Vegetable Panini on the Grill

By Maria Lichty

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We love making panini! We have a panini maker that we LOVE, but since it is summer we decided to try them on the grill. I put grilled zucchini, yellow squash, onions, roasted red pepper, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, fresh basil and a balsamic glaze on mine. Josh loaded his with veggies, turkey, and cheese. I love customized sandwiches:)

The panini started out HUGE but we smashed them down to compact sandwiches full of flavor and goodness! I loved using the grill for our panini. Yes, they were delicious and nutritious, but the best part was eating outside in the summer sun!



Panini on the Grill

Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread-we buy ours at a local bakery. You can use whatever crusty, hearty bread you like. We brushed our bread with balsamic vinegar and grilled it briefly before putting on our panini fillings.

Grilled Veggies-we used grilled zucchini, yellow squash, and onions. I brushed them with balsamic and grilled them on both sides for a couple of minutes.

I also added roasted red peppers, artichokes, fresh spinach leaves, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil. Josh added turkey and cheese.

Place panini directly on grill. Use a heavy pan to press down the panini. Cook for a couple minutes. Flip sandwich and press again. Cook for another couple of minutes. It’s that easy!



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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love sandwiches on the grill. The texture it gives the bread and the flavor that permeates the sandwich is always unparalleled.

  2. Hi Maria,
    You know, I have one of those presses (I think it's for bacon?) and I am going to use it this weekend on the grill!
    Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I bet it tasted great on the grill. My hubby is on a panini kick right now, he's gonna be mad he didn't think of this first!

  4. Great call to put the panini on the grill! Must have added a nice depth of flavour to the crust!
    Delicious idea, this is by far my favourite panino, with tons of veg!!!
    Lovely blog, it's nice to meet you 🙂

  5. Perfect summer time fare, that's for sure! Both sandwiches sound great, but yours, with all of those veggies sounds divine!

  6. What a great idea – to use the grill for paninis. The veggies on the sandwich sound outstanding.

  7. That panini looks great. I'm allergic to bread so I can't eat panini, but I'll pass the idea on to my sister. She loves veggie sandwhiches.

  8. Love the thought of making them on the grill. Never thought of that! Perfect for camping too! 🙂 You need to add a little cheese to yours too. It is a protein, right?

  9. I have a panini maker that I've never used before. Now I have a super yummy reason to try it! Thanks!

  10. I have a panini maker that I've never used before. Now I have a super yummy reason to try it! Thanks!

  11. Waaa, I want a panini maker!
    I know, I know, I can use my grill.

    These look like perfect summer food!

  12. WOW this looks definitely one very delicious veggie panini. It's lunchtime here and oh boy I could just take a bite of this right now soooo temptingly good mmmmm

  13. I don't have a panini maker but what you did is just fabulously creative!!!!!

  14. I don’t have a panini press, but I do have a grill! That looks lovely. And since we already always have homemade crusty bread at home, this could be a quick meal I can make without having to run to the store for any ingredients.

  15. Great idea to grill the panini! I will definitely have to try this. This looks as though it’s packed with fresh summertime veggies.

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