Avocado and Pesto Cheesy Panini Recipe

This food truck inspired panini grilled cheese recipe features fresh California Avocados, Sundried Tomato and Olive Pesto and Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese. You won’t want to miss this recipe!

Food Truck Inspired Avocado Pesto Panini Recipe on dineanddish.net

I love food trucks…as an eater and a cook. I obviously love to eat food, hence why I love to eat from food trucks. But as someone who develops recipes and does food photography for a living, I absolutely love the spark of creativity I get from eating at a food truck.

Food trucks, at least around here, have a lot of pressure to be really good and unique. We have some amazing restaurants in Kansas City, and not so many food trucks. There isn’t any hiding among a ton of trucks hoping to squeak by… you either serve amazing food, or your gone.

Food Truck Inspired Avocado and Pesto PaniniHave you ever visited a Grilled Cheese food truck? I had the chance to visit one a few weeks ago and was astonished at the variety of grilled cheese sandwiches out there! Who knew a grilled cheese sandwich didn’t have to simply be American cheese on toasted bread? There are so many amazing possibilities!

So, inspired by food trucks as well as a shipment of fresh, California Avocados and some Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese that showed up in my mailbox as well, I decided to do some grilled cheesing, panini style.

Avocado and Pesto Grilled Cheese from dineanddish.net

This panini grilled cheese sandwich recipe is as simple to put together as it sounds. Butter up some Texas Toast, slather a good amount of pesto on the bread (I love to use DeLallo Brands Simply Pesto in Sundried Tomato and Olive variety), add a good helping of fresh California Avocados, then slice up some Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese and you are good to go! Food truck inspired grilled cheese panini recipe without the lines or outrageous prices!


Avocado and Pesto Panini Grilled Cheese
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A tasty panini grilled cheese sandwich with fresh California Avocados, pesto and cheddar cheese.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Sandwich
Serves: 1 sandwich
  • For each sandwich:
  • 2 slices Texas toast style bread
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Pesto (I prefer DeLallo Sundried Tomato and Olive variety)
  • 3 ounces Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese, sliced
  • ½ fresh California Avocado, peeled and seed removed, sliced thin
  1. Pre-heat a panini press grill to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Spread one side of each slice of Texas toast style bread with butter. On the non buttered side of one slice of bread, spread the pesto.
  3. Add a layer of cheddar cheese then a layer of California Avocados. Top with remaining slice of bread.
  4. Place assembled sandwich in preheated panini press for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bread is lightly toasted.
  5. Serve immediately.

 Disclosure: I am proud to be a brand ambassador for California Avocados. For recipes, information and more inspiration, please visit their website.

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  1. says

    Food trucks are so much fun. We do have a grilled cheese truck here and I must say yours looks absolutely perfect!

  2. says

    I work in New York City, where food trucks are a way of life at lunchtime, and I would basically like a grilled cheese truck to follow me home to New Jersey and park permanently in my driveway. And since that probably won’t happen, I am going to pin and make this beauty of a sandwich instead!

  3. says

    We don’t have a ton of food trucks here either but the few we do are completely epic and farm-to-plate scratch cooking. I’m excited to check out Portland’s food truck scene in August!!

  4. says

    I love a good food truck meal! My favorite in the SLC area is a Korean bbq food truck, but I’d be up for a grilled one any day of the week. Your panini looks positively addictive!

  5. says

    I have to say that grilled cheese sandwich trucks are probably one of my favorites. I can never get over how many fun flavor combinations they come up with! I’ve never tried grilling avocados in a sandwich before, but this looks so good! Definitely giving it a try soon!


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