Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Strawberry Chia Fruit

by Alli

This shop, Gourmet Grilled Cheese, was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone.

Note: This simple, delicious recipe was originally posted in January 2017, and edited/republished on January 11, 2020. I can no longer find Welch’s Chia Strawberry Spread and I assume it has been discontinued. I have found a great substitute that I share in the recipe at the end of this post. 

As I was checking off my list in the grocery store, I came to the next item on my list:

lunch stuff

Who just scribbles lunch stuff on their grocery list? Me!

A sigh escaped my lips because I’m so tired of boring lunches. I quickly ran through an in-my-head list of lunch possibilities and my favorite lunch popped into my mind – grilled cheese with tomato soup. Yes, that’s my all-time favorite. But even grilled cheese can get boring.

An on-the-spot plan formed in my head, so I headed to the fruit spread aisle. I don’t know about you, but I think fruit and cheese belong together. I seldom omit a fruit and cheese tray at a party, so I decided to raise my plain grilled cheese to gourmet standards.


Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread is just what I need to add some excitement to my midday meal. The Chia Fruit Spread contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives. I’m a strawberry lover so this stuff is right up my alley.  

What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds come from a desert plant called Salvia Hispanica. This plant is a member of the mint family. 

Chia seeds can be eaten raw or prepared in a number of cooked dishes. You can sprinkle chia seeds on cereal or yogurt. 

Chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acid. 

I didn’t know how I’d feel about chia seeds in my strawberry fruit spread, but I really do like them. 

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Jarlsberg and Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread

You’ll need grated Jarlsberg cheese, Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread, two slices of bread, and butter. I use sourdough bread, but feel free to use the bread of your choice.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Spread Welch’s Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread on one slice of bread. Sprinkle the cheese on the other slice. Make a sandwich with the two slices.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Butter the outside of one sandwich before adding to a skillet, butter side down. Add the remaining butter to the top of the sandwich. I feel like I’m treating myself to a gourmet meal on a workday.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Strawberry Chai



Yield: 1 sandwich

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The ultimate Gourmet Grilled Cheese includes shredded Jarlsberg cheese and chia strawberry spread toasted to perfection.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes


  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 Tablespoons Welch's Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • 3 oz. Jarlsberg cheese, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  1. Heat a skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Butter one side of both slices of bread.
  3. Spread the chia fruit spread on the other sides of both slices of bread.
  4. Place a slice of bread in the pan, butter side down. Top with grated cheese and the other slice of bread, butter side up.
  5. Brown 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and the cheese is melted.

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If you want to make lunch fun again, grab a jar of Chia Strawberry Spread. It’s a delicious way to get the goodness of chia into your diet. The combination of Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread and the melted cheese is irresistible and it’s my new fave sandwich.


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robin masshole mommy January 31, 2017 - 6:36 am

Oh wow, what a fun twist on a classic. We eat lots of grilled cheeses in our house and I am trying your spread next time 🙂

Rebecca Swenor January 31, 2017 - 6:37 am

This gourmet grilled cheese with chia fruit spread sound interesting. I would love to try this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Putting fruit spread on a grilled cheese is something I have never heard of but it does really sound good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Angelic Sinova January 31, 2017 - 8:36 am

That Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try this recipe out (I LOVE grilled cheese!).

Alli January 31, 2017 - 5:58 pm

Nothing beats a good grilled cheese . . . until I added the Welch’s Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread. Yummy!

Katie Kinsley January 31, 2017 - 8:51 am

I didn’t know Welchs made products with chia seeds! I’m not one to divert from only bread and cheese ingredients, but strawberry looks to satisfy a sweettooth.

Alli January 31, 2017 - 5:57 pm

It’s a brand new product and it’s delicious! I loved my sandwich so much that I made another one for dinner that same night.

Franc Ramon January 31, 2017 - 9:09 am

The gourmet grilled cheese looks really tasty. It chia strawberry spread and the cheese can make a really good mix.

Christy Maurer January 31, 2017 - 9:53 am

I need to try this! Yep, I hate lunch stuff. I don’t even write it down, I just know I will end up eating chips and salsa or cereal. We had grilled cheese the other night because it’s easy. THIS looks easy AND delicious!

Melinda Cato January 31, 2017 - 10:53 am

WOW can’t wait to try!!! Does Walmart carry the cheese?

Alli January 31, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Jarlsberg is a mild cheese from Jarlsberg, Norway and it melts easily, plus it’s delicious! I would think that Walmart would have it.

Jeanette January 31, 2017 - 11:08 am

I had no idea they had a jelly like this. I like Chia seeds because they are so much healthier for you. I will definitely be trying this.

Stacey Werner - client January 31, 2017 - 11:41 am

I love fruit and cheese together. This is such a great idea. Plus, the chia seeds would add a neat texture to the sandwich!

Paula Schuck January 31, 2017 - 12:04 pm

That sounds delicious! I love fruit and cheese. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of doing this before. Thanks for sharing this.

candy January 31, 2017 - 1:22 pm

Totally new type of grilled cheese to make and enjoy. Will have to whip up some homemade soup to go with the grilled cheese.

Pam Wattenbarger January 31, 2017 - 1:49 pm

There is a restaurant near us that makes an awesome cheesburger with strawberry jam on it. This fruit spread would be perfect to recreate that at home.

Bella January 31, 2017 - 5:34 pm

Oh my, I have got to give this a try! The jam and cheese would be delicious together!

Sue Reddel January 31, 2017 - 10:35 pm

When I think of Welch’s I think of grape jelly. I had no idea they made chia strawberry fruit spread. Sounds like it would be great on a grilled cheese. Yummy!

Claudia Krusch January 31, 2017 - 10:56 pm

I need to pick up some Welch’s Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread to try. This grilled cheese looks so delicious. I know it will be a big hit with my kids.

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy January 31, 2017 - 11:13 pm

Oh my, that looks so good! I love fancy grilled cheese, and this definitely is right up my alley. Looks so delicious!

Shirley Wood February 1, 2017 - 7:19 am

One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever eaten was in a restaurant and it had a delicious fruit spread on it. We were there for lunch while visiting Hilton Head. I know your version will be scrumptious and it makes me want one right now!
I write ‘lunch stuff’ on my grocery list too but we pretty much always do the same things for lunch during the work week. We will be having these yummy gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on the weekend soon though!

Chubskulit Rose February 1, 2017 - 3:07 pm

I love this idea! My kids love grilled cheese and you gave me a great alternative to add something.

Zan February 1, 2017 - 5:33 pm

I feel like you are talking to me about the boring lunches. I never know what to do for lunch. My hubby was home today and was disappointed with lunch….Don’t blame him.. I was too…haha! He loces grilled cheese sandwich this is def a new twist.

rika February 1, 2017 - 11:10 pm

I can’t wait to try this product and your recipe. Looks so easy to make and tasty!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai February 2, 2017 - 6:58 pm

That Strawberry Grilled Cheese sandwich sounds amazing! I’m hungry, and it looks great too. 🙂

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LaShawn February 3, 2017 - 5:33 pm

I bet this is so good with the sweet of the spread and the salty of the cheese! I keep seeing this in the store, I really need to just break down and get it!

Agness of Run Agness Run February 5, 2017 - 6:27 pm

Great idea for grilled cheese and the amazing spread, Alli! Loved the recipe.

Patty February 22, 2018 - 12:07 pm

This sounds so good a really nice twist on an old standard. I usually fix grilled cheese and been with ham soup, but with this spread I think the tomato soup would be best. I hope I can find this cheese, a lot of times I have to order from internet, our small town doesn’t always have what I need. Thank goodness for internet.


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