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Grapefruit Rounds with Halloumi Cheese

January/February 2013

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In this beautiful grapefruit salad recipe we pair the salty flavor of halloumi cheese with sweet-tart ruby grapefruit and aromatic mint. Halloumi cheese has a texture similar to mozzarella, but it browns rather than melts when it is heated. Look for halloumi in tubs or airtight packs near other imported cheese in large supermarkets.


Grapefruit Rounds with Halloumi Cheese Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 red or pink grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 ounces halloumi cheese, cut crosswise into 8 thin slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Preparation

  1. With a sharp knife, remove the skin and white pith from the grapefruit; remove any seeds. Slice each grapefruit into 4 rounds.
  2. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, shallot, pepper and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cheese and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes total.
  4. To serve, place 2 grapefruit rounds on each plate and top each with a piece of the cheese. Drizzle each serving with about 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon mint.

Nutrition

Per serving: 221 calories; 16 g fat (6 g sat, 6 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 2 g fiber; 339 mg sodium; 203 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (65% daily value), Vitamin A (34% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 high-fat meat, 1 1/2 fat


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