Strawberry Panini with Arugula and Goat Cheese

Strawberry Panini with Arugula and Goat Cheese

I absolutely adore the strawberry + goat cheese combination. Sweet, juicy, in-season strawberries meet a creamy, tangy goat cheese. It’s a combination that knows no limits: appetizers, sandwiches, and even dessert.

Toss those strawberries with a good balsamic vinegar and peppery arugula, and pile it on some crusty French bread?

There’s a perfect balance, a combination of sweet and savory flavors, in each bite. Call it heavenly, call it perfection, or just call it lunch. But do set aside some of your strawberries this season to make a sandwich.

Strawberry Panini with Arugula and Goat Cheese

Lunch goes meatless with the sweet-savory combination of strawberries, balsamic, arugula, and goat cheese.

Ingredients

  • Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • Handful of arugula
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Goat cheese, at room temp
  • Loaf of crusty bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill pan or panini maker.
  2. Place strawberries in a bowl, lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and toss.
  3. Split the loaf of bread in half and spread both sides with desired amount of goat cheese.
  4. Top with strawberries, a pinch of salt, a couple grinds of black pepper, and a handful of arugula.
  5. Top with the other half of the loaf and grill until golden brown and the goat cheese melts.
  6. Serve hot. Warm. Or even cold as leftovers.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

12 comments… add one

  • Confession: I’ve never had goat cheese. Because- and I’m not sure you were aware of this- it has the word ‘goat’ in the title. Which freaks me out. Am I really missing out here?

    • Kristy,

      You are missing a lot believe me :). I love goat cheese and my favorite recipe is goat-cheese chicken breast with steamed vegetables. Try it out you might really like it.

    • Samantha

      you are missing the 8th wonder of the world…

  • Love your combination of flavors in this panini! It looks so mouthwatering. Still using the strawberries from when you went picking?

  • Oh yum yum yum! I have been on a goat cheese kick lately and this would be a perfect way to satisfy it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • we just picked up 4lbs of strawberries at the grocery store, YUMMMM! definitely going to try this ASAP. My mom even said there’s a pick-your-own about 30 minutes from us, so we are even more excited for strawberry season :)

  • Jennifer

    Yummy! I’ve seen a few combinations recently similar to this one. I guess it’s because it’s strawberry season! Never had a panini like this but I’m definitely willing to give it a try.

  • I want this tomorrow! Yum!

  • Strawberry+balsamic+goat cheese = my favorite food combination. Possibly ever.

  • This is so pretty and looks delicious!

  • This is one of my fab salad combinations. Love the idea of translating it into a sandwich!!

  • This looks absolutely delicious!!

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