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Kryssos Grilled Halloumi and Asian Pear Salad

Kryssos Grilled Halloumi and Asian Pear Salad

Helmut F.J. Holzer CMC, GMC
Created by Global Master Chef Helmut F.J. Holzer CMC, this recipe is quick and simple to prepare. The sweetness of the pears matches the saltiness of the Halloumi for a perfect pairing on top of a summer salad. This salad is a crowd-pleaser and easy to prepare while entertaining.


  • 1 ½ 8.8-ounce packages Kryssos Halloumi
  • 2 Asian pears
  • ½ cup Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup quartered peppadew peppers
  • ¼ cup Bella Maria Caramelized Walnuts


  • Heat a grill to medium. Slice the cheese into ¼-inch thick rectangles. Slice the pears into wedges. Drizzle cheese and pear wedges with olive oil and grill.
  • Whisk the Dijon mustard and the spices with the olive oil. Add the balsamic and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Toss the spinach with the dressing. Add the peppadew peppers and toss again. Top with the grilled halloumi, pears, and Bella Maria Caramelized Walnuts.
  • Serve while cheese is warm.


Adapted from The Kryssos Co.

Chef Helmut Holzer

Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef Helmut Holzer joined the GFI team in January 2007, bringing the Culinary Masters product line with him. A native of Austria, Helmut holds the title of Kuchen Meister (European Master Chef) and Kontidor Meister (European Master Pastry Chef). He is one of 65 Certified Master Chefs in the United States. In November of 2008, the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) bestowed the honor of Global Master Chef (WGMC) upon Helmut making him one of only 11 chefs in the U.S. with that credential. Helmut has dedicated the last 40 years to the culinary profession and has won a host of awards and commendations along the way. They include prestigious Culinary Olympics awards and numerous World Cup titles in culinary artistry, ice sculpting, and outstanding pastry presentations.

Kryssos Mediterranean

The Kryssos Mediterranean collection features delicious and nourishing recipe and snacking opportunities that evoke the essence of the Mediterranean region. Rich in culture and food history, The Kryssos Mediterranean collection has contributed something special to the colorful, vibrant tapestry that is Mediterranean cuisine. Key components of this flavor-rich Mediterranean line include heart-healthy olives and feta and protein-rich hummus.