Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese with Baby Kale Salad

Plain ol' grilled cheese is kids' stuff.
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brussels sprouts grilled cheese baby kale salad

Recipe by Sara Forte

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 4 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 3/4 lb. Brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 8 slices whole-grain bread

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

  • 2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) grated fontina

  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 4 cups baby kale

  • 1 apple, cored and cut into matchsticks

  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds


1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium. Add the Brussels sprouts and shallot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the skillet.

2. Brush 1 side of each slice of bread with oil. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, pressing gently so the cheese adheres to the bread. Turn the slices over and spread with 2 tbsp. Dijon. Layer 4 slices with half the fontina, the Brussels sprouts and shallot, and the remaining fontina. Top with the remaining slices of bread, cheese-side up. In the same skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium. Cook the sandwiches until toasted, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil, the vinegar, and the remaining 1/2 tsp. Dijon; season the dressing. Add the kale, apple, and almonds; season. Toss until coated. Serve the salad with the sandwiches.