring Greece to me.

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

Where were we? Oh right, halloumi.

What inspired to me make these kebabs was actually a veggie burger recipe from Green Kitchen Travels. Rather than grill it, they chose to shred the cheese along with zucchini, carrot, and fresh mint, then press it all into a patty and pan fry it.

Well, let me just tell you, the flavor of fresh mint with halloumi is to-die-for! It’s refreshing, yet savory so you feel satisfied but not weighed down.

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

The only problem was that I couldn’t get the burgers to hold together very well. I think using a few paper towels to absorb the liquid from the zucchini might have helped but for the sake of patience, I decided to recreate a kebab version and serve it with a mint yogurt sauce.

The whole thing comes together really fast and the grilled veggies and cheese taste great rolled up in a big leaf of romaine with the yogurt sauce on top. They really are the perfect summer meal!

Grilled Halloumi Veggie Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce- less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

Grilled Halloumi Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Yield: 4 kebabs

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 10

Total Time: 25

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces halloumi cheese
  • 2 medium size zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • serving suggestions: romaine lettuce leaves or whole wheat pita

Mint Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (about 12 leaves)
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Start by dicing the cheese and vegetables into 1” squares. Cut each zucchini in half and then cut them lengthwise into 1” pieces. Arrange the vegetables and cheese on the skewers and set aside.
  2. Next make the yogurt sauce by combining all ingredients in a food processor and blending for 15-20 seconds. Alternatively, you can chop the mint by hand and stir everything together in a small bowl. Refrigerate while you cook the kebabs.
  3. To cook the kebabs, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and cook on the preheated grill for 4-5 minutes, turning in between.
  4. Serve warm with romaine lettuce and yogurt sauce and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts are for two kebabs with yogurt sauce

Grilled Halloumi Kebabs with Mint Yogurt Sauce

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