Don’t let the fluorescent green put you off–it’s all natural. And delicious! Even my guys, who are a bit wary of food with a “foodie” look, gobbled down these sandwiches. Of course, I don’t think they were aware of the pear in the middle 🙂


1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo with Olive Oil)

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

3 cups packed baby spinach


8 slices sourdough bread (make it a good one, like Panera’s)

1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast (deli-roasted chicken works well too)

1 pear, sliced thin

3 tbsp butter, softened

1) PESTO: To food processor, add: olive oil, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt, and pepper; process 30-45 seconds until well combined; add spinach and process 30-45 seconds until well combined

2) SANDWICH: Assemble each sandwich as follows: spread spinach pesto on both sides of bread; layer: cheese, chicken, and pear; top with second piece of bread

3) In large skillet (or grill pan) over medium heat, melt half the butter; place sandwiches in skillet; while bottoms are grilling (3-4 minutes), spread remaining butter on top pieces of bread; turn sandwiches and grill additional 3-4 minutes until cheese melts; serve, serve, serve!

Makes: 4 sandwiches

NOTE: This is a “repeat” recipe featured on my original “Kitchen Novelist” blog 07/04/12–the one that disappeared into a black hole.


  1. Candice says:

    Literally, the first words out of my mouth were “Oh wow,” said with awe! This looks soooooo delicious!

  2. Barefoot Believer says:

    I agree with Candice – – WOW!! I love the write up and looks of this sandwich. And I LOVE your Spinach Pesto blend!! I’ve made plenty of basil pesto – but never thought about doing a spinach pesto – – I can see that’s about to change. I just had my sister over for lunch this week and set up a bruschetta bar and she loved it – – I’m going to have to tell her the next luncheon is going to be a bruschetta bar again but with a change out of the pesto – – she loves spinach and artichoke so she’ll be “all in” with this new pesto on the menu!! Thanks for the recipe – I’m going to make a print out of it.
    How’s it going on Baron Of Emberly?

  3. Barefoot Believer says:

    oooooohhhhh – – – I forgot to ask – – did you use a grill pan or a panini press for your sandwiches?

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