Mediterranean Grilled Cheese

If you are looking for a quick, easy and tasty lunch then this Mediterranean Grilled Cheese is for you. This sandwich is loaded with pesto, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and goat cheese sandwiched between a rustic roll and pressed until the cheese is melty. It’s my new favorite sandwich, friends, and I think it’ll be at the top of your list too.

Ryan and I got rid of cable a little over a year ago and sometimes I sure do miss it. Not so much having endless channels of not much on, but man oh man do I miss the Food Network. And love Guy Fieri or not,  Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is a pretty fun show.It is actually where I got the idea for this Mediterranean Grilled Cheese.

I was watching an episode that featured the restaurant Blunch in Boston. All of the sandwiches looked amazing, but the pressed sandwich with goat cheese, pesto and olives was just screaming my name. Since I won’t be getting to Boston any time soon to give it a try, I thought that I would make a version myself.

I wanted it to have tons of flavor but at the same time be really easy to make so for this Mediterranean Grilled Cheese sandwich all you have to do is chop the olives, put the sandwich together and grill it. I used store bought pesto, goat cheese and a jar of roasted red bell peppers. We’re talking 10 – 15 minutes to a super satisfying tasty lunch or dinner.

mediterranean grilled cheese

And if you’re trying to work a few meatless meals into your week like we are, then this sandwich is perfect!

Mediterranean Grilled Cheese

Mediterranean Grilled Cheese Recipe

Makes 4 sandwiches Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper slices
  • 1/4 cup store bought or homemade pesto
  • 4 rolls such as cibatta or other rustic bread roll, halved lengthwise



To make a sandwich, spread pesto onto bread, top with olives, red peppers and goat cheese.


Place sandwiches in a pan, place aluminum foil on top and then top with another heavy bottomed skillet to press the sandwiches. You can also do this in a panini maker. Cook on medium heat for 2 - 3 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese has melted. Serve.



  • What an awesome twist on a grilled cheese!!

  • Oh my goodness, this sandwich looks to die for! Did you know Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is on Netflix? In fact, Netflix has been coming out with more and more food-centric shows lately. I wish I could get my wife on board for dropping cable!

  • Lemons for Lulu

    I love a good sandwich! Mediterranean flavors always win me over!

  • Beth B

    We don’t have cable either but I still manage to waste my time somehow.. haha :)

  • I’ve never seen that show! And what a fun grilled cheese. Way more exciting than the kind I usually make!

  • Carrie R

    I have to say that I am NOT a huge Guy fan, but I do find myself being sucked into that show here and there. ;) This grilled cheese looks amazing! Love the roasted red peppers & olives in this!