Open-Face Cauliflower-Cheddar Melts

Melty Cheddar cheese is the perfect complement to cauliflower in this satisfying open-face sandwich built on whole-grain country bread. Serve it with a spinach salad for a great autumn lunch.

a recipe photo of the Open-Faced Cauliflower Cheddar Melts
Photo: Photographer: Brie Goldman, Food Stylist: Lauren McAnelly, Prop Stylist: Holly Raibikis
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower

  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons pesto

  • 4 slices whole-grain country bread, toasted

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add cauliflower, bell pepper, marjoram, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes more. Add pesto and stir to coat. Remove from heat.

  2. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.

  3. Place toasted bread on a baking sheet and divide the vegetable mixture among the toasts. Top each with about 1/4 cup cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and browned in spots, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
18g Fat
26g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Vitamin A 1515IU 30%
Vitamin C 65mg 72%
Vitamin D 47IU 12%
Vitamin E 3mg 22%
Folate 66mcg 17%
Vitamin K 15mcg 13%
Sodium 606mg 26%
Calcium 382mg 29%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 356mg 8%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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