Turkey & Tomato Panini

Turkey & Tomato Panini

28 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007

A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced reduced-sodium deli turkey
  • 8 tomato slices
  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil


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  1. Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, Parmesan, basil, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the mixture on each slice of bread. Divide turkey and tomato slices among 4 slices of bread; top with the remaining bread.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weigh it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 314 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 37 g carbohydrates; 22 g protein; 10 mcg folate; 30 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 495 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 135 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 715 mg sodium; 139 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat

Reviews 28

August 28, 2016
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By: K Dorrian
This panini was awesome!! Made it with dried basil tho and added garlic powder to it to make it more like an aioli! So good and quick!
February 10, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Amazingly tasty and quick! Let me start off by saying that I'm only 16, and I barely know how to cook anything that doesn't go in the microwave. However, I found this panini very easy to make! I used a griddle to make mine and it only took a few minutes! I didn't use the yogurt and I cut the recipe down to make only two sandwiches. It turned out great and I will definitely be making this again for my mom and my friends! Pros: Yummy, easy, quick, healthy, filling
August 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
This sandwich was so yummy! It's quick and easy so I could make it for lunch on a tight schedule. I did vary slightly from the recipe: I skipped the yogurt because I forgot to buy it, and used dried basil instead of fresh. I will definitely make this again!
March 08, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Yumm It was super delicious but hard to eat because it was sooo soggy (I'm thinking from the tomato) Pros: Easy, low calories Cons: soggy
March 02, 2012
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By: Emaas
Awesome This panini was fast easy and delicious. I did not use tomatoes because I do not like them but I ate the sandwich with a mango habanero hot sauce and it was amazing!
December 28, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
A definite keeper I loved this recipe. I was worried that the yogurt might have a strange taste when heated because the spread seemed a bit tangy before it was cooked but it really tasted great! I have been looking for things to do with left over turkey and chicken and this will definitely be my go to. I added a tiny bit of red onion and used dried basil instead of fresh but otherwise i followed the recipe exactly. I might even try to use the spread on other things because it turned simple ingredients into a really nice lunch. Pros: Fast, easy, and a great use for left over turkey
September 21, 2011
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By: Myna
Good, Easy and Filling This was quick and simple to make. The spread was good, especially when it was all warm and gooey. I followed the recipe exactly, but I used a panini press which allowed me to omit the oil. That made the recipe even lower in calories, but it was still filling and satisfying.
September 05, 2011
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By: jayjayharding
Definitely a keeper! We made this last night for dinner and both the husband and I loved it! Very simple and quick to make. Most importantly, we both thought it was very flavorful and delicious! Hubby liked it so much, he went back for seconds (even though that left him overly full and in pain!). I'm not a big mayonnaise fan and usually only like basil in certain recipes, yet I loved this! Just the right balance of flavors. We followed the sauce recipe exactly. Instead of oil on the pan, I put a TINY bit of butter instead. Also, we made 3 sandwiches but used up all of the sauce. So if you're making four sandwiches, maybe make more sauce (I always add more of that kind of stuff though). Next time we make it, I'll probably lightly toast the bread before making the sandwich. My sandwich was a little mushy inside (hubby thinks it's because I put too much sauce, but it was AWESOME!). I'd like to try again with maybe some canned artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes in addition to the turkey. I have no idea if that would taste good, but will try it. I'll be emailing this recipe to my family and will keep in mind next time we have friends over for dinner. Pros: Easy, flavorful Cons: The inside of the bread got a bit mushy, but maybe I put too much sauce. Not a true "con" though because it was amazing.
July 18, 2011
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By: nk.chiemelu
Yum! The yogurt-mayo spread really makes this sandwich. I added extra basil because I love the taste/smell. I used olive oil spray instead of canola oil. Pros: Healthy, low cal sandwich
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