Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

January 12, 2012

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A healthier grilled cheese, say what!? Can those three words even go together? This sandwich is amazing! Anyone who is a fan of grilled cheese (or not) I suggest you convert to this method. You won’t regret it. In my opinion this tastes even better than the original version that’s slathered in butter.

You get more flavor and you feel better about eating it.  This is obviously just a recipe for your basic grilled cheese but there are so many variations you can add to this recipe.  You could add in tomatoes or spinach, or your favorite herbs and seasonings or you can just keep it basic like this.

Try this recipe out today and it’s likely you will become converted to this method, like I have, for life.  Your heart will thank you later =).  Also, keep in mind you can use your favorite cheese but for a lower calorie, less fat cheese Mozzarella may be your better option.

3 from 1 vote

Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese made healthier with whole wheat bread instead of white bread and olive oil instead of butter. 
Servings: 1
Prep5 minutes
Cook4 minutes
Ready in: 9 minutes


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (preferably fresh)
  • Sliced Monterrey Jack , Muenster, Cheddar, or Mozzarella Cheese (enough to cover bread)
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • Preheat a small nonstick fry pan over medium low heat. Place cheese slices (enough to cover bread) between 2 slices of wheat bread. Once fry pan is warm drizzle with 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, slightly tilt pan back and forth to evenly spread oil. Place sandwich in oil, cover with a lid and cook until bottom is golden, about 2 minutes. Then lift sandwich with a spatula an add remaining 1 tsp olive oil to fry pan. Flip sandwich and cook opposite side until golden. Serve immediately.


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  • LaNeshe

    Grilled cheese with olive oil! Why have I not thought of this before?! lol Thanks for sharing!

  • Jaclyn

    Mumra – that sound delicious! I keep telling my sister I need one because she’s always using hers and making amazing dinners. Thanks for the comment! I’m going to have to try it when I get my own George Foreman.

  • Mumra

    If you have a George Foreman Grill you can do this by lightly brushing both sides of the grill with olive oil and toast sandwich for a couple of minutes. Adding tomatoes and a little fresh basil with mozza or apple slices and some tuna with cheddar. Give the grill a little press and it seals the sandwich. buon appetito

  • Carin

    I just made a buffalo chicken grilled cheese and thought I’d incorporate using olive oil instead of butter. OMG it was SOOOO good! The bread crisped up wonderfully and I got a perfect crust; but, what I didn’t expect was the great flavor that the olive oil added. This is the only way I’ll make grilled cheese from now on. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kathy

    Sometimes when I want a sandwich with cheese oozing out of it but don’t want to fire up a pan, I assemble the sandwich but then microwave it for a few seconds, maybe 25-45. Unfortunately, that method doesn’t yield a crunchy exterior!

  • Amalia

    I love grilled cheese like no other, but I haven’t eaten it since I was in middle school. This is really making me crave some, especially since I’m a health-nut :) Great recipe, and I love that picture, it doesn’t get any better than that!

  • Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Yes, please! Why didn’t I think of that?! Thanks for sharing!