Shake up your lunch routine with this delicious Halloumi Wrap with fresh veggies and sweet chili sauce ... it's the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors!
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Have you ever tried something so memorable in a restaurant, that you had to recreate it at home? It actually happens to me a lot!
This particular recipe was inspired a wrap I had while visiting London last fall. We were walking around the city and decided to grab a quick bite at Leon (a fast-casual restaurant). And because I was obsessed with eating as much halloumi as possible on that trip (it's very popular in the U.K.), I ordered their Halloumi Wrap.
Everything we tried during that meal was super tasty, but the wrap was my fave. It paired salty halloumi cheese with a sweet chili sauce. The combination of flavors was pretty much perfect.
Of course, I had to recreate it once I returned home. This is my version of that delicious Leon Halloumi Wrap, and it's pretty close to the original (if my memory doesn't fail me).
Thanks to this easy recipe, there's no reason to cross the pond to try that mouthwatering wrap! And I'm breaking it down for you step-by-step ... keep reading for all the details!
Most of the ingredients for this recipe are pretty basic and can be found at your local grocery store. Here's what you'll need:
- Halloumi - Salty Halloumi Cheese is the star of this easy wrap!
- Chili Sauce - Flavorful Sweet Chili Sauce gives this recipe a wonderful sweet-savory flavor with a little kick. It isn't too spicy, but you can add more or less, depending on your preference. You'll find it in the international aisle of most grocery stores.
- Mayonnaise - You'll mix the chili sauce with mayonnaise to create the simple, but scrumptious sauce.
- Lettuce - I used bib lettuce for these wraps, but any tender greens will work.
- Tomatoes - Juicy tomatoes lighten up the other ingredients. I used plum tomatoes, but other varieties will work, too.
- Herbs - A little fresh parsley and mint add tons of flavor to the finished sandwich.
- Tortillas - I used 10-inch tortillas to make these wraps, but you could use a slightly smaller ones if you'd prefer. If you do use smaller tortillas, you may need to leave one of the short ends open when you fold it up.
Halloumi is a semi-hard cheese that was first produced in Cyprus, a small island country located in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s typically made with goat, sheep, or cow's milk, and because it doesn't melt when heated, it's often prepared fried or grilled.
Don’t be surprised if it squeaks when you bite into it, kind of like cheese curds! It's ideal for frying or grilling, because it won’t melt when heated.
Where to Buy Halloumi
Look for halloumi cheese in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store. If you can't find it locally, you can find it online. Amazon carries multiple brands (including this Kryssos brand cheese which I've used before), and I've seen it at other online stores, too.
Halloumi can be a little pricey. If your area has any Mediterranean, Greek, or Middle Eastern markets though, you can probably get it there for a better price. Here in the DFW area, Sara's Market & Bakery, a small Mediterranean grocery store in Richardson, has multiple varieties.
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How to Make a Halloumi Wrap
This recipe is quick and easy to make! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's an overview of the steps:
- Cook the halloumi. Start by cutting your cheese into slices, then blot it dry with a paper towel (or clean kitchen towel). Next, brush it on one side with oil. Place halloumi oil-side down in a hot frying, then brush the other side with oil. Cook until golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Tip: it will probably take a little longer on the first side.
- Prep other ingredients. While the cheese is frying, prep the other ingredients. Combine the sweet chili sauce and mayonnaise in a small bowl. You'll also want to slice the tomatoes (aim for about 3 slices per wrap) and chop the herbs. If your lettuce leaves are especially large, break them into smaller pieces so they'll fit in the tortilla.
- Assemble the wraps. Once the halloumi has cooked, warm a tortilla in your microwave, then spread the sauce over the center. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, two slices of cheese, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Fold up like a burrito (see step-by-step photos below). Repeat process with remaining ingredients, then serve.
And that's all there is to it ... your delicious Halloumi Cheese Wraps are ready to eat! This easy recipe makes an excellent lunch or quick dinner. Try serving it with roasted potato wedges or sweet potato fries.
Once you master this basic Halloumi Wrap recipe, try changing it up. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
- Grill - Feel free to grill the cheese instead of frying it, either on a cast iron grill pan or outside grill.
- Cheese - It's difficult to recommend an exact substitute for halloumi, since the flavor and texture is so unique. If you can't find it though, try using another firm, salty cheese, like kefalotyri, grilling cheese, or juusto (juustoleipa) cheese instead. Fried Feta would be different, but delish!
- Tortilla - I used tortillas to make these wraps, but thin flatbreads like lavash would work, too. You could even stuff the ingredients in a pita.
- Herbs - Vary the fresh herbs depending on what you have on hand. Cilantro and basil would both work great!
- Sauce - The sweet chilli sauce pairs perfectly with the salty halloumi in this recipe, but you could replace it with another sauce or spread, like hummus, if you'd prefer. Avoid anything that's too salty.
- Veggies - I kept things pretty simple for this wrap, but you could easily include other fresh, grilled, or roasted vegetables. Zucchini, peppers, and portobello mushrooms would all taste great.
Looking for more halloumi recipes? Try one of these ideas next:
- Halloumi Fries
- Halloumi Burgers
- Halloumi Sandwiches with Pesto
- Honey Halloumi
- Grilled Halloumi Salad
- Halloumi Pasta
- Halloumi Fajitas
- Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
- While pan heats, blot halloumi slices dry with a paper towel. Then, brush one side with olive oil.
- Add halloumi to hot pan (oil-side down), then brush other side with oil. Cook until golden brown, then flip and cook until browned on other side. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, mix together sweet chili sauce and mayonnaise.
- Working with one tortilla at a time, warm tortilla in microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds, or in a hot frying pan.
- Spread center of tortilla with 2 tablespoons chili sauce mixture, then top with lettuce and tomatoes. Add halloumi, then sprinkle with herbs. Fold tortilla around ingredients. Repeat process with remaining ingredients to make four wraps.
- Serve wraps immediately. Enjoy!