Mediterranean Sandwich Recipe

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This Mediterranean sandwich recipe combines the comfort-food factor of the American grilled cheese sandwich with the deliciousness of Mediterranean flavors.

I’m not gonna lie, this one is kind of decadent. It has ooey-gooey, melty mozzarella with the tang of balsamic and the sweetness of apricots. It has big Mediterranean flavors and is comfort food at its best.

A stacked Mediterranean Sandwich on a cutting board with fresh basil leaves and dried apricots.

What Bread Is Best For A Mediterranean Sandwich?

Good choices are:

Pick a sturdy, whole-grain bread that is hearty and will hold up with a lot of toppings. Thin, flimsy bread will not hold this sandwich together.

An overhead view of a Mediterranean Sandwich stacked up on a wood cutting board.

What To Serve With A Mediterranean Sandwich?

Great sides for this sandwich would be:

Recipe Variations

Cheese

You can play around with any cheeses you prefer. The main thing to remember is you need at least one that is really good at melting and another that has plenty of flavor. Beyond that, you can use whatever cheeses you prefer.

Pesto

You can spread basil pesto on the inside of the sandwich bread slices. Particularly if it’s a time of year when you can’t get fresh basil.

Dried Fruits

You can play around with the dried fruits you use. Pick your favorite. Almost any dried fruit will work here.

A Mediterranean Sandwich, stacked up on a cutting board.

Cooking Options

This sandwich can be made in a few different ways.

  1. Fry it in a pan.
  2. Air fry it in an air fryer.
  3. Grill it on a grill – you’ll need to wrap the sandwich in foil or lay it on a sheet of foil on the grill and flip it as needed.
  4. In an oven – sandwich it between two cookie sheets for the best results.

Top Recipe Tip

Serve this immediately after cooking. This is when it tastes best.

A stacked up Mediterranean Sandwich with fresh basil leaves and dried apricots on the side.

About The Ingredients

Whole-grain bread – A hearty, whole-grain bread tastes best. Try to find bread without added sugar.

Fresh mozzarella – You can purchase a “log” of mozzarella and slice it yourself or purchase it pre-sliced.

Crumbled feta cheese – Get a feta with great flavor. Mild cow feta doesn’t tend to add much flavor here. You’ll want a stronger feta, which is often a goat or sheep feta. I find the best-tasting feta is one that is a combination of goat and feta.

Kalamata olives: I buy a jar of pre-sliced olives, but you can slice your own in a pinch. Cutting them in half lengthwise is also an option. Just make sure you remove any seeds if you purchase whole olives.

Dried apricots – Look for apricots with no added sugar and minimal ingredients. The best place to find good-quality dried apricots is usually a local health food store or Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s may have good ones, too, though I’ve never purchased them there.

Fresh basil leaves – You can omit this, but I don’t recommend it. They add wonderful flavor.

Balsamic vinegar – You can use regular balsamic vinegar or a balsamic glaze if you can find one without added sugar.

Extra virgin olive oil – Use a good quality oil.

Salt

Ground black pepper

Butter – For grilling

How To Make A Mediterranean Sandwich

Mediterranean Sandwich Recipe ingredients gathered on a cutting board.

Gather, measure, and prep all your ingredients.

Prepare The Mixture

A white bowl filled with fillings for this Mediterranean Sandwich.

In a bowl, combine the shredded parmesan, crumbled feta cheese, sliced Kalamata olives, dried apricots, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil. Mix well.

Assemble The Sandwich

Sandwich filling, sliced mozzarella, and buttered slices of whole grain bread on a cutting board.

If you are grilling, air frying, or frying the sandwich, you’ll want to butter the outsides of the bread so they toast nicely.

Sliced mozzarella pieces on a piece of whole grain bread next to a bowl of sandwich filling.

Lay down three slices of mozzarella for each sandwich.

A slice of whole-grain bread with mozzarella slices and sandwich filling piled on top.

Spoon half the mixture on top of that and top with the remaining slice of bread. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat.

Serve

A stacked up Mediterranean Sandwich with fresh basil leaves and dried apricots on the side.

Once the sandwiches are grilled to perfection, remove them from the pan. Allow them to cool for a minute or two, then slice them in half diagonally and serve.

Storage

While I highly recommend eating this right away, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. But again, it tastes best if eaten immediately.

Freezing

Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.

Reheating

To reheat a cold sandwich, you can microwave it to heat it up. Another option is to reheat it in the oven. I don’t recommend reheating on a stovetop because you risk burning the already-cooked bread.

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A stacked Mediterranean Sandwich on a cutting board with fresh basil leaves and dried apricots.

Mediterranean Sandwich Recipe

A delicious sandwich with Mediterranean flavors that makes a full and hearty meal.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings/sandwiches
Calories: 649kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices whole-grain bread (no sugar added)
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella (each about a ¼-inch thick)
  • ¼ cup crumbled fetta
  • ¼ cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup sliced, dried apricots (no sugar added)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped, fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • butter (if grilling)

Instructions

Prep

  • Gather, measure, and prep all your ingredients.
    Mediterranean Sandwich Recipe ingredients gathered on a cutting board.

Prepare The Mixture

  • In a bowl, combine the shredded parmesan, crumbled feta cheese, sliced Kalamata olives, dried apricots, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil. Mix well.
    A white bowl filled with fillings for this Mediterranean Sandwich.

Assemble The Sandwich

  • If you are grilling, air frying, or frying the sandwich, you'll want to butter the outsides of the bread so they toast nicely.
    Sandwich filling, sliced mozzarella, and buttered slices of whole grain bread on a cutting board.
  • Lay down three slices of mozzarella for each sandwich.
    Sliced mozzarella pieces on a piece of whole grain bread next to a bowl of sandwich filling.
  • Spoon half the mixture on top of that and top with the remaining slice of bread. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat.
    A slice of whole-grain bread with mozzarella slices and sandwich filling piled on top.

Serve

  • Once the sandwiches are grilled to perfection, remove them from the pan. Allow them to cool for a minute or two, then slice them in half diagonally and serve.
    A stacked up Mediterranean Sandwich with fresh basil leaves and dried apricots on the side.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1268mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1466IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 640mg | Iron: 3mg

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