Grilled Cheese Chop Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Can a salad double as comfort food?

If it has warm crispy grilled cheese on top! You’ve got to try this crave-worthy chop salad piled with golden grilled cheese and drizzled with apple vinaigrette!

Grilled Cheese Chop Salad with Apple Vinaigrette Grapes and Fresh Mint | #salad #grilledcheese #vegetarian

Confession. I am not a great gardener.

I want to be. In the past, I’ve tried to be.

Yet every year, most of the things I long to grow lay dormant, while the things I try to pull up flourish… maliciously.

In spite of myself, I usually end up with a handful of peppers, a few squash, and some tomatoes.

Chop Salad with Apple Vinaigrette Grapes and Fresh Mint | #salad #grilledcheese #vegetarian

Oh yes, and let’s not forget the pots of mint that come up year after year, out of sympathy.

Thank you, Mint. At least you understand my pain.

Therefore I will add your vibrant herby zest to countless dishes.

Grilled Cheese Chop Salad w Apple Vinaigrette Grapes and Fresh Mint | #salad #grilledcheese #vegetarianSalad Plates from Villeroy & Boch.

My first mint-of-the-season landed in a cool chunky chop salad this week. I complemented the sweet grapes, cucumbers and mint with a zippy apple cider vinaigrette, made with Musselman’s Apple Cider Vinegar and topped with grilled cheese.

No, not grilled cheese sandwiches, just grilled CHEESE.

Real California Cheese - Yanni Grilling Cheese

This California Cheese made by Karoun is called Yanni Grilling Cheese. Similar to Halloumi, Yanni has a firm texture and lower moisture content so you can actually place it in a skillet (or on a grill) to create a brown crispy exterior.

I actually prefer Yanni Grilling Cheese to Halloumi because it is less salty and has a creamy layered texture.

The combination of the cool mint and cucumbers, sweet grapes, rich crispy cheese, tangy apple vinaigrette and toasted pine nuts makes this chop salad one heck of a vegetarian meal.

Grilled Cheese Salad with Apple Vinaigrette Grapes and Fresh Mint | #salad #grilledcheese #vegetarian

It’s so fresh and inspiring, I suddenly feel like working in my garden. Say prayers!


Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Grilled Cheese Chop Salad with Apple Vinaigrette


  • 1 lb. "California" Yanni Grilling Cheese
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 2 cup grapes
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 Tb. Musselman's Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tb. honey
  • 3 Tb. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. hot smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat a skillet or grill pan to medium heat. Cut the California Yanni Grilling Cheese into 1/4 inch slices. Once the pan is hot, add 4-6 slices of cheese to the skillet, leave room for flipping. Brown the cheese for 2 minutes per side, until golden. Remove and repeat with remaining grilling cheese.
  2. Meanwhile, quarter the cucumber length-wise and chop it into bite size chunks. Cut the grapes in half and add the cucumber, grapes and mint to a medium mixing bowl. 
  3. Whisk the Musselman's Apple Cider Vinegar with honey, olive oil, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the chop salad and toss to coat.
  4. To serve, place large scoops of chop salad on plates and top with 2-3 slices of grilled cheese. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and serve while the cheese is warm.

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45 Responses to “Grilled Cheese Chop Salad with Apple Vinaigrette”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — April 29, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    Grilled cheese salad…that’s about the darndest, most awesomest salad.


  2. #
    Leslie — April 29, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    You’re better than me. I KILL everything I try to grow!
    I MUST find this cheese. Why have I never heard of grilling cheese??? Lord Have mercy.


  3. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — April 29, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    Looks like comfort food to me! Whenever cheese is involved it usually is in my book :) What a fun recipe!


  4. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 29, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    Love that grilled cheese on top!


  5. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — April 29, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    What a perfectly lovely salad!


  6. #
    DessertForTwo — April 29, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    Suddenly, I don’t think my life is complete until I find this grilling cheese! I must grill cheese! Thanks!


  7. #
    Tieghan — April 29, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    Loving this Sommer!! Grilled cheese on a salad!? Yes, please! Looks delicious!


  8. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — April 29, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    Haha, when I first read the title my mind immediately when to a grilled cheese ‘sandwich’ salad! :)

    I definitely like to use grilled halloumi in salads and this grilled cheese salad has some amazing flavours going on!


  9. #
    Erika @Southern Souffle — April 29, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    I need some of that grilling cheese.. That looks incredible..


  10. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — April 29, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    That grilling cheese sounds amazing and I love how you paired it with this salad. Yum!


  11. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I gotta have this and that grilling cheese is something new to me, I want it!


  12. #
    Kristen — April 29, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I need to get my hands on some grilling cheese, stat. What a tasty recipe!


  13. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — April 29, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    Crazy about haloumi over here. And I loved how you paired it with grapes. My husband makes a lovely grilled peach & haloumi salad in the summer. Now I’m craving it. =)


    • Sommer — April 29th, 2013 @ 8:38 am

      Ooo grilled peaches….


  14. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — April 29, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    I am completely dying right now.


  15. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 29, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    This is so creative, Sommer. I love it!


  16. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 29, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    i mean you put a grilled cheese on a salad,i love you.


    • Sommer — April 29th, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      Love you too! ;)


  17. #
    Jeanette — April 29, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    I would love to find some Yanni grilling cheese – love all the flavors going on in your salad Sommer!


  18. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — April 29, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    That grilled cheese looks and sounds amazing. I love haloumi. Can’t wait to give this new grilling cheese a try!


  19. #
    marla — April 29, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    I’m obsessed with halloumi & I must try this recipe!


  20. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — April 29, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    I’m planting mint this year and I have to say, it’s been kind of my wonder plant. Everything else is hit or miss but mint’s not letting me down! I was planning making just a ton a mojitos, but I think I’ll probably make this deliciousness too…you know, since you twisted my arm and all ;)


  21. #
    Tasha @ Thatssoyummy — April 29, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    There is something that is so comfroting about a big piece of cheese grilled to perfection… so yum!


  22. #
    Heather Christo — April 29, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    grilled cheese is so good, of course it should go into a salad too!! lol! very creative- I love it!


  23. #
    Aggie — April 29, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    I’m drooling over this salad.

    Mint always makes me feel like a good gardener! I have finally figured out what plants work for (and with) me – I am all about low maintenance!! :)


  24. #
    Rachel Cooks — April 29, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    This. Is. Amazing. Love it!


  25. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 29, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I need to find that grilling cheese asap!! Yum!


  26. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 29, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Drooling over that crispy cheese and apple vinaigrette!


  27. #
    Maria — April 29, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Love this salad!


  28. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 29, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Grilled Cheese on a salad?! What the what? Count me in. And that apple vinaigrette sounds lovely drizzled on top of the greens.


  29. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — April 29, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    I’m not a gardener either, although I have tried! :) Mint is my friend too, and it grows at the end of our property like a weed (which I love).
    Love the dish – looks delish!


  30. #
    Bill Beaman — April 29, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    That cheese is awesome. Nice! I thought nobody else knew about it. lol.


  31. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 29, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Mint is everyone’s garden friend, and I LOVE it! I chop it up in salads and add it to bevvies all summer long. This salad looks fantastic, now I must look for some of that cheese to grill…my family will go crazy!


  32. #
    Kelly @ Life made Sweeter — April 29, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    Sadly I don’t have a green thumb either but am motivated to try growing something this year:) Love this grilled cheese salad with apple vinaigrette – looks amazing!


  33. #
    Steph @ — April 29, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    just came across your blog and wow- grilled cheese on salad? It’s almost like a guilt free grilled cheese ;). This looks absolutely delicious!


  34. #
    Julie Wunder @ runninginaskirt — April 30, 2013 @ 3:40 am

    This looks fantastic! I seem to have a green thumb– I’d be glad to help :-)


  35. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 30, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    what a fun idea! Hope you’re doing well


  36. #
    Angie — April 30, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    What a beautiful salad!


  37. #
    Jenny Flake — April 30, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Great looking salad!!! I want right now!!


  38. #
    Cookin Canuck — April 30, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Mint really is so understanding. It’s about the only thing that I don’t end up killing…which is why I leave the gardening to my husband. I am kind of smitten with this pretty salad.


  39. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 30, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    I love grilled Halloumi , I really need to try this cheese now.


  40. #
    Marly — May 1, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    You and I are on a shared pinterest board singing the praises of the salad…and showing that it can be so much more than just a side dish! Yes!


  41. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 1, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Oh gosh, this looks delicious! I must try this!


  42. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 1, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    You sound like a much better gardener than me! :-) This salad sounds wonderful. Love that vinaigrette!


  43. #
    Hand Me Downs and Flip Flops — May 5, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Must find this cheese!!! My mouth is watering.


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