Halloumi cheese, like other cheeses, belongs to the milk group in the MyPyramid nutritional chart. Halloumi cheese originated in Cyprus, and has been traditionally prepared with cow, goat or sheep milk. This cheese is very versatile and has the unusual feature of not melting when heated. For this reason, it can be grilled or fried, in addition to being eaten fresh with fruits or vegetables, or grated on pasta.
A hundred grams of halloumi cheese provides around 320 calories. A typical serving of 1 oz., or 30 g, contains 94 calories. Reduced fat or light halloumi cheese can help you save on the calories; these varieties have 68 calories per ounce.
Regular halloumi cheese has 7.5 g of total fat per 1 oz. serving. This corresponds to 12 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet, including 4.5 g of saturated fat or 23 percent of the daily value. Halloumi cheese usually has about 25 percent milk fat. The reduced fat version has 40 percent less fat and contains 15 percent milk fat. An ounce of light halloumi cheese provides 4.5 g of total fat, which is seven percent of the daily value.
Cheese is generally a good source of protein, and halloumi cheese is no exception. There are 6.4 g of protein in 1 oz. of regular halloumi cheese and slightly more, 8.1 g, in reduced fat halloumi cheese.
Cheese usually is a good source of sodium. An ounce of halloumi cheese has 330 mg of sodium, which represents about 14 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Like most dairy products, halloumi cheese is a great source of calcium. A 1 oz. serving provides 280 mg or 28 percent of the daily value for this essential mineral.
Halloumi cheese can be made with cow, sheep or goat milk. Other typical ingredients used are salt, mint and rennet.