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February 25, 2013 · filed under food

crowdsourcing: grilled cheese and side salad

How about a slight diversion from All Twins All The Time? A few weeks ago I posed this question on Twitter, and I wanted to compile the answers here for us all to read and drool over.

grilled cheese tweet

Rhiannon ‏@RhiRhi Apple butter, sharp cheddar, bacon.

RA ‏@DefinitelyRA Granny smith apple and brie, followed closely by sun-dried tomato and goat cheese

Jennifer ‏@jayesel I’m mostly a purist. But I like adding a bit of ham & maybe a few onion slices? Or mozzarella w/basil etc is yummy

RA ‏@DefinitelyRA Pepper jelly would be good! You could also roast some garlic and shmear that in there.

Annie Z ‏@Annikins822 Pesto, tomato and mozzarella. Grilled cheese taken up a notch

Mrs. Violet ‏@ShyLittleViolet Old Amsterdam (aged cheddar), Gouda & a little Iberico, grilled onion & tomato on sourdough.

KGirl ‏@NorthofSeven Sharp cheddar on walnut fig bread. Simple. And delicious!

diane ‏@gingermaxim thin slices of avocado with havarti. Yummmm

atomickandi ‏@atomickandi mozzarella, tomato, basil (but only during tomato season)

Janet ‏@confettilife jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwiches = oven roasted jalapeños + cream cheese + cheddar on sourdough.

Then tonight I asked about something slightly healthier. I LOVED these answers!

salad tweet

Janet ‏@loveisblonde Ours is spinach or mixed greens, goat cheese, apples, and champagne vinaigrette

JCM ‏@thenortherner romaine, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, sometimes chick peas

Erin ‏@PolkaDotsPearls Spinach with craisins and shredded Parmesan, with olive oil and lemon juice dressing. I also toss sliced almonds on mine.

Mel L ‏@melissalistens Caprese is a favorite. Mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil vinaigrette over arugula and spinach. EASY. TASTY.

NinjaMom108 ‏@Jeannette108 Greens from the garden, cheese, fruit, matchstick carrots, raw sunflower seeds, dressing.

diane ‏@gingermaxim Spinach Salad with Mandarin oranges and olive oil

Jennifer Woodward ‏@fromtheblock68 Lately it’s mixed baby greens, roasted beets, diced green apple, candied pecans, goat cheese. Had it tonight! It’s super easy. Roast a bunch beets, make nuts in batches, buy greens. All I do is chop the apple and assemble for a week!

HotpotatoKate ‏@hotpotatokate we are waaay more boring. Spinach, tomato, capsicum, cucumber, balsamic (Note: I had to google but capsicum is red bell pepper I think?)

I may have missed a couple of tweets. What’s the best grilled cheese you ever had, or your go-to side salad? Please do share!


  1. Melissa L
    February 26, 2013 11:43 am

    I’m sort of a grilled cheese purist too, but I love Swiss, American and Provolone 3-cheese grilled cheese. My hubby smears some mayo on it before the cheese cools. I dip mine in mustard or honey french dressing.

    Might be weird, but very tasty!

  2. heidikins
    February 26, 2013 12:22 pm

    I don’t know if this is the most frou-frou grilled cheese, but it’s what we ate all the time growing up and it’s my comfort food (with creamy tomato soup). We’d have cheddar (Tillamook) and tuna with a few slices of tomato and dill pickle. When I’m having a rotten day I still crave this. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I discovered a “tuna melt” was an actual thing outside of my home.

    (Also, I have many memories of my Mom making us grilled cheese (with tuna!) and tomato soup and having a picnic underneath the dining room table. Not sure why that location was selected, but we loved it. It was a very sad day when we replaced the dining room table and the new one had a huge bar in the middle (instead of 4 free-standing legs) and under-the-table picnics were out forever.)


  3. Erin
    February 26, 2013 12:23 pm

    So simple, but my favorite grilled cheese is with sharp cheddar, tomato, and bacon with salt on the bread/butter… SO good!

  4. Mel
    February 26, 2013 2:39 pm

    I missed the grilled cheese one! One of our current faves: candied bacon, jalapeno and extra sharp cheddar. TO DIE FOR.

  5. Nic
    February 26, 2013 6:22 pm

    The best grilled cheese I have ever had was at Five Restaurant in Berkeley, CA. It was Pimento cheese and cheddar. It’s been several years and the friend/colleague I shared that lunch with and I still reminisce over it. Amazing.

    Homemade, I had read about Thomas Keller’s from Bouchon and decided to recreate it: gruyere and fontina on brioche. You’re welcome.

    My regular homemade side salad is simple mixed greens with a quick vinaigrette. I’ve found the key to making it taste restaurant good is to use room temp lettuce, not cold. I loooove throwing pickled red onions on top if I have them around.

  6. K.C.
    February 27, 2013 10:33 am

    Swiss, avocado, and tomato. Delish.

    Weeknight salad — romaine (or mixed greens) with sliced pear, bleu/gorgonzola cheese, craisins, and Ken’s Italian dressing. Sometimes I’ll mix it up and do pear, avocado, craisins, shaved parmesean, and toasted sliced almonds with champagne vinaigrette. (The latter is a knock-off of Founding Farmers’ harvest salad.)

  7. katelin
    February 27, 2013 5:31 pm

    mmm so many good suggestions here, i basically say add apple to either and it’s delicious!

  8. Anna
    February 27, 2013 7:52 pm

    One time my brother was over and we were watching the grilled cheese Throwdown with Bobby Flay. So my brother and my husband ran to the grocery store and had a certain amount of money they were allowed to spend and a certain amount of time to buy stuff and then could use our pantry and they made grilled cheese and I judged. Best. Day. Ever.

  9. heidi
    February 28, 2013 1:44 pm

    I used to have one at Finn MacCool’s on the hill (back when it still existed) that was grilled cheese with guacamole and tomato.

    Best. Grilled cheese. Ever.