Grilled Halloumi Bruschetta

Bruschetta is the ultimate summer nosh — fresh tomatoes, on top of typically toast — is a flavorful delight. So while planning this weekend’s keto 4th of July BBQ, I really wanted to serve bruschetta as an appetizer that everyone – including the keto folk – could enjoy. So, of course, I turned to halloumi as my toast substitute. If you aren’t familiar with halloumi, you are in for a treat! A salty, sturdy, sheeps milk-based cheese, halloumi has a neutral brine-y taste that also seriously stands up to heat and grilling like no other cheese. I have been serving grilled halloumi for years as an appetizer after being inspired by Nigella Lawson’s halloumi with chilies recipe and it’s become even more of a staple in my kitchen since going keto. I also recently discovered Yanni – which is very similar to Halloumi but made from cow’s milk and has significantly less salt.

Fresh tomatoes also pair perfectly with halloumi – the acid and gently texture balances the salty and firmness of halloumi – they are a pair made in keto heaven! Try this keto bruschetta and let me know what you think!

UPDATE: I am officially obsessed with the Yanni grilling cheese. I used it for my family BBQ and it was INCREDIBLE.

Grilled Halloumi Bruschetta

This keto-friendly way to enjoy a bright, fresh summer bruschetta will become on of your favorite summertime appetizers.
5 from 2 votes
Course Appetizer, bbq, Side Dish
Servings 10
Calories 202 kcal


For the Bruschetta

  • 4 tbsp high quality olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 4 tbsp basil sliced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or less, based on taste

For the Grilled Halloumi

  • 16 oz Halloumi or Yanni grilling cheese sliced into 1/4" pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic halved


Prepare Bruschetta

  • Place a skillet over medium-low.
  • Add the olive oil and heat.
  • Add the sliced garlic and cook until just browned. Remove from heat all allow to cool completely.
  • Toss the tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, pink salt and crushed red pepper flakes together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the cooled garlic oil and toss.
  • Let this mixture sit for about 30 minutes.

Grill the Halloumi

  • Place the same skillet you used for the garlic oil over medium heat. You don't need to spray it - any remaining oil from the garlic oil will do.
  • Once hot, add the slices of halloumi and cook for about 3 - 4 minutes on each side until browned.
  • Remove halloumi from skillet and arrange on a plate. Rub one side with halved garlic cloves and discard the garlic.

Assemble Your Bruschetta

  • Spoon the tomato mixture on top of the grilled halloumi and garnish with some additional fresh basil, if desired.


@lowcarblolita Bruschetta on Halloumi 🍅🧀 With fresh, sweet tomatoes on salty halloumi cheese, is one of my go-to low carb snacks or appetizers. #easyrecipe #bruschetta #bruschettarecipe #halloumirecipe #lowcarbrecipes #breadalternative #healthyrecipes ♬ original sound - Lolita


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 10gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 781mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 460mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bbq, halloumi
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Lolita Carrico
Lolita Carrico
Exploring the art of graceful aging, I share my journey and tips on wellness, beauty, and nutrition for women embracing their vibrant 40s and beyond.

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