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Melon and Halloumi with Chili Crisp and Lime

Serves 8


    Slice, drizzle, and squeeze—there’s little more to this refreshing, flavour-packed sweet-meets-heat melon salad.


    Mad for melon

    Any juicy, ripe melon can be used in this dish. Try a variety for a multicoloured dish or heirloom melons for a unique taste and look.


    Melon and Halloumi with Chili Crisp and Lime


      • 1 cantaloupe, cold, peeled if desired, seeded, and sliced into 1 in (2.5 cm) wedges
      • 7 oz (200 g) grilled or seared halloumi, or feta, sliced into 1/4 in (6 mm) pieces
      • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chili crisp condiment (such as okazu) or sweet Thai chili sauce
      • 1 lime, zested and quartered
      • 1/2 red Thai chili, thinly sliced or minced


      Per serving:

      • calories82
      • protein4 g
      • total fat5 g
        • sat. fat4 g
      • total carbohydrates5 g
        • sugars4 g
        • fibre0 g
      • sodium312 mg



      On serving platter, arrange cantaloupe slices, alternating with slices of halloumi or feta, then drizzle with chili crisp followed by a sprinkle of lime zest, squeeze of lime juice, and scattering of Thai chili. Serve.



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