Quick-Pickled Cauliflower and Swiss on Rye

A sweet-and-sour combination of cauliflower and apple is paired with melted Swiss cheese in a deli-style grilled sandwich. We’ve called for a panini or sandwich press, but you can also make it grilled-cheese-sandwich style in a skillet—just be careful when flipping it to make sure the filling doesn’t fall out.

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4 sandwiches


  • 1/4 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped chives
  • 2 Tbs. whole-grain mustard
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. ground caraway
  • 1/2 lb. cauliflower florets, cut in 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese (1 cup)
  • 8 slices dark or marbled rye bread
  • 2 Tbs. butter, melted


1 Whisk together cider, chives, mustard, honey, and caraway in medium bowl. Add cauliflower and apple, and stir to combine. Let sit at room temperature 10 minutes.

2  Stir in shredded cheese.

3 Preheat panini or sandwich press to medium heat.

4  Scoop heaping ¾ cup cauliflower mixture onto each of 4 bread slices. Top each with another bread slice, and gently press down.

5 Brush both sides of panini press each with ½ Tbs. melted butter. Press 2 sandwiches 3 to 5 minutes, or until bread is browned and crisp on outside, and filling is heated through. Repeat with remaining 2 sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 Sandwich
  • Calories 378
  • Carbohydrate Content 46 g
  • Cholesterol Content 41 mg
  • Fat Content 16 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 15 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 9 g
  • Sodium Content 594 mg
  • Sugar Content 14 g