Recipe | Grilled Halloumi & Tomato Sandwich

What an absolutely wonderful long weekend we have just had. We spent the weekend up in Penticton, BC – my parents have just relocated and had asked us to stock their wine cellar. I couldn’t complain, and can’t wait to get back up there over the holidays. 🙂

This post is predominantly about my fascination with Halloumi cheese, so we’ll get to some Okanagan wine suggestions another time.


If you haven’t had Halloumi before, it is an unripened, brined, semi-hard cheese typically made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. It has a squeaky cheese curd type of texture, but definitely saltier than it’s French-Canadian equivalent. I love it grilled. And with that came my interest in trying out a “grilled cheese” sort of sandwich. 🙂


Grilled Halloumi & Tomato Sandwich


  • 1 pkg Halloumi, sliced 1/2-in thick, grilled
  • 2 – 3 vine-ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4-in thick
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • Saffron aioli
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Sourdough bread
  • Olive oil


Heat the BBQ or grill pan. Brush Halloumi lightly with olive oil. Grill on both sides for a minute and a half, on each side to pick up some golden brown grill marks. Brush the sourdough slices with olive oil, and do the same as the cheese until golden brown. Rub the slices of bread lightly with the garlic, cut-side-down. 

Smear each slice of bread with saffron aioli – plain mayonnaise or Dijon will work in a pinch. Arrange the sandwich with a few slices of tomato, and Halloumi. Top with a good cracking of black pepper. Top with another slice of sourdough, slice in half, and gob. 🙂 



There is something so simple about this sandwich that it makes the flavour that much more pleasing. This is definitely a go-to in our house on a Sunday afternoon. I hope you enjoy as much as I do! 




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