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Avocado-Spinach Panini

Smoked sun-dried tomatoes give this sandwich a meaty taste and texture.



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2 avocados, halved and thinly sliced
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⅓ cup julienned, smoked sun-dried tomatoes (1 oz.)
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2 Tbs. diced red onion
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2 cups lightly packed baby spinach
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4 4-oz. ciabatta rolls, split in half


1. Layer avocado slices, tomatoes, onion, and ½ cup spinach on each roll. Spray panini with cooking spray.

2. Coat skillet or grill pan with cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. Place panini in pan; weight with smaller-diameter saucepan weighted with 1 or 2 cans. Cook 2 minutes, remove weight, flip panini, replace weight, and cook 1½ to 2 minutes more. (Or cook 4 minutes in panini maker.)

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
13 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
65 g
0 mg
528 mg
8 g
3 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

I got a panni grill last Christmas and was excited when I saw this recipe to use on my grill. The sandwich turned out wonderful and it is a quick meal to make. Have made them twice now in one month.

Instead of cooking spray you can use a Mr. Mister which uses olive oil and air to make your own cooking spray without preservatives. Or use a pastry brush in canola oil to lightly coat the sandwich.

I don't have a grill pan or a panini maker so I made this sandwich like a grilled cheese - in a regular fry pan. I couldn't find smoked sun-dried tomatoes so I used oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes and added some smoked paprika seasoning. The flavor was delicious!

This sandwich had a lot of potential. Don't scrimp on the onions or tomatoes though as it can be a bit bland if you do. We added almost double of what the recipe called for. Also added salt and pepper and grilled like a grilled cheese.

These were delicious! I was sure that the onion would be too overpowering because they were raw, but they were a perfect fit for the sandwich. The only thing that I added was some hummus, which made the sandwich more creamy. Soo good. I want to make it again right away.

Mmmm...looks wonderful! I'm going to try it on Ezekial bread though for whole grains.

This looks and sounds good, but what can I use instead of avocado I am not a big fan of them?

I love this, it's quick, easy, and very tasty!

This was great and was even better my second try when I didn't burn them :-) Anna, I think you could sub portobello mushrooms for the avocado and would also be great

Fantastic! Made this in my George Forman with sun dried julienne cut tomatoes with herbs. I only bought 2 ciabatta rolls from bakery. Going back to buy frozen rolls to keep on hand for quick meal.

These are great! Can use any roll or bread

I substituted naan in place of ciabatta, and I used roasted bell peppers in place of sun-dried tomatoes. This was wonderful! It was a very easy, quick, simple, delicious and filling recipe to complete on a busy weekday night. This works very well in a George Foreman grill.

Looks tasty - although I must admit that (a) the use of canned oil spray is most unhealthy and (b) maybe a recipe with no gluten-loaded bread would also be a nice touch. Cheers.

Made these last night and took the suggestions of the Ezekial bread and the hummus. OMG!! So good! Made extra for lunch today and they were just as good cold. This will be a permanent recipe.

I think I'm going to use organic whole grain bread for this recipe. Not sure about the smoked dried tomatoes. Honestly, if you have a non-stick surface panini press, the oil spray is not needed. I have made many sandwiches like this before, and onions and if your a mushroom fan like me any wild mushrooms are awesome on them!

I found this recipe the other day and was excited to try it because it seemed light and fresh. I was correct the fresh avocado and the spinach makes a great paring and the grilled ciabatta bread makes it a hearty sandwich. My husband was a bit skeptical because there wasn't any meat in the sandwich but he enjoyed it and said we could have it again.

I love this sandwich. It's quick to make and the flavors are delicious.

This sandwich was delicious!! My husband and I are new to vegetarian eating and we both loved every bit of this!

This is fantastic. I absolutely loved this, my husband thought it was a little bland so I splashed some balsamic vinegar on and it made it even better. I will be making this again!!

This looks great.

My husband and I loved this sandwich! In fact, my husband, who is a meat eater, said this was the best non-meat sandwich he has ever had...and I have made him try a lot of different ones over the years. I couldn't find smoked sun-dried tomatoes at either of my grocery stores, so I stuck with the regular kind and added a light smear of a chipotle & roasted red pepper sandwich spread I saw at the store. I think it added the smokeyness that I would have been missing otherwise. Delicious!

Herbs and spices used instead of cooking sprays oils, to me far better. i don't use any cooking oil sprays - they are still oil. I use natural herbs-spices to coat a pan with some herbs have natural oils within them and give a really good flavor. The roasted flavor there is a small bottle in most stores labeled smoke flavoring this or herbs that give the same flavoring of smoked products - works well. OR just put it into an electric roaster and get the smoke roasted flavor. there is such a thing. Like there is a bottle of Butter Buds in most grocery stores - gives the flavor of butter but its not for popcorn. There are other bottles with herbs in them (varying flavors) for whatever foods you are preparing - NO OILS used. I eat vegan/vegetarian foods: the sandwich with spinich is great 1 sliced tomato (roma) 1 sliced avacado - and sliced purple onions - can add vegetarian cheese: pepperjack is a nice flavor - and toast this in toaster oven or roasting oven - (electric) not fried or with oil. OR if you have microwave that browns - there ya go.

I love this sandwich! I added fresh rotated red peppers and the addition put it over the top!

Made this tonight and modified by blending roasted red peppers, roasted garlic and a couple sun-dried tomatoes into a spread. Added a bit of red onion to the spread and to the sandwich, as well. Used vegan provolone, which melted beautifully. As for the oil - instead of using a spray, I just lightly brushed each piece of the bread so it had a bit of flavor, but nothing over the top, whatsoever. Spectacular sandwich and very very filling.

That sounds really nice and tasty!! Sure I'll try it!!:D

It was so good! I've made it with variations a couple of times and it's always great!


Why is the Avocado-Spinach Panini rated as vegan when the nutritional information shows that it has 5 mg of cholesterol in it? Is it vegan or is it not? This is very important to those of us who are vegans. Cholesterol is only present in animal products. If there are no animal products in this panini, shouldn't the total amount of fat and saturated fat be adjusted also?

Panini de palta y espinaca

The avocado has good fat and lots of vitamin A and E and the fat helps the fat soluable vitamins in the veggies, especially the raw dark green leafy kind, to get absorbed and used in our bodies. Heating reduces nutritional value in the greens but enhances vitamin release to us from tomatoes. Skip the bread and eat the good stuff. Yes, this is a vegan dish. Vegan means no animal products are in it. Avocado is a plant source fat even if it has cholesterol.

The real question is: Does the bread dough have any dairy products in it, such as butter, eggs, etc.

Yum!! This is a delicious alternative to hubby's BLT!!!

@ Susan Wolinsky - cholesterol is also in avocados.

My copy shows zero cholesterol. There is no cholesterol in avocado. There is some fat. Cholesterol is found ONLY in animal -based foods. However, eating a diet high in non-healthy fats (not avocado) can have a negative effect on our own bodies cholesterol.

Frying anything will cause more FAT - broil is better!!! or put in microwave to do either but less fat. i refuse to use cooking spray - or fried foods. YUCK

Make these

Plants do not have cholesterol. No cholesterol in avocado.

I just made these yesterday for our family and everyone lived them so much. I made an extra for my finances lunch and he said it was delicious cold as well. The only thing I did different, us I used the oil from the jar if sundried tomatoes and brushed that on the skillet and the bread. Delicious with any bread. Made myself another today I loved it so much.

Can't find smoked sun dried tomatoes. Any suggestions?

I will try this sandwich

So yummy and spectacular sandwich for lunch

Very nice it looks

I like the recipe of Avocado-Spinach Panini


Pleaase no microwave for any foods! It's not good for the bread and it takes the taste out of food!

This tastes very good! Use lighter, whole grain bread to save calories and boost nutrition.

this sounds so good!!! would so love to have more recipes like this.

Excellent idea from Alliene of using the oil from the sundried tomatoes , however the microwave idea from the other poster is ludicrous

Yum. I'd add a little olive oil before cooking. Great flavor and goes perfectly with spinach and sun dried tomatoes.