What’s better than a classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo from your mom? A rainbow grilled cheese. This epic Instagram sensation inspired us to try it out and show you how you can make one too. The premise is simple: melt the cheese, add the food coloring, and make the magic happen with that final gratifying cheese pull. We’d highly suggest having your camera ready.

Rainbow Grilled Cheese

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:15 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 cup cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon lavender
  • 1 tablespoon sundried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Food coloring (assorted colors)
  • White bread
Photo by Max Bartick
  • Step 1

    Start by separating the cheese into four bowls (1/4 cup in each bowl).

    GIF by Max Bartick
  • Step 2

    Add food coloring and condiments to each bowl and combine to achieve desired color (basil + green food coloring, lavender + purple food coloring, sundried tomatoes + red food coloring).

    GIF by Max Bartick
  • Step 3

    Butter both slices of bread on one side, and toast one slice in a pan over medium heat.

    GIF by Max Bartick
  • Step 4

    Layer the 1/4 cup of white cheese, then arrange colors in whatever pattern you desire.


    GIF by Max Bartick
  • Step 5

    Once cheese is starting to melt, add the second slice of bread and flip. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes.

    GIF by Max Bartick
  • Step 6

    Slice, Instagram, and enjoy.

    GIF by Max Bartick