Main Dishes Recipes

Ham and Cheese Panini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Spread

April 29, 2018

A while back I posted a recipe for Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip. I asked my friend “The Idea Goddess” if she had tried it yet but, she said she was waiting for a special occasion. The thing is, you can use this dip for all sorts of things. You’ll just have to check back to read about all of them. Here, though, is my first installment of Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip more ways than you might think.

Ham and Cheese Panini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Spread

Ham and Cheese Panini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Spread

You know how a little green on a sandwich is a good thing? A couple of lettuce leaves gives a nice crunch but let’s face it, it’s really is not much green. However, if you have a batch of this dip in your fridge, you have a very healthy sandwich spread. Just check out all the vitamin A in a 1/4 cup serving of the dip. The nutritional values are here courtesy of You can use the little drop down to see the values for one 1/4 cup serving.

You know how spinach and ham love each other. Well, at least I think they do. So here is what’s for lunch. Some Rosemary Bread made with a bit of olive oil, deli ham and for a bit of extra melty cheesiness (Is that is a real word? If it’s not it should be.) a slice of Swiss. And, for the heathy green, Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Dip.

Panini Ingredients

Ham, Swiss cheese, spinach dip for the spread


Ok, spread a nice thick helping of the “dip” on both sides of the bread. Place your meat and cheese on one slice. Put your sandwich together and spread a thin coating of olive oil or butter on the outside of both slices. I am still on the fence as to which one I like better, olive oil or butter. I think you get a bit more golden toastiness (yup, not a real word either) from the butter. Now, if you have a Panini Maker, get it nice and hot and toast that baby until the cheese is melted and the outside is crisp and golden. If you don’t have a Panini Maker, just toast it using a hot cast iron skillet, a grill pan or a non-stick skillet. It’s all good.


Butter or olive oil on the outside to give a nice golden crust.


Now, bite into that sandwich. First there is the crispy crunch of the toasted bread. Next the gooey melted Swiss cheese and the salty sweet ham. Then you get the creamy texture from the dip. A bit of tart acid from the sun dried tomatoes and saltiness from the Asiago cheese. This is a hearty meal that will keep you going all afternoon.



Spinach Dip Ham and Cheese Panini

Use spinach and sun dried tomato "dip" for this ham and cheese panini as a heathy alternative to other spreads. 

Servings 1 sandwich


  • 2 slices bread, I like an artisian one like rosemary with olive oil
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 2 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp spinach and sun dried tomato dip see recipe at


  1. Spread inside of both slices of bread with spinach dip

  2. Add ham and cheese to sandwich

  3. Close sandwich and spread butter or olive oil on the outside of both slices

  4. Toast sandwich in panini maker until cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown and nicely toasted. If you don't have a panini maker, toast sandwich on both sides in a hot cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet




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  • Laurie May 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    5 stars
    This is a really great sandwich, healthy and satisfying. The pesto isn’t hard to make, and once it’s done, it can be used to make sandwiches in a few minutes. I could also see using the pesto on other things — eggs, meat. I think it would be great on steak. Yum.

    • May 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Steak would be good I think. Glad you are finding lots of uses for it. I need to do a post for the frittata I make with it.

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