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Plant Based Pesto Panini

Pesto Paninis with Fresh Mozzarella

  • Author: Sharon Matten - Kosher Everyday
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grilling
  • Diet: Kosher


You can make my Pesto Paninis the traditional way or using Gluten Free bread and Plant Based Cheese. This one is the Plant Based/Gluten Free version. Both are incredibly cheesy, fresh and delicious!!!


  • 2 tablespoons Garden Fresh Pesto
  • Sliced fresh marinated mozzarella cheese, or sliced mozzarella cheese, or 1/2 cup plant based mozzarella shreds (enough to cover one slice of bread)
  • 2 slices crusty bread (can be gluten free)
  • 1 large tomato slice (optional)
  • Nonstick vegetable spray


  1. Preheat a Panini maker, mini indoor grill, or skillet.
  2. Spray one slice of the sandwich bread with nonstick spray and place sprayed side down on the grill/skillet.
  3. Spread the two tablespoons of pesto evenly over the bread, leaving around ½ inch un-pesto’ed around the edges.
  4. Top with the tomato (if using) and then layer the cheese on top.
  5. Spray the remaining slice of bread with nonstick spray and place it sprayed side up on top of the cheese.
  6. Close the grill lid, or press down lightly on the sandwich with a spatula if using a skillet.
  7. Allow the sandwich to cook for around 5 minutes.
  8. If using a Panini maker or grill, rotate the sandwich 90° and cook until golden brown.
  9. If using a skillet, flip the sandwich and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  10. Remove from grill/skillet and slice diagonally.
  11. Serve hot.



  • Use a crusty, hearty bread for these sandwiches. Café of Paris used a wonderful ciabatta bread, but when I went to our local Kosher store I found out that they had stopped making ciabatta bread and I ended up buying a few loaves of rustic French sandwich bread. It was also fabulous!
  • If you’re using gluten free bread, make sure to toast it before preparing the sandwich.
  • If you’re using plant based mozzarella shreds, place 1/4 cup directly on the bread, cover with pesto then the tomato (if using), the remaining mozzarella shreds, then the second slice of bread.5 m

Keywords: Pesto Panini


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