Monday, September 27, 2010

"My Favorite Salad" Panini

I know, I know...what a strange name for a panini. But seriously, I couldn't come up with a name for this grilled sandwich. You see, my favorite salad is a spinach salad with grilled chicken breast, blue cheese, pecans, apples, and dried cranberries. Now I couldn't very well call this a chicken, blue cheese, pecan, apple and dried cranberry panini, could I? No, I didn't think so either.

The spinach, blue cheese, pecans and cranberries are processed with a little reduced-fat mayonnaise to form a pesto-like spread which is first placed on both slices of bread, focaccia, in this case.

Then thinly sliced grilled chicken breast is placed on top of one of the bread slices.

And thinly sliced apples are layered on top of the chicken breast.

Put the whole thing together and grill on a panini press or grill pan for a few minutes and you'll have one of the tastiest grilled sandwiches you've ever eaten. Swears. (It REALLY was good.)

My Favorite Salad Panini (makes 4 sandwiches)

8 slices of focaccia bread
2 seasoned and grilled chicken breasts, thinly sliced
1 apple, cored, thinly sliced
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

Process the spinach, pecans, dried cranberries, blue cheese and mayonnaise in a food processor. Spread mixture on each slice of bread. Top with grilled chicken slices and apple slices. Grill on panini press or grill pan until bread is toasted.

I'm entering this panini recipe in My Kitchen Addiction's September Kitchen Bootcamp Challenge.

27 comments:

Amanda said...

That looks fabulous, I really want one right now! YUM!

June said...

Man, this looks incredible and I am so HUNGRY!!! This along with a nice cool glass of Pinot Gris would be perfect.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

I'm on my way for dinner.

Lyndsey said...

This looks wonderful! I would love it! Great sandwich!

Mary said...

OH MY! I think I know what I'm making for dinner now :-)

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Haden News said...

What a yuumy Panini!!

Haden News said...

Not yuumy....YUMMY! lol

Hanaâ said...

How cool is that?? Perfect for lunch or anytime, really. Very creative, Mags!!

Pam said...

When you open up your panini restaurant, I'm coming to eat there everyday.

Karen said...

Sounds great! Love the apple and bleu cheese combo!

Megan said...

I think I'd like the salad version and the panini version! So much better than my dinner tonight.

Sue said...

This would be perfect for dinner tonight! We're having an uncharacteristic heat wave at the moment, so forget the oven!

Moogie said...

Very... very impressive.

The Southern Cookbook said...

Your panini looks fantastic. I love all the add ons. All those flavors blended together, yummy!

Arnold said...

This looks great. This is something I would like as a late night snack.

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

This panini is genius, Mags. I've never actually made panini, and certainly don't own a press, but I'm dying to tuck these wonderful ingredients between two slices of toasted French bread. And pronto. Love love love it!

Angie said...

This looks amazing, I love apples and chicken together.

Margie said...

It's breakfast time, can I have four of those to-go? Oh, and a large carafe of coffee.

You had me at bleu cheese, but then you stung me bad with the mention of pecans.

;)

Megan said...

Maybe crazy delicious! This sounds fabulous! Time to break out the panini maker!

Nanan said...

That looks totally fabu!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

This sounds INCREDIBLE!! Seriously, I want to make that "spread" and just eat it with a spoon!

Natalie said...

This looks fabulous, I can't wait to give it a try! We love paninis and I'm always looking for new flavor combos!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I can see why you named this recipe as you did. Those apples in this panini sound awesome! I need to try this over here :)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

That is an awesome looking sandwich! Thanks so much for submitting it for the Kitchen Bootcamp roundup this month! :)

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

Wow. Can I order one of these for lunch, please? Seriously - that combination of flavors plus the fact that it's in a panini, must make for one incredible sandwich!

The Mom Chef said...

Audible groan. This looks fantastic. I adore any kind of panini/grilled sandwich. Send it my way.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This looks so great!