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Fried Halloumi Sandwiches with Pickled Onion, Pomegranate Molasses and Mint

4 to 6 Servings

30 minutes

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Halloumi is a semi-firm Cypriot cheese traditionally made from sheep and goat’s milk cheese, though these days cow’s milk also is used. Its flavor is milky, tangy and briny, but what’s unique about halloumi is its high melting point. This means the cheese can be grilled or fried—which it commonly is. We fry slices of halloumi in a skillet, then drizzle them with tangy-sweet pomegranate molasses before tucking the cheese into pita bread, along with pickled red onion and fresh mint. These vegetarian sandwiches, with flavors evocative of the Mediterranean, are satisfying but not heavy. Look for both pomegranate molasses and sumac in well-stocked grocery stores or Middle Eastern markets, and also seek out good-quality pita that’s nice and thick; we especially like ones made with whole-wheat flour. Aim to purchase about 1 pound of halloumi, but note that packages vary somewhat in weight; a bit more or less will work out fine.

4 to 6



Don’t forget to pat the halloumi dry. Removing as much moisture as possible will minimize splatter during frying. Also, when making the pickled onion, work the lemon juice and seasonings into the slices by massaging them with your fingers until the onions are wilted and deep purple. This way, the onion will taste pickled rather than raw and pungent.

30 minutes


  • 1

    small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 3

    tablespoons lemon juice


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Jon S.
September 25, 2022
Simple and amazing.
Pretty sure I'd eat one (two??) of these every day if given the chance...
Yaoli Y.
July 24, 2022
So good for so simple
Tastes almost meaty to us despite this being vegetarian. This is shockingly good and so easy to put together. We put it on top of naan instead of pitas just because it was what we had on hand
Kristen H.
June 6, 2022
Holy moly this was goo
I made it as written and will do it again as written. Simple and delicious. I heated the pita for 20 seconds in the microwave wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel.