Courgette, tomato & pesto grilled sandwich


Having some left over baby spinach and walnut pesto gave me an idea to create my grilled sandwich.  I had all the ingredients to hand so I put them all together and ta-da! We have an ultimate vegetable pesto grilled sandwich with caramelised onions and oozing cheddar cheese. What could be better?….


1 courgette sliced thinly in halves
1 onion sliced in crescents
Handful of cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Pinch of sugar
Baby spinach and walnut pesto – my recipe on blog (4tbsp) or ready made pesto (2 tbsp)
Grated cheddar cheese
4 slices of bread
Butter to spread


1. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and shallow fry courgette until golden brown on both sides. Set aside on a plate

2. In the same frying pan add the onions with a little oil if needed, a dash of balsamic vinegar and the sugar. Cook on a low heat till nice and caramelised

3. Meanwhile pre heat the panini maker or griddle pan on a medium setting/heat. Butter the slices of bread and assemble sandwich.

4. First layer the courgettes,then the onions, the cherry tomatoes. Spoon on some pesto and top off with the cheese

5. Place carefully onto your panini maker or griddle pan and grill for 5-7 minutes. Make sure the sandwich has taken on a lovely golden brown colour

6. Cut into half and serve with some crisp salad leaves