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Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese

With fresh mozzarella, sweet strawberries, creamy avocado, basil, and balsamic vinegar, this Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese is perfect for summer!

Strawberry Avocado Grilled CheeseStrawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese

I used to hate grilled cheese. I know…sue me, judge me, say what you must. But growing up, grilled cheese always meant two pieces of white bread sandwiching a thick slab of Velveeta, melted into a weird, pseudo-cheese thing.

And it wasn’t until I grew up and moved off to college that I 1) learned to cook for myself and 2) learned that grilled cheese is pretty okay after all. Maybe it’s a rite of passage into adulthood, but one does not simply go to college and not live off grilled cheese sandwiches for at least a month.

In this time of grilled cheese exploration, I discovered the fascinating world of non-boring grilled cheeses.

Anything could make a grilled cheese sandwich! Whatever I (or my roommates) happened to have in the refrigerator. Pesto/spinach/mozzarella, blueberry/balsamic, leftover mac n’ cheese…everything was game, I tell you. Well thank the heavens I discovered that grilled cheese is not, in fact, the worst food known to man, because that discovery eventually led me to this Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese.

Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese sandwich had a lot of tasty components. Let’s talk about ‘em.

Fresh Mozzarella: Today we’re using a fresh ball of mozzarella! We’ll cut it into thick slabs for beautiful melted cheesy perfection. But here’s the thing, you’ll want to strain it first, and I learned this the hard way. The first time I made this grilled cheese, I threw a few slabs of mozzarella on, squashed it in our panini press, and assumed I’d get a nice, perfect grilled cheese…wrong. Fresh mozzarella, while being the epitome of yum, is very very moist. And that moist will make it’s way out of the cheese and into your bread if you don’t prepare it correctly, making for a sad, soggy sandwich. But there’s a simple fix! Cut your mozzarella into slabs and set them on a few layers of paper towels, then dab the mozzarella with more paper towels to get out the excess moisture. Let them sit for about 20 minutes to really get them dry, then prepare your grilled cheese as usual. The results are night and day!

Avocados: Hop on the shaved avocado train or slice them really thin. These are going to add some major eye-candy + creaminess to this sandwich.

Strawberries: You may be wondering if fruit on a savory grilled cheese could actually taste good. The answer: yes. These give a refreshing sweetness that we’ll balance out with balsamic vinegar and some seasoning.

Balsamic Vinegar: Like I said, we need to balance out those sweet strawberries! The balsamic brings in a deep, tart flavor that ties everything together perfectly.

Basil: Because basil is summer perfection, and because my thumb has finally turned green in the form of an overgrown herb garden, it screams to be included in this grilled cheese!

Because I live in the Netherlands where people adore mayonnaise, the tulip-man requested a dipping sauce for this grilled cheese. If you too have a mayonnaise/dipping sauce-lover at your table, you can whip up a quick dip by combining 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.

Strawberry Avocado Grilled CheeseStrawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese

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Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese

This Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese is sweet, savory, and perfect for a quick summer meal!
Course Main Dishes, Sandwiches and Wraps
Diet Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Game Day, Valentine's Day
Time 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 563 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL
  • ½ avocado thinly sliced
  • 3 strawberries thinly sliced
  • 8 1/4-inch slices fresh mozzarella cheese about 200 g
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 15 mL
  • A few basil leaves
  • Pinch each of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Let's get the extra moisture out of your mozzarella first. Cut the mozzarella into slices and place them on a few layers of paper towels. Dab each slice to remove excess moisture, and allow them to sit for about 20 minutes before you make your sandwich.
  2. Brush olive oil onto one side of each piece of bread.
  3. Onto two of your slices of bread, layer on mozzarella cheese, strawberries, and avocados, being sure to keep the olive oil-coated side facing outward.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic, add a few basil leaves, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  5. Top with the other slice of bread and cook on a skillet or in a panini press over medium/high heat for about 5 minutes, until brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.

Notes

For a quick dipping sauce, combine 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar with 1 Tbsp mayonnaise. Cut your grilled cheese in half and dip away!

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 563 Calories from Fat 381
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.3g 65%
Sodium 881mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 18.4g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 17%
Protein 31g 62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This post contains affiliate links, which means if you buy something from that link I may earn a commission, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting Live Eat Learn and for making these recipes possible! Healthy Foods Online sent me a few of their products to try out, including the balsamic vinegar used in this recipe. It’s some of the highest quality balsamic I’ve come across, and it’s delivered straight to your door. What’s not to love? 

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Comments (22)

  1. Tiffany says:

    Mmm this looks really great! I love all of these things! I bet it’s delicious!

  2. Molly says:

    I loooove grilled cheese with avocado, but I’ve never thought about adding strawberries! Such a good idea. Need to try it soon!

  3. I love grilled cheese and I love strawberries. This looks like it would be the perfect snack for me! A little sweet and a little savoury! Perfect!

  4. Bella B says:

    Oh my gosh my mouth is watering this looks so die for!! I love anything with avocado in it!

    http://xoxobella.com

  5. I will have to give this one a try. It looks and sounds really good. I am a little nervous about the strawberry, but I will for sure have to give it a shot!

    1. Sarah says:

      Don’t be! Strawberry has a lot of the same flavors as tomatoes, so it goes really well with mozzarella and balsamic. You should definitely give it a go! 🙂

  6. Shannon says:

    That looks so amazing! My kids both love grilled cheese so I would like to try this version for them too.

  7. Ciera Chang says:

    I can’t believe you went through a time where you did not love grilled cheese!! Thankfully you changed your mind…. I could live off of grilled cheese for the rest of my life tbh! This recipe looks absolutely delicious, I’ve never added strawberries to mine but it sounds like it would taste perfect with avocado!

    xoxo, CiCi
    http://www.worldwidestylista.com

    1. Sarah says:

      We’ll just refer to those times as “The Dark Ages” 😉 Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting, CiCi!

  8. Kristen says:

    I LOVE this on the grilled cheese!! Looks amazing, and I love anything and everything with avocado!

  9. Linda Spiker says:

    Ugh. Velveeta. No wonder you didn’t like grilled cheese! You’ve come a long way. This sounds delicious!

    1. Sarah says:

      Ha, right? I think Velveeta would be against the law here in Holland, where they REALLY care about cheese.

  10. Leah says:

    Well, this just sounds ah.ma.zing! I would be all over this! Yum!

  11. Lauren says:

    This looks delish! What a great twist on a classic!

  12. Joanan says:

    Pinning this for later! I love avocado and grilled cheese, but I have never tried it with strawberry. Yum:)

  13. Rachel says:

    Wow, what an interesting combo. Looks good!

  14. Katherine says:

    I love this unexpected combo of avo + strawberry! This is something I’ll definitely have to try.

  15. DANI CC says:

    This looks divine! It’s so gourmet and well now we’re going to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Shannon says:

    Oh my this looks like heaven! What a great take on a classic. Definitely need to try this!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

  17. Jaime says:

    Holy moly this looks amazing!!! I would have never thought to add these ingredients together. Trying it this weekend!!!

  18. Suzanne says:

    This is such an interesting flavor combination – it sounds delicious!! Avocado can do no wrong ?

  19. Miss Caipi says:

    Yum! This looks amazing!

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