Vegetarian Apple Cheddar Panini Sandwich

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

Looking for an unusual grilled cheese recipe or trying to use up a bumper crop of apples (lucky you, if so!). Try this simple grilled cheese with apples.

Call it a gourmet grilled cheese with apples or a simple apple and cheddar panini (technically, it's a panino, not a panini!), this sandwich is just plain tasty. It's a simple recipe with just apples, cheese, and honey mustard, but I think you'll find that both kids and adults love this gourmet grilled cheese panini.

With less than 300 calories, this sandwich also just barely qualifies as a low-calorie lunch idea, but be sure to watch the amount of cheese you use to keep it low-cal and low-fat. And, as long as you use whole grain bread, this is also a high-protein sandwich, with 18 grams of protein. Perfect for vegetarians (and vegetarian kids!). 

Vegetarian apple cheddar panini recipe courtesy US Apple Association


  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 1/2 cup low-fat honey mustard
  • 2 apples, sliced thin
  • 8 oz. low-fat Cheddar cheese, sliced thin

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat panini press on medium heat. If you don't have a panini press, you can use a non-stick skillet or a George Foreman grill.

  2. Lightly spread honey mustard evenly over each slice of bread. Layer apple slices and cheese over 4 slices of bread, using about 1/2 apple and 2 ounces of cheese for each sandwich. Top each with remaining bread slices.

  3. Lightly coat panini press with cooking spray. Grill each sandwich for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and bread has toasted.

  4. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 280
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 2.5g
Calories from fat: 190
Protein: 18g
Carbohydrates: 43g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Dietary Fiber: 12g
Sodium: 570mg