Grilled Cheese Panzanella

You know when you love two food items and putting them together is such a great idea?  Well this is a great idea.  I promise.  Image

Grilled Cheese Panzanella 

Adapted from Panini Happy

Serves 4


4 slices sourdough or other rustic bread

2 ounces monterey jack cheese


4 medium tomatoes, bite size chunks

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup torn fresh basil


3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tsps chopped shallots

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper 


For the vinaigrette:  Whisk all ingredients and set aside. 

Heat a saute pan with butter.  Evenly spread cheese over 2 slices of bread and top with the other slice.  Heat on the pan and flip over when cheese is melting and one side is brown.  Repeat.  (I really don’t think I need to tell you how to make a grilled cheese…)

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, and basil.  When grilled cheese is complete, cut into 1 in squares and mix with other salad ingredients.  Pour most of the vinaigrette over the entire salad and mix thoroughly.  You probably won’t need all of the dressing, but feel free to use it if you’d like.  Let salad sit and soak for 20 minutes. 





With love, 



One thought on “Grilled Cheese Panzanella

  1. snati001 says:

    I love this idea. Sounds like fun to try different grilled cheese for the recipe.

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