I love to grill, but how many veggie kebabs and burgers can one (vegetarian) girl endure? Enter, vegetarian halloumi wraps in pita bread!
One of my favorite things to grill this summer is halloumi, a semi-hard cheese from Cyprus that has a high melting point and can be fried or grilled.
This vegetarian halloumi wrap pita sandwich is a riff on one I had in Athens. Once you get the charcoal going, it’s a quick cook, and you can be eating within 15 minutes :)
Vegetarian Halloumi Wraps Recipe
sliced red onion
It seems a bit silly to give quantities for this recipe, so I’m not gonna do it. Really, who am I to dictate how much stuff should be in your pita? Three slices of halloumi per pita worked for me, but it depends on big your pitas are, Danish pitas are tiny… everything in Europe is tiny, so adjust accordingly ;-)
Robert and I are old school, so we use charcoal. There’s nothing better than charcoal!
While the charcoal is heating, slice the halloumi along a narrow side into 1/4-inch (or so) slices.
Once the charcoal is ready, let it mellow for 5-10 minutes. If you try to cook halloumi on a blazing hot grill, you’ll end up with a Pinterest fail… not that I’d know ; -)
Brush a bit of oil onto the grill grate, then grill the halloumi until it browns on each side. If your grill is the right temperature, this will take 2-3 minutes.
Next warm your pita bread on the grill for about a minute on each side, then stuff your pitas full of halloumi, salad, and tzatziki… voila, vegetarian halloumi wraps just like you get in Athens!
I recommend a side of tabbouleh to go with. Bon Appétit!
P.S. If you need a good tzatziki recipe, check out this one from my Greek friend Lenia’s grandma Sofia.