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The very best Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich. Crusty ciabatta bread sandwiched with homemade Caesar, basil pesto, provolone and Havarti cheese, and deli-cut turkey. The sandwich is then baked until toasted and melty, then topped with avocado and even more dressing. It’s every bit as DELICIOUS as it sounds, and it’s perfect for game day, too!

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich |

I don’t share many sandwich recipes, but when I do, I’m always very excited about them! This started out as something on a smaller scale, but then, as the idea grew in my head, it became this delicious dinner-style sandwich complete with melted cheese and the most delicious homemade Caesar dressing.

When I set out to make this, I knew I wanted to include sun-dried tomatoes. In the winter, I love using these in place of fresh tomatoes. I often find them even more delicious, too.

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich |

I’ve used them in countless recipes, from Italian pasta to creamy crockpot chicken to gnocchi. Sun-dried tomatoes really are one of my favorite ingredients.

I really love the combination of sun-dried tomatoes and basil, so pesto was another must-have for this recipe. Then turkey for protein, and the rest just fell into place.

I made a quick homemade creamy Caesar dressing with a tahini base, then layered everything together. It turned out so yummy!

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich |

Some Details

Step 1: make the dressing

You can easily buy the Caesar dressing from the store, but I love my homemade dressing so much more. It uses tahini (or try mayo) in place of raw eggs, so it’s much easier and quicker to make. And I think it tastes better, too!

Blend the tahini with lemon juice, dijon, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese (the secret). Then add water to thin it out again. Yum.

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Step 2: assemble

Begin assembling the sandwich. I use ciabatta bread, but fresh focaccia bread would be yummy too!

Slice the loaf in half lengthwise, then, working with the bottom piece first, spread on a bit of dressing and all of the basil pesto. Then layer with sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoncini, deli-cut turkey, Havarti, and provolone cheese.

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Step 3: bake

Once you have everything layered up on the bottom piece of bread, throw the pan in the oven to get the sandwich warm and the cheese melted.

When the cheese is melted, pull the pan out of the oven. Add the slices of avocado and broccoli sprouts, add the dressing, and finish with the top piece of bread. I like to bake for 5-10 minutes more to get the sandwich nice and toasty.

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Step 4: enjoy warm and melty

Pull the sandwich out of the oven, then simply slice and serve. The sandwich is best when the cheese is warm and melty. Enjoy with your favorite chips – I feel like chips really round out the sandwich experience. Or maybe a side of healthy greens, or both!

I love all the colors, the flavors, and the ingredients hidden within this stacked-up veggie turkey cheese sandwich!! This one is fun! It would be great for playoff games and the upcoming Super Bowl!

Whenever you decide to serve this, it’s delicious. I could not love it more!

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich |

Looking for other winter recipes? Here are a few ideas:

Skillet White Pesto Marry Me Chicken and Orzo

Crockpot Spicy Queso Beef Chili

Party Size Italian Melt

Havarti Avocado Sandwich with Spicy Mayo

Lemony Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

Lastly, if you make this Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Turkey Sandwich

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 640 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.




  • 1. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Thin as needed with cold water (using up to 1/3 cup water). Taste and adjust the salt and pepper.
    2. To make the sandwich. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lay the bread, cut side up, on a cutting board. Working with the top piece of ciabatta, pull out some of the insides to create a space for the filling. Spread the Caesar dressing over the bottom piece of bread, then add the basil pesto. Now add the sun-dried tomatoes and sliced pepperoncini. Layer the cheese and turkey on top and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
    3. Remove from the oven. Arrange the sliced avocado over the turkey. Add the sprouts, then drizzle with additional dressing. Add the top half of the ciabatta and gently push down on the sandwich. Bake another 5 minutes until toasted.
    4. Remove from the oven. Slice into six sandwiches. Serve and enjoy! 
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  1. 5 stars
    This sandwich was awesome and will become a staple dinner option in my house. We were invited to our friends for dinner and this is what was served. We couldn’t stop raving about this sandwich, and couldn’t stop eating. It was served with chips, of course, but also a side of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Perfect additions. The only thing that was substituted out was arugula fore the broccoli sprouts due to what was available, and I would say gave the sandwich an extra level of peppery flavor which we loved. ***** 5 stars

  2. Could I use broccoli rabe (rapini)? I’ve never used that before so I’m not sure how that would turn out in this recipe. My local stores do not have the broccoli sprouts. Or maybe you could recommend a different substitute?

  3. 5 stars
    So good!! Made this tonight for my husband and his friends having game night. They devoured these delicious sandwiches! HBH will always be a win in my house. These recipes are such a gift!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious!! I made this sandwich for lunch today, and it was perfect for a cold afternoon! (I skipped the pepperoncini and sprouts because I don’t love them.) The family gobbled it up! Thanks for another winner!

  5. I love your stuff, and am a huge HBH fan. And I would like to note that @itsaflavorfullife made this sandwich back in December. I feel like she deserves to be credited as your inspo for this! Feels unfair for your large account to take credit for a recipe from a smaller account who is making wonderful content.

    1. Wow, someone else made…a turkey sandwich? I know you freaks like to target T. every day for harassment, but this is just sad. You can’t think of anything better than this?

      A turkey sandwich?!

      Y’all are running low on content over there.

  6. We did a roasted turkey tenderloin, subbed roasted red pepper for the tomato, and added bacon.

    Out of this world.

  7. 5 stars
    Very nice recipe chef 👍👌👏. I just had it for lunch yummy 😋. Thank you for your effort 🌹🌞😎. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024 TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY 🎆🎇🎁

  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious. All your recipes, I love.So glad I am on this blog. Thank you. Yes.I have a couple of your cookbooks! And I love them.