This Grilled Paneer Salad is the perfect way to satisfy your Indian craving in warmer weather. Paneer cheese, sweet peppers, and onions are coated with a cilantro-mint chutney and grilled to perfection. This easy recipe is low carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
Our local Indian take-out joint used to have a paneer salad just like this. It was one of my go-to orders when my hubby and I got take out for a home date night. The paneer turns it from a salad into an entree.
This grilled paneer salad and a chicken kati roll and my meal was complete. I still haven't figured out a way to make those low carb and keto friendly but someday I will. They are Indian street food at it's finest.
How to Make Grilled Paneer Salad
It is very simple to grill paneer. You can just drizzle some oil on and toss it on the grill. To kick it up I like to marinade my paneer with a cilantro-mint chutney or cilantro lime pesto.
After making the chutney just rub it on the veggies and cheese and toss them on the grill.
Expert Tip: The one and the only problem I had when making this grilled paneer recipe is that I lost a few peppers and onions through the grates. Next time I should put the veggies in a grill basket or on a liner.
Which vegetables can I use in Grilled Paneer Salad?
I've made this in the past with grilled peppers and onions as you can see but feel free to switch it up and add in any of your favorites! Zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, and tomatoes are all great choices.
Indian chutney is a flavorful combination of herbs and spices that is tangy, salty and has a touch of heat.
Mild Green Chutney Ingredients:
- cilantro leaves
- fresh mint leaves
- lime juice
- fresh ginger
Indian green chutney traditionally has green chiles but I left those out entirely. Next time I make this I may add a small piece of one and hope I can take the heat.
I am a bit of a wimp with spicy food. When ordering Indian I have to ask for it to be mild or my mouth is on fire with the first bite.
What types of cheese can be grilled?
Besides paneer cheese, you can also grill halloumi. Halloumi is made in Cyprus from a combination of goat's milk and cow's milk. Another type of grilling cheese is Queso Panela which is a Mexican cheese made from cow’s milk. (Source: Grilling Cheeses).
What do I serve with Grilled Paneer?
Green Chutney Ingredients:
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- ½ cup mint leaves
- ½ of a small onion peeled
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ tablespoon fresh ginger
- ½ tablespoon garlic
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- green chile optional
- green chutney recipe above, divided
- 12 oz block of paneer cheese
- 1 small onion peeled and cut into quarters
- 8 mini peppers cut in half, stems and seeds removed
- 1 small head of romaine lettuce washed
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat a grill to medium heat.
- Combine all the chutney ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Coat the cheese and prepared vegetables with half of the chutney.
- Grill the cheese and vegetables for about 5 minutes per side. Remove the cheese when both sides have nice grill lines. Remove the veggies when they are softened.
- To assemble the salad put the lettuce on a large platter. Top with the veggies. Cut the paneer into cubes and add to the salad. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt. Serve with the additional green chutney.
Originally Published May 27, 2017. Revised and Republished May 5, 2020.