Halloumi is a firm, fresh cheese from Cyprus that can be grilled or fried without melting. Grilled and eaten on its own, it’s full of “salty, squeaky goodness,” Chowhound user Isolda says—but it’s also a great addition to Mediterranean-inspired appetizers and main dishes. Try these eight ideas from Chowhound’s Cheese discussion board:

1. Pan-fry halloumi, then dress with fresh mint, chile, and lemon juice. –JungMann

2. Toss dressed pan-fried halloumi with watermelon chunks and replace the mint with basil. –JungMann

3. Dredge chunks of halloumi in flour seasoned with chile powder and deep-fry for 30 seconds. Eat immediately. –LMAshton

4. Make this “fantastic” crunchy halloumi salad with apples and mint, which has a variety of crisp vegetables and a tahini-balsamic dressing. –Isolda

5. Try Delia Smith’s fried halloumi with lime-and-caper vinaigrette. –abby d

6. For a deliciously “sweet, salty, and nutty” dish, pan-fry halloumi and serve with a salad of arugula, dates, and toasted almonds. –katnat

7. Marinate chunks of halloumi, onion, zucchini, and peppers in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs, then grill on skewers. –goodhealthgourmet

8. Marinate chunks of halloumi and shrimp in olive oil, lime juice, garlic, smoked paprika, and cumin, then grill. –goodhealthgourmet

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