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Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Cilantro Pesto Recipe

“I first ate this sandwich while vacationing in Sedona, Arizona and fell in love with it. When I returned home, I developed this one that tastes just like the original.” —Carolyn Phenicie of Titusville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 20 min. + standing YIELD:4 servings


  • 2/3 cup packed fresh cilantro sprigs
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large sweet red peppers
  • 4 slices eggplant (1/2 inch thick)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split


  • 1. For pesto, place cilantro, parsley, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a small food processor; pulse until chopped. Add water and pine nuts; process until blended. While processing, slowly add oil.
  • 2. Grill peppers, covered, over medium heat 10-15 minutes or until skins are blistered and blackened, turning occasionally. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; let stand, covered, 20 minutes. Peel off and discard charred skin. Cut peppers in half; remove stems and seeds.
  • 3. Lightly spritz both sides of eggplant slices with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill, covered, over medium heat 3-5 minutes on each side or until tender. Top with peppers; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Grill, covered, 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted; remove from grill.
  • 4. Spread roll bottoms with pesto. Top with eggplant stacks and roll tops. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 310 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 755mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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