Perfectly Crispy Grilled Cheese & Veggie Hellmann’s Strangewich

Try this unexpectedly perfect grilled cheese with Hellmann's or Best Foods Mayonnaise, whole grains and healthy veggies.

 Perfectly Crispy Grilled Cheese & Veggie Strangewich by Hellmann’s and Best Foods

Grilled cheese is known as a delicious, universal comfort food, but not often top of mind as a particularly “nutritious” meal. With the Unilever commitment to improving nutrition—as part of our broader Unilever Sustainable Living Plan goals—we know that taste and nutrition don’t need to be mutually exclusive.

This Perfectly Crispy Grilled Cheese & Veggie Strangewich is a clever example of making some simple tweaks like swapping out butter for Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, for a crispy, delicious meal. Plus, with Hellmann’s®, you know you’re getting cage-free eggs and responsibly sourced oils. 

Serves: 1    l    Prep Time: 5 min    l    Cook Time: 5 min 


1 Tbsp. Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise

2 slices crusty whole grain bread

1 oz. sliced low fat white cheddar cheese 

1 cup sliced roasted vegetables or grilled vegetables (sliced eggplant, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash and onions)


Spread one slice of bread with Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise. Place bread mayonnaise-side-down into hot skillet; add cheese and vegetables.

Spread other slice of bread with mayonnaise and place mayonnaise-side-up on top of vegetables.

Cook until lightly browned on one side. Flip over and cook until cheese is melted.

TIP: To roast or grill vegetables, preheat oven or grill to 400°. Brush veggies with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast or grill, turning as needed, until golden and tender. Toss with chopped fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Nutritional Information: Calories 300, Total Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 8g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 450mg, Total Carbohydrate 27g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 6g, Protein 15g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 15%, Iron 10%, Potassium 10%. 

Deliciously Simple

Deliciously Simple, Nutritious Recipes, Sustainable Sourcing

There are some things you’ll realize right away after making this recipe—it’s deliciously simple! Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® spreads much easier than butter and creates perfectly crispy bread. But there are also other benefits that may not be so obvious:

Nutritious Recipes

Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® can be part of an overall balanced diet because it is made with plant-based oils and is a source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This means it is a source of monounsaturated fat, the same type found in olive oil and avocados, and polyunsaturated fat. Couple that with the way the delicious, rich taste can encourage you to up your intake of veggies and whole grains, and this grilled cheese variation is a quick meal that doesn’t skimp on taste.

Sustainable Sourcing 

Another important goal for Unilever is reducing environmental impact through sustainable sourcing, and Hellmann’s® is an example of our commitment. Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise is committed to using quality ingredients sourced from trusted American farms like sustainably sourced oils and 100% cage-free eggs . Take the Sutter family farm in Iowa for example; they supply soybeans for Hellmann’s® products, and use eco-friendly “no-till” and “minimum-till” soil practices to help prevent erosion and carbon dioxide from motorized plows. 

Simple choices like these can mean even more than a tasty lunch, and we’re proud that Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise are great choices for helping to increase the intake of important food groups such as vegetables and whole grains and helping protect the planet as well as spreading on your sandwiches and Strangewiches alike.

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