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Grilled Halloumi with Watermelon and Basil-Mint Oil

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh
  • mint plus thinly sliced mint for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more
  • for brushing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • 3/4 pound cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 8–9-ounce package Halloumi cheese,
  • cut crosswise into 8 slices
  • 6 small triangles thinly sliced watermelon,
  • rind removed

Details

Adapted from epicurious.com

Preparation

Step 1

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Purée basil, 3 tablespoons mint, and garlic in a blender. With machine running, add 1/2 cup oil. Set a strainer over a small bowl; strain, pressing on solids. Season with salt and pepper.

Brush grill rack with oil. Drizzle 2 tablespoons basil-mint oil over tomatoes and cheese; season with salt and pepper. Grill tomatoes, turning occasionally, until charred and bursting, about 4 minutes. Grill cheese until nicely charred in spots and beginning to melt, about 45 seconds per side.

Arrange melon on a platter. Top with cheese and tomatoes. Drizzle remaining herb oil over; garnish with sliced mint.

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