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Is Halloumi Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Is the squeaky and salty barbeque favourite, halloumi, suitable for vegans?

What is halloumi?

Halloumi is a semi-hard and unripened cheese that originates from Cyprus that’s historically eaten during the Medieval Byzantine period, then spreading through the Middle East with it’s growing popularity. 

Is halloumi vegan?

It has a dairy-base usually made from unpasteurised goat or sheep’s milk (sometimes cow’s) meaning that it is not vegan-friendly and won’t be consumed by anyone following a strictly plant-based diet.  

Cypriots would have traditionally eaten the grilled cheese with a slice of watermelon during the summer months!

halloumi on grill

Photo credits: Oliver's Markets

Vegan halloumi

Although your average supermarket brand halloumi won’t be suitable for vegans, there are some great plant-powered options: this VioLife Medditerenian Style Block and this Vegrill from Green Vie are entirely vegan-friendly and delicious on a barbeque, in a sandwich or tossed through a salad. Have a look at our vegan shopping basket, cheese edition for more inspiration.

vegan halloumi

Photo credits: VioLife

If you have any other burning plant-based questions, why not ask them in the comments section below?


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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