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Four slices of bread on a cutting board. The main slice in focus in the middle, layered with sliced heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil. The slice on the bottom left layered with shredded cheese.

Heirloom Tomato Grilled Cheese with Fresh Basil

  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Delicious tomato grilled cheese, perfect for the summer months.


  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • 1 tbsp butter (vegan or regular)
  • 1 cup shredded sheep or goat mozzarella (or regular)
  • 1-2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced 
  • handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Start by spread the butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Place it on a plate buttered side down. Divide the cheese between two slices (leave a little for later).
  3. Add 2-3 tomato slices and the fresh basil on top of the cheese, and season with black pepper.
  4. Top with the remaining shredded cheese and top each slice with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  6. When hot, add one sandwich and cook for 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side or until golden brown.
  7. Repeat with the other sandwich and serve immediately.


If you don't plan to eat the sandwiches right away, I recommend assembling them completely and cooking right before eating.

The nutritional information is just an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information is not guaranteed. 

Keywords: tomato, summer, grilled cheese