Strawberry Panini with Arugula and Goat Cheese

by Shawnda on May 9, 2012

in Fruit,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas,Strawberries,Vegetarian

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… read them below or add one }

1 Kristy May 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

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?

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2 John May 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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.

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3 Samantha May 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

you are missing the 8th wonder of the world…

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4 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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

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5 Rachel May 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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!

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6 Ann P. May 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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 :)

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7 Jennifer May 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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.

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8 Katrina May 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I want this tomorrow! Yum!

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9 Joanne May 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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

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10 Zee May 10, 2012 at 2:13 am

This is so pretty and looks delicious!

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11 Ali @ Gimme Some Oven May 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

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

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12 Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

This looks absolutely delicious!!

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