I'll be honest here: growing up, there were very few foods I actually despised. Some of those were beets, shellfish, oranges (yes, the fruit!), and grilled cheese sandwiches. I just hated them!
I think one of the reasons I absolutely hated grilled cheese sandwiches is because they were always made with white bread and slimy cheddar cheese squares. I just didn't sit well with me.
Now, that's probably not the best introduction to an entire blog post about a grilled cheese recipe, but with that preface, let me tell you how much I LOVE today's Caprese Grilled Cheese Melt!
This is nothing like your traditional grilled cheese. This Caprese Grilled Cheese is made with fresh produce, crusty bread, and packs over 50g of protein per sandwich. Incredible!
It's easy to make: just a few simple (but elevated) ingredients that come together in just a few minutes. Even my husband could make it! You don't even need a panini press, just a skillet! You can also use this kitchen hack to cut down the cook time even more!
It's diet-friendly: this caprese grilled cheese is easily gluten-free and dairy-free! Just use your favorite gluten-free sourdough bread or your favorite non-dairy mozzarella substitute.
It's macro-friendly: this means the ratio between carbs, proteins, and fats is balanced and you're getting some of everything! In fact, ONE caprese grilled cheese has over 50g of protein. It's not just empty carbs with melted cheese!
It's full of flavor: I'm much better than white bread and cheddar cheese squares. This grilled cheese recipe is the perfect mix of sweet and savory, and let me tell you, the sourdough bread really brings all the delicious flavors together.
It's ready in 30 minutes: even with some extra ingredients, everything comes together really easy for a simple lunch or a quick side dish to your favorite soup. Just make sure to prep the pesto and chicken beforehand!
It's meal-prep friendly: since no one buys 2 slices of bread, 4 oz. of shredded chicken, or makes just 2 tablespoons of pesto, I wanted this caprese grilled cheese recipe to be easily doubled, tripled, etc.
It's super meal prep friendly because you can make one recipe of homemade pesto, a giant bag of balsamic shredded chicken, and finish an entire loaf of sourdough bread if you want to.
Just have all the ingredients prepped so the assembly takes 5 minutes each time you want a sandwich!
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OMG I can't wait for you to bite into this Savory Caprese Grilled Cheese Melt! Like I said, I grew up hating grilled cheese sandwiches but this grilled cheese recipe is out-of-this-world delicious. Tyler and I enjoyed this recipe for lunch for three or four days after I tested it!
Be sure to leave a star rating and review below if you try this recipe so other readers know how you liked it! I also love seeing what you love about my recipes so I know what content to make in the future. Happy eating!
Every tomato soup needs grilled cheese, so make these Chicken Caprese Grilled Cheese Melts! All you need is shredded chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese with sourdough bread and homemade pesto. Each sandwich has over 50g of protein!
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one grilled cheese using this pesto recipe.
Serving: 1 sandwich / Calories: 604 / Fat: 18.9g / Saturated Fat: 8.3g / Carbohydrates: 62g / Fiber: 3g / Sugar: 0.5g / Protein: 51.5g
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