Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich



Serving size

1 sandwich
30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied but does not make very good leftovers.

Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich


1 ounce Reduced fat cheddar cheese (grated)
10 cherry Grape or cherry tomatoes (sliced in half lengthwise)
2 slice Whole wheat bread (or gluten-free bread)
1 tsp. Olive oil (divided)


Place half of the grated cheese on top of one slice of the bread.

Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the layer of cheese. Distribute evenly across the top of the cheese.

Add the remaining cheese to the top of the sandwich and distribute evenly.

Top with the bread and pat down until the sandwich is firm.

Place a griddle over high heat.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil to the hot griddle and spread with a spatula.

Place the sandwich on the griddle. Adjust the heat so that the sandwich browns but does not burn.

After about 6 minutes, add the other 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to the griddle.

Turn the sandwich over and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.

Serve immediately.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free bread for this sandwich.


This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

I like using olive oil for my grilled cheese sandwiches. It makes the sandwiches easier to cook. Butter browns and burns at a much lower heat than olive oil, so the oil is more forgiving. Don’t use your best extra virgin oil as it will burn.

There are a lot of great variations on this cheese sandwich, and you can use lots of different flavors, like pimento cheese, curry, or chili powder, to complement the umami of the cheese.

"Something wonderful happens when you melt cheese between two pieces of buttered bread. The sight and the smell universally evoke smiles; it’s magical. Everyone can relate to it, everyone can feel it, everyone can love it."

Heidi Gibson, Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between