Pickled Beets Grilled Panini with Apples, Goat Cheese, and Basil

Pickled Beet Panini with Goat Cheese, Apple, and Basil

This is one irresistible sandwich! Pickled beets, creamy goat cheese, fresh basil, and crunchy apple slices is a delightful combination. Add a drizzle of sweet local honey, and every bite of this sandwich filled with ooey gooey goodness will make you smile for days.

Pickled Beet, Goat Cheese, Apple, and Basil Panini

Are you a fan of grilled sandwiches? Me too. Grilled sandwiches are easy to make, yet they always seem fancy and "gourmet"! I use a mini cast iron panini pan with press that is perfect for creating delicious grilled paninis. If you don't have a panini maker or pan, no worries! You may toast (warm) bread in a skillet on low heat. Grilling the sandwich (with a panini pan and press or a skillet) on a lower temp will allow the apple slices time to roast, increasing their flavor. You may also throw the sliced apples on the panini pan for a few minutes before placing them in the sandwich. I love the taste of grilled fruit! 

Deliciously marinated in red wine vinegar and other seasonings, the pickled beets in this recipe are "Cut Beets" from Trader Joe's. If you can't locate pickled beets, you can easily make your own! One of my pickled beets recipes is shared below. Not a fan of pickled beets? Don't give up on beets! Roasted red beets or ready-to-eat packaged beets, like LoveBeets, are just as tasty in your favorite grilled panini. However, I must admit that the culinary combination of pickled beets with sweet apple, creamy and grassy goat cheese, and decadent honey does create a delightful experience for the taste-buds. If not using pickled beets, roasting raw red beets with some balsamic vinegar will also create a delicious combo of flavors. 

Cheers to deliciously grilled gourmet sandwiches, for a great price and made in the comfort of your own home. Yum! 

What are your favorite ways to grill paninis? I look forward to hearing from you! 

INGREDIENTS (makes two sandwiches)

  • 1/2-1 cup pickled beets, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 apple, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese/chevre (or more)
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh basil leaves
  • 4 slices bread*
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp honey 
  • salt and pepper to taste

*A panini can be made with any bread you prefer. Some breads, however, will be more delicate than others. For this recipe, I used Ezekiel Sesame Flourless Sprouted Grain Bread. It was delicious, but flourless bread is sometimes more crumbly when grilling.

Optional Ingredients

  • balsamic vinegar
  • fig butter
  • arugula
  • turkey bacon
  • Tofurky Tempeh (bacon)
  • pear


1. Drain 1/2-1 cup pickled beets. Thinly slice beets. 

2. Spread goat cheese on all four slices of bread. On two slices of bread, top goat cheese with beets, apple slices, and basil. Drizzle with honey. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Add the remaining two slices of bread to form sandwiches. 

4. Lightly drizzle olive oil or a dash of clarified butter on bread sides that will be facing the grill. This will create a crispier grilled sandwich. 

5. Cook sandwiches in either a panini press or skillet. Panini Press: Preheat the press on low-medium heat (start low if your stove runs high). Add your sandwich and cook until golden and crisp, about 3-5 minutes. On the Stove: Preheat a skillet with butter or oil to low-medium heat. Add your sandwich, then place a heavy pan on top to weigh it down. Press and cook until golden and crisp, about 3-4 minutes per side. 

Serve toasty warm! 



  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 whole allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

In a saucepan, heat ingredients: cider vinegar, water, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 whole cloves, allspice, and salt. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour over raw beets (skins removed and sliced-if preferred) in a glass bowl or mason jar, and chill overnight for up to 1 week in refrigerator. 

I am a big fan of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar when pickling beets and also for other amazing health benefits. Apple Cider Vinegar has many uses and can be very beneficial for health issues, such as balancing blood sugar, boosting immunity, improving nutrient absorption, promoting healthy cholesterol, and aiding digestion. 

For more pickled beet recipes stop by "Pickled Heart Beets" for creating fun and delicious heart-shaped beets. "Shaped" pickled beets are great as toppings for tacos, in grilled sandwiches, and as a side-dish.


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