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Turkey and Tomato Panini

Ready for your new favorite turkey sandwich?

Turkey and Tomato Panini | #recipeThis panini is packed with flavor. It’s zesty and fresh thanks to perfect roma tomatoes, lemon juice, and fresh basil. It’s creamy and rich from a combination of mayo, Greek yogurt, and just a bit of parmigiano reggiano. And guess what? It’s only 250 calories. Crazy, right?

This is actually a sandwich I’ve been making for years. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to share it. For some reason I tend to do that with simple recipes like this. It’s like they’re so easy, I don’t even think about writing the recipe up. It’s silly, I know, so I’m trying to change that!

Turkey and Tomato Panini | #recipeI hope you guys don’t mind the sudden influx of “healthy” recipes showing up around here. I feel like I tend to be “known” for my super decadent desserts (which I will still sprinkle in!), but those don’t exactly help you feel great about prancing around in a bikini on a cruise ship, haha. Sooooo, things will be mainly healthy-ish around here for a couple months, at least until after my cruise. Though, I think a slew of good-for-you meals and desserts is kinda what people like around summertime, right?

But, don’t worry, I will never compromise flavor! If something doesn’t taste amazing (even if it’s super good for you), why eat it? Or at least that’s my thoughts on the matter 🙂

Back to this sandwich for a second! You actually don’t have to press this into a panini. It’s great with just fresh bread, but I do love the way the tomatoes get all soft and warm, and the crunch from the golden toast is a nice counterpoint. Also, if you’re not into mayonnaise, feel free to use all Greek yogurt. I would probably use a yogurt with some fat though so that you still get the creaminess.

I think they key to this sandwich is really good tomatoes, so this is the perfect time of year. If you do make this, I would love, lovelove to see a photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Turkey and Tomato Panini

Yield: 1 sandwich

Turkey and Tomato Panini


  • 1/2 tbsp mayo
  • 1/2 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
  • juice from half a lemon (I used a Meyer lemon)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tbsp grated parmigiano reggiano
  • salt & freshly-ground pepper
  • 2 slices bread (I use Dave's Killer Bread in their Thin-Sliced variety)
  • 2 ounces oven-roasted deli turkey
  • 1 roma tomato, sliced


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, basil, and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the mixture on each slice of bread. Arrange the tomato slices on one piece, and the turkey on the other. Close the sandwich.
  3. Press in a panini press for 3 minutes, until golden brown. (You could also do this in a pan just like a grilled cheese.)


recipe adapted from here

Turkey and Tomato Panini | #recipe


23 Responses to “Turkey and Tomato Panini”

  1. thecupcakeconfession — June 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Oh My yum!!!!!!!!! I'm loving the look of this sandwich! They look sooooo drooool-worthy!!!!!!

    • Rachael replied: — June 4th, 2014 @ 11:02 am

      Thank you! They are seriously, unreasonably delicious for how "healthy" they are!

  2. wholeandheavenlyovencom — June 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This panini is gorgeous! Wow, so many amazing flavors you got goin on here! This is my idea of a perfect lunch. 😀 Pinned!

    • Rachael replied: — June 4th, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much! It's kinda my ideal lunch, too—fresh, flavorful, and wholesome…how can ya go wrong? 😛

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  13. Katarina Stein — January 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I’m going to make this for dinner! Serving with some tomato soup and salad 🙂 

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