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Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich with Red Onions and Rosemary

Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich with Red Onions and Rosemary

I eat lunch at my desk Monday through Thursday.  I usually pack cottage cheese or yogurt, veggies, fruit, and whole grain crackers. Not that exciting, but it gets me through the day.

On Fridays, I like to make myself a “special” lunch. It is my day off and my day to eat lunch at home. I usually make salad, soup, or a veggie hummus sandwich.  Nothing too complicated, but tasty. I recently created a new favorite sandwich-Grilled Cheese and Pear with Red Onions and  Fresh Rosemary.

My pears were starting to brown-that is what inspired my sandwich. I used Bosc pears-I sliced them and brushed them with a little agave nectar. Next, I  grilled them on our All Clad grill pan. I wasn’t about to go outside in the snow and grill:) I also grilled up some red onions. I toasted a Sandwich Thin to be the base of my sandwich-if you haven’t tried these, you must! They are my favorite.

I spread each thin half with Light Laughing Cow Cheese-again, if you haven’t tried this cheese, I highly recommend it:) You can use brie or your favorite cheese-I was trying to keep it healthy. I put a few fresh spinach leaves on my sandwich for color and extra nutrition. I then layered the pear slices, grilled red onions, and fresh rosemary.

The combination was marvelous! Grilling the pears with a little agave really brought out the sweetness. The cheese added a nice savory touch, while the onions and rosemary provided the perfect punch of flavor. I might be making this sandwich every Friday:)

Treat yourself to a special lunch and make this sandwich. It is easy, healthy, and incredibly tasty!


Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich with Red Onions and Rosemary

Yield: 1 sandwich


1 Bosc pear, sliced
Agave nectar, to brush on pear slices, just a little bit
Red onion slices
1 Sandwich Thin
1 Light Laughing Cow cheese wedge
Spinach leaves
Fresh Rosemary


1. Heat the grill pan. Brush the sliced pears lightly with agave nectar. I used a pastry brush to do this. A little goes a long way. Grill the pears and red onion slices on the hot pan. Turn the pears over once one side is done cooking. This won't take long.

2. Toast the Sandwich Thin. Spread each half with the Light Laughing Cow cheese. Add the spinach leaves.

3. When the pears and onions are done grilling-place them on the sandwich. Add a sprinkle of fresh rosemary. Eat and Enjoy!

If you like this sandwich, you might also like:

Veggie Hummus Sandwich from Two Peas and Their Pod
Portobello Mushroom Sandwich from Two Peas and Their Pod
Prosciutto, Pear, and Goat Cheese Panini from Love and Olive Oil
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Pear from Simply Recipes

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79 Responses to “Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich with Red Onions and Rosemary”

  1. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — January 20, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    I love the idea of this sandwich. The sweet/savory thing is always a hit with me. It is such a healthy meal. I have never tried the Sandwich Thins, I would like those….gotta get me some! Smart of you to use the Laughing Cow….lightens things up, but it has a lot of flavor and it makes you feel full.

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 20, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    Oh, this looks sooo good! I love pairing fruit with my grilled cheese sandwiches!

  3. Erica — January 20, 2010 @ 6:00 am

    Apples and Pears both go so well with cheese! This just looks like such a pretty and tasty lunch :) Love it!

  4. Elle — January 20, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    What great flavors you have going on here, Maria! I’d happily eat that any day. Pretty photos, too!

  5. Meghan — January 20, 2010 @ 6:34 am

    This is such a beautiful sandwich! The colors are great, and you present it so nicely :)

  6. Megan — January 20, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches with thin slices of pear. I never thought about adding rosemary or red onions though — thanks for the awesome idea. I’m sure it kicks up the flavor nicely!

  7. Barabara Bakes — January 20, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    The roasted pear looks heavenly on this yummy sandwich!

  8. megan — January 20, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    I love brie with apples or pears on a toasted sandwich but grilling them with the agave is brilliant. Love the added onions and spinich. I gotta go shopping! 😉

  9. sugarlens — January 20, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Interesting combination. I would never to think fruits in a sandwich. Oh, and how lucky are you to get 3-day weekends all the time!

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 20, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    This looks so good! We love Arnold sandwich thins, they are really the only ‘buns’ we use. So tasty.

  11. Divina — January 20, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    What a great combination of ingredients. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  12. dawn — January 20, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    now that’s a good lunch! I get bored with my hummus too. must try this!

  13. susan from food blogga — January 20, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    I love to add fruit to a savory grilled cheese, so this sandwich is impossibly appealing to me!

  14. stephchows — January 20, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    This is a glamorous lunch indeed! MMM every part of it sounds amazing!

  15. kat — January 20, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Oh, I love that sandwich. If I had everything on hand that would be my lunch today!

  16. Kristen — January 20, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    This looks so amazing…I love pears and I bet they are just perfect on that sandwich!

  17. Manggy — January 20, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    That looks really good (though will you penalize me for adding honey mustard? 😉 I love the stuff with chicken :)

  18. Connie Weiss — January 20, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    That sounds just wonderful…especially if there were some brie on it!

  19. Rosa — January 20, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    A marvelous sandwich! Nice combo!



  20. food librarian — January 20, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    I just bought some sandwich thins and they are quite tasty! This sandwich looks lovely. What a great photo too!! – mary

  21. Dana — January 20, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    Looks delicious Maria! I love pears in savory cooking. Maybe you would gain weight if you ate more than yogurt and vegetables for lunch four days a week. Just saying. :)

  22. Kitchen Monki Dan — January 20, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    lovely looking sandwich, especially on that plate… like a little bit of sunshine for the day!

  23. Bridgett — January 20, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Wow, this sounds like a delicious combination. Very inventive, Maria.

  24. Laura — January 20, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    Sounds yummy and healthy. I’ve been wanting to try out those sandwich thins. Also, love laughing cow cheese.

  25. msmeanie — January 20, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    Thank you for your comment on my blog! This sandwich looks/sounds amazing! I love the combination of flavors. Rosemary and pears sounds fantastic!

  26. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — January 20, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    love fun sandwiches like this! great combo!!!

  27. grace — January 20, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    i’m all about the rosemary love these days, and it sounds like the perfect herb for this sandwich. what an elegant creation!

  28. Johanna B — January 20, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Today is my first time reading your blog. I found it from a comment you left on Tina’s Trading Up grocery shopping post. Your sandwich sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try it even though I’ll have to have in on gluten-free bread.

  29. Pam — January 20, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    What a beautiful and gourmet sandwich. YUM!

  30. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — January 20, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    That looks beyond awesome!! Those are all my favorite salad flavors–but in a sandwich—yummm!!!!

  31. Esi — January 20, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I love those sandwich thins and the filling for this sandwich looks amazing!

  32. Nadia @ for the love of yum — January 20, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Oh how nice, Maria! Gorgeous lunch! I’m sure your co-workers were soooo jealous! I love the combination of pears and cheese. I have that same All-clad grill pan, love it!

  33. The Food Hunter — January 20, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    This sounds interesting…

  34. Susan — January 20, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    This sounds delicious and so healthy! I love the combination of flavors. Thanks so much for your visit to my blog!

  35. Holly — January 20, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    It looks so pretty and yummy at the same time – great creation! I’m glad you get a day where you can do something a little more special than the norm.

  36. Cookin' Canuck — January 20, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Great flavors in this sandwich, Maria and your photo is lovely.

  37. Live.Love.Eat — January 20, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    Ooooh, this looks delicious Maria. I would Luuuuurve this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Jen L. — January 20, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    This looks wonderful! My husband has to see this recipe. Then maybe he’ll stop making fun of me for putting apples on my grilled cheese sandwich!

  39. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — January 20, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    I love the flavor combination, what a great snack!! I will have to give this a try!

  40. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — January 20, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    That looks so tasty! Rosemary and pear go so well together!

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