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Veggie Panini Recipes

Updated on July 19, 2011

Veggie Panini Recipes - All Vegetable Panini Sandwich Recipes that Will Make your Mouth Water!

Paninis are more than just sandwiches, they're a way of life in Italy! The Italians know how to do sandwiches. You wouldn't expect a hodgepodge, ordinary run of the mill sandwich there, and that's why they have paninis instead of just sandwiches. These Italian style sandwiches are usually grilled, but can be cold as well. Typically made on ciabatta bread, or foccacia bread, paninis can also be very high in fat. However, if you use veggies as your base, you can have delicous and healthy veggie paninis that will taste unbelievably won't miss the fat and meat at all! Read on to find some tasty veggie panini recipes.

These spinach tomato pesto paninis pack a punch. They're relatively low in fat, and have only a few ingredients. The key to making this sandwich great is the bread. A fresh loaf of ciabatta bread makes all the difference.


- Fresh mozarella slices (2 per sandwich, sliced thin)

- Pesto spread (prepared pasta pasta works great)

- Fresh tomato slices (2-3 thin slices per sandwich)

- 1 box frozen spinach, or 1 cup prepared cooked spinach

- 1 loaf of fresh ciabatta bread

- 3 tbsp olive oil


1. Cut a loaf of ciabatta bread in 4 quarters. Cut the bread in half lengthwise.

2. Prepare the spinach according to package directions. Drain the spinach well so the bread doesn't get soggy. Place a generous amount onto each sandwich.

3. Place the tomato slices and mozarella slices onto the sandwich. Add the pesto to the top slices of bread underneath.

4. Brush the sandwiches with olive oil and heat the panini grill to medium. Grill the sandwiches for approximately 5 minutes. Check frequently to make sure the bread doesn't burn. The sandwich is done when the cheese is slightly melted and brown lines are seared into the ciabatta bread. Cut the veggie panini in half and serve!

Eggplant Parmigiana Panini

An easy way to use leftover eggplant!

This recipe works best with leftover eggplant parmiagana, since you won't have to make it from scratch! But if you do, this is a good recipe to try.


-Cooked eggplant parmiagana slices

-1/4 cup marinara (per sandwich)

-1/4 cup Shredded mozarella cheese

-2 slices Italian bread

-1 tbsp. olive oil


1. Preheat the griddle and cook the eggplant slices for about 2-3 minutes, enough to get warm.

2. Place one slice of bread on the grill, brushed with olive oil. Place the heated eggplant on top of the bread, then the cheese, then the sauce. Place the other slice of bread (brushed with olive oil) onto the top of the sandwich.

3. Grill for approximately 5 minutes, until the cheese starts to melt and lines form on the bread.

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Simple Caprese Foccacia Panini

A tasty sandwich that takes just a few minutes to make

This panini is simple, yet looks like a million bucks. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this for dinner in a snap.


-One whole fresh tomato, sliced lengthwise

-One large fresh mozarella ball, sliced lengthwise

-1 tbsp fresh basil, cut into strips

-1 tsbp extra virgin olive oil

-1 tsp balsamic vinegar

-1 fresh baked foccacia bread, sliced into sandwich sized bread pieces (lengthwise)


1. Marinate the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil and tomatoes together for about 30 minutes to let the taste get absorbed into the fruit.

2. Preheat the panini grill and place a piece of bread on the grill. Brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil on the outside.

3. Place a marinated tomato slice and basil on the bread. Don't drench the bread, it will get soggy quick.

4. Place a slice of mozarella over the tomato, then a slice of tomato again. Stack the sandwich as high as you prefer.

5. Sandwich the tomato and mozarella between the bread slices and grill the sandwich for 5 minutes, or until lines form on the bread. Serve immediately.

A panini's best friend: fresh mozarella!

A panini's best friend: fresh mozarella!
A panini's best friend: fresh mozarella!

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Essential for a good panini, and essential fats for you!

Essential for a good panini, and essential fats for you!
Essential for a good panini, and essential fats for you!

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      Misa 2 years ago

      Oh yum!! I love the flavors in a crseape salad. I think a good bread roll is very important for a sandwich like this!The heat hasn't been bothering me much either. I work in AC all day and then come home to a cool house. The only problem I will have sometimes is when the AC in my car doesn't want to work. It only decides when it wants to work. Grrr

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      such a yummy article indeed, enjoyed my visit this morning.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Great lens ..these Italian sandwiches look great. Blessed by a travelling angel.

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      xposedbydesign 5 years ago

      I'm free most nights for dinner if you need to test a recipe out.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Smart idea if you want a sandwich not too high in fat.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      plrsource 6 years ago

      Yummy.....looks good...nice lens.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      water in the mouth? Actually your lens did!

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      careermom 6 years ago

      The Eggplant Parmigiana sounds heavenly

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Thanks - can't wait!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      The recipes sound delicious! Now, I think I need the grill! LOL

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing some veggie panini options!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great looking lens! The spinach panini looks great!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      had one of these sammis the other night while dining out with the fam...they're very tasty! Have a great Easter weekend and thanks for popping into my Pres.Obama visits Canada lens...I appreciate it!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a delicious lens!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      This is a very beautiful lens...loved the pics. Thanks for sharing some awesome recipes for all of us to try ;)

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      Your lens sounds delicious. I'd eat at your place any day!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is such an attractive lens. You have done an excellent job here. I love how you showcased the recipes. Well done!

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      rockycha 8 years ago

      Congrats on your Giant status! Squid angel blessings on this excellent lens! Mmmmm paniniiiiiiiiiiii... :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Now I know why daughter raves about these - she can get them for lunch at school!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Delicious lens... I love these sandwiches! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Yummy!! Another great lens!