Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwich
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches (4 servings)
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A grilled cheese sandwich is an easy lunch for kids and adults, You can make it with vegan cheese if you are eating dairy-free or eliminating animal products.

Making a delicious vegan grilled cheese is dependent on two things—the bread and the vegan cheese. Try a few different brands to find the ones you like best; three of my favorites are Follow Your Heart, Daiya, and Teese. With Daiya, you have a choice of their Daiya shreds or slices. Another choice that emulates American cheese slices is Earth Island American Style Slices.

Your choice of bread is also important for making a great vegan grilled cheese sandwich. You don't have to use sourdough, as in this recipe. A whole grain dairy-free bread will add even more texture. Whatever bread you choose, it should be about 1/2 inch thick in order to not dry out when grilled.

This recipe uses olive oil for pan-frying. If you want a buttery flavor, try using a vegan butter instead.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces vegan cheese (of your choice, shredded or cut into thin slices)
  • 8 slices dairy-free sourdough bread
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (for pan-frying)

How to Make It

  1. Place about 2 ounces of dairy-free cheese, shredded or in strips, on top of four of the bread slices, then top with the remaining four and press the sandwiches together firmly.
  2. Lightly oil a non-stick cooking pan with olive oil, then place it over medium-high heat and add the sandwiches.
  3. Cook each sandwich until the dairy-free cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve warm.

    This basic grilled cheese sandwich pairs well with a salad or a cup of vegan tomato soup, perfect for dipping. It's a satisfying comfort food lunch on a rainy day.

    Variations

    If you want to take your grilled cheese game up a notch, there are many ways to adorn this sandwich. You can use any of these additions, by themselves or in combination:

    • Sliced tomatoes.
    • Vegan pesto or fresh basil leaves
    • Tempeh bacon
    • Fruit jam (fig, berry, apple, rhubarb, orange marmalade)
    • Thinly sliced apple
    • Onion slices or carmelized grilled onions
    • Arugula, spinach, kale, or other greens
    • Garlic Aioli
    • Jalapeno slices
    • Olive tapenade
    • Horseradish sauce (vegan)
    • Cucumber slices
    • Sweet or dill pickles or relish
    • Avocado
    • Salsa
    • Roasted bell peppers (red, green, yellow, or a combination)
    • Pickled peppers
    • Grilled asparagus
    • Canned artichoke hearts (chopped)
    • Broccoli or cauliflower (steamed or roasted, finely chopped)

    This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully. Search for any hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or other allergens, if these apply to you).

    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 265
    Total Fat 19 g
    Saturated Fat 11 g
    Unsaturated Fat 7 g
    Cholesterol 53 mg
    Sodium 388 mg
    Carbohydrates 8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 15 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)