Grilled Halloumi Cheese with Blueberry-Balsamic Jam

Halloumi, a firm Greek cheese, can be cooked on the grill or in a skillet without melting all over the place. In this healthy appetizer recipe, it's paired with tangy and sweet blueberry jam. The berry jam recipe makes enough so you'll have leftovers for your morning toast or for a spectacular peanut butter and jelly.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 8 ounces halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices

  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (not thawed)

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Pinch of salt


  1. Combine lemon juice, thyme and pepper in a shallow dish. Add halloumi and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature, turning once, for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, combine blueberries, vinegar, honey and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until very thick and jamlike, 12 to 15 minutes for fresh berries, 20 to 30 minutes for frozen. Remove from heat.

  3. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the halloumi until warm and well marked, about 2 minutes per side. Use a metal spatula to help loosen the cheese from the grill before flipping it. Serve the cheese with the jam.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate jam (Step 2) for up to 1 week. Serve at room temperature.

Oiling a grill rack before you grill helps prevent foods from sticking. Once the grill is heated, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

124 Calories
8g Fat
8g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 slice cheese & 1 Tbsp. jam
Calories 124
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 6g 13%
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Vitamin A 24IU 0%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 3mcg 1%
Sodium 320mg 14%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 37mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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