Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese

Easy vegan grilled cheese recipe with fresh tomato and basil

My favorite type of grilled cheese is made with fresh tomato and basil, a sprinkle of oregano, and served with some kind of tomato-y condiment. Vegan grilled cheese is only as good as the type of cheese you use, and fresh herbs and veggies only make it better.

Easy vegan grilled cheese recipe with fresh tomato and basil


Vegan MoFo 2017 on Seitan Beats Your Meat

Today’s Vegan MoFo theme is “5 ingredients or fewer”, not including cooking oils or salt and pepper. This grilled cheese recipe fits the bill, and with the tomato and basil, it may be starting to enter panini territory.

The oregano may or may not count as a 6th ingredient, but I couldn’t imagine a grilled cheese without a sprinkle of oregano. That’s how I always ate it as a child: cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of oregano.

Easy vegan grilled cheese recipe with fresh tomato and basil

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Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese
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Simple vegan grilled cheese with fresh tomato and basil.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free
Serves: 1
  • Olive oil or vegan butter for cooking
  • 2 slices crusty bread
  • 2-3 slices or 1/3 cup of your favorite vegan cheese
  • 2-3 tomato slices
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons bruschetta or tapenade
  • Salt, pepper, and oregano, if desired
  1. Heat a cast iron or panini pan to medium heat.
  2. Spread or brush olive oil or vegan butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Place one slice of bread in the center of the pan and add the cheese.
  4. Depending on the type of cheese, place the top of a pot over the pan to encourage the cheese to melt.
  5. Add the tomato slices and basil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano if you'd like.
  6. Spread the bruschetta or tapenade on the inside of the other slice of bread, then place on top of the sandwich and press down.
  7. Flip the sandwich and cook until the cheese melts and the bread is golden on both sides, using the pot lid if necessary to help the cheese melt.

Serve your grilled cheese with more bruschetta or tapenade, and perhaps a side of soup!

What are your favorite grilled cheese fillings?

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Easy vegan grilled cheese recipe with fresh tomato and basil

2 Replies to “Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese”

  1. This sounds like a perfect blend of fresh and cheesy.
    I like tomato in my grilled cheese, or sometimes will do the classic ham and cheese and tomato. Tofurky makes my favourite ham.

    1. Ham in grilled cheese sounds great! I’ve made seitan ham before, but will have to try the Tofurky kind sometime.

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