Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you've got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer's directions. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007

Carolyn Malcoun
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.

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  • Combine Cheddar, zucchini, carrot, onion, salsa and jalapeno (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide among 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weigh it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; 13.6 g total fat; 5.3 g saturated fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 577 mg sodium. 181 mg potassium; 37.3 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 15.9 g protein; 2737 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mg vitamin c; 12 mcg folate; 299 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 10 mg magnesium; 4 g added sugar;

Reviews (19)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2015
Surprisingly good! I was just a bit skeptical about this sandwich--I thought that the shredded zucchini carrots and chopped onions might be too bland and raw tasting. I was wrong. This is a really tasty unique blend of ingredients; the sandwiches were extremely easy to make; and both my husband and I enjoyed them very much. Pros: Fast easy and tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2013
Yummy! Versatile. Such a yummy and quick meal. Didn't have time to pickle our jalepeno so we just used 1/4-1/2 finely chopped fresh one and it worked great. Spicy and delicious! Can't wait to make again and mix up the veggie choices! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2013
So quick and easy! Yum! I love this sandwich! Very easy and used ingredients I had in the house. My variation was to use 1 ounce of Chedddar Jack 2 TBS of hormel bacon bits and 1/8 of cup of salsa. Grilled it on whole wheat whole grain bread. My calorie count worked out to be 289 for the sandwich. Will definitely make this again! Pros: Tasty Filling and easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2012
This sandwich is fabulous I love this fresh tasting sandwich. I use homemade salsa and pickled jalapeno Cabot 75 percent redused fat cheddar and some Healthy Life bead at only 35 calories per slice. I enjoy two sandwiches for very few calories and a lot of great taste. I grated my zucchini in the small holes of a grater. If you have the time pat dry the zucchini on paper towels but If not it will not be the end of the sandwich. Pros: Tasty inexpensive healthy. Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2012
Will without a doubt make it regularly For time I purchased some salsa from a local Mexican restaurant. This made all the difference. I didn't even need cheese or Jalepeno as the spiciness from the salsa was terrific and the vegetables and mmmmmm Pros: Great Taste Cons: Nothing but goodness Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2012
Delicious & Quick! These fancy paninis have become a staple in our house. We've used summer squash instead of zucchini and added in tomatoes/roasted garlic/avocado you name it. The combination of salsa cheddar and veggies is really good and healthy. I would make sure to get a lot of the liquid out of your veggies after grating them or else your bread will get soggy. So quick and easy! Kids will love them too. Pros: Few ingredients flavorful quick easy Cons: Can get soggy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2012
Very tasty quick cheap easy Nice recipe. Instead of shredding I either peeled or thinly cut the vegetables but that's because I don't have anything good to shred them with! Didn't ruin the integrity of the sandwich though. The salsa part makes this sandwich nicely customizable and gives it interesting flavor. I'd make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
So delish! These are the perfect quick dinner. They're flavorful and filling without having many ingredients in them. The cheese goes a long way and the jalapenos added a nice hit of spiciness. Will definitely be adding these to my weekly rotation! Pros: Quick easy filling Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2012
Quick healthy and tasty!!! Made these for lunch and my kids even loved them! We also spread a small amount of guacamole on one side fo the bread. Didn't have issues with soggy bread because I used a quick spray of canola oil and then made sure the pan was hot before cooking. Pros: Healthy and tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these for a party of teenagers some guys some girls and some vegetarian. Everyone loved these sandwiches and I mean LOVED them. we served them with homemade sweet poato fries and it made a great and healthy dinner; something more than the usual pizza and chips. We will be making these again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is surprisingly good. One thing I recommend is to toast the toast before heating it up in the pan because my first attempts turned soggy and the oil just seeped into the bread. It was still good but would be much better if the bread was toasted beforehand. Delicious panini. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really tasty! If you're concerned about it being too soggy try the following: toast the bread before assembling the sandwich (as mentioned before) squeeze out excess moisture from the zucchini drain off as much liquid as you can from the salsa (or use the chunky version) and make sure your pan is screaming hot when you put the sandwich in. I'm a lazy sort of cook and I hate doing dishes so I used a potato masher instead of another skillet and cans. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really yummy sandwich! I was skeptical that the small amount of cheese would be satisfying but it really was. I had no problems with the sandwich being soggy and I didn't do anything special. Just make sure the pan is nice and hot before you put the bread in and you should be fine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Use your top of the stove grill pan. George Foreman grill for 1/2 the cooking time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Easy and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These were delicious! Traded the onions for cilantro and Monterrey Jack cheese for the cheddar but definitely a keeper. I used a hearty whole grain bread heated my pan with the oil before hand and then plopped them in there. I stuck an earthenware plate on top with a couple cans on top of that. Used just a bit of oil and the times that I didn't have any visible oil in the skillet they still came out great. I'll never make an ordinary grilled cheese again these were delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Perfect! These came out delicious and came together very very quickly. I had no problems with the bread getting soggy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
So good These were so good... I agree with the reviewer who said they would never make a regular grilled cheese again. What a great way to get some veggies in and the small amount of cheese seemed like so much more. Pros: Delicious and healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
yummm Delicious and healthy. The little amount of cheese went a long way. i'll be making this again for sure!! Pros: These were delicious and healthy Read More