Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich with Apple, Cheddar, and Pesto

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Rated 5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich with Apple, Cheddar, and Pesto
Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich with Apple, Cheddar, and Pesto


  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 thin slices (store-bought or homemade) sandwich bread, lightly toasted
  • 8 slices roasted turkey
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 slices white Cheddar cheese
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup arugula


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Spread walnuts onto a baking sheet.
  3. Toast walnuts in preheated oven until fragrant, 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Puree toasted walnuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor until fully combined; slowly drizzle in olive oil until thinned.
  5. Arrange bread slices onto a baking sheet. Place 2 slices of turkey onto each bread slice; season with salt and pepper and top with Cheddar cheese.
  6. Cook in preheated oven until cheese has melted, 5 to 8 minutes; let cool slightly for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Lay apple slices onto melted cheese; top with arugula. Drizzle pesto over sandwiches to serve.
Mealthy tip:

To make these sandwiches vegetarian, Simply omit the turkey. Extra pesto will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, and it also freezes well. Make a double batch to have on hand for future lunches and dinners—toss it with pasta, put it on pizza, or spread on sandwiches!


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Jessica Scott says:

This turkey, apple and cheddar sandwich was really delicious, especially with the spicy arugula on top. The walnut pesto was also very flavorful! This is perfect for a quick, light lunch.

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Laura Griffin says:

These turkey sandwiches with apple, cheddar, and pesto were fantastic. I made these for my friend's baby shower and everyone loved them! Perfect for casual parties and get togethers.

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Dominique M says:

I like to make these open faced turkey sandwiches after I workout. I use gluten free bread, no cheese, no apple. The pesto is so good!

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Jordan Clark says:

For these sandwiches I just used a homemade basil pesto. I also used an arugula spring mix, so it had baby spinach in it too. The apple and cheddar pairing was delicious, great recipe.

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Santana Williams says:

Delicious sandwiches, made them vegetarian! The walnut pesto was really delicious, great texture and flavor. The spicy arugula with the sweet apples are such a winning combo too. Toasting the walnuts brought out a great flavor, such a smart move.