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Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich

July 28, 2014

Oh how much I love this Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich. I first had it at Pinewood Social here in Nashville and it’s been in my dreams ever since. The bad news? It’s no longer on the menu. Oh the horror! What a dream crusher to have this awesome sandwich once and never be able to have it again…until today! I made my best attempt at recreating it at home. It came really really really close, so I’m happy. It’s goat cheese, mint pesto, sprouts, and thinly sliced cucumbers and apples. It sounds like nothing spectacular, but trust me, it is. It’s perfect for when you’re craving something really flavorful, but not heavy.

Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich

So, how’s it taste?

Love my imitation sandwich! Below in the recipe area you’ll see I give you two versions of mint pesto. One is the full on, full fat, regular pesto with olive oil and cheese. The other is a healthier version that skips the cheese and oil. In trying to be healthy and save some calories, I used the healthier version. It was really good, but wasn’t quite spot on to the original at Pinewood. I think the key is using the pesto with cheese and olive oil. Take your pick!

Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich

This sandwich is so refreshing thanks to the crisp slices of cucumbers and apples. I used Fuji, but I think tart Granny Smiths would work wonderfully. You all know I’m a big fan of texture and you get a nice mixture here. Creamy goat cheese and crunch from the sprouts, cucumbers, and apples. The mint rounds it all out with more freshness. Another perfect sandwich for warm weather!

Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich

How was your weekend? Mine was awesome on Saturday. My mom came to visit and we went to the flea market where I scored a few more prop items. It’s become an addiction! I got this really cool old egg separator, metal juicer, ladle, and another set of measuring spoons. I’ve seen these measuring spoons for $10 bucks in antique stores and I’ve now bought two sets each for $1. Holla!

Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich

We also drove around Nashville looking at places for me to live. I’ve owned a condo for about eight years and I’ve been ready to move for about three, but thanks to the housing crash, I’ve been stuck. Now that the market is getting somewhat better, I’ve been working to fix the place up a bit and hopefully put it on the market soon. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.

Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich

Exciting because I cannot wait to move closer in to Nashville, but terrifying because it’s new and strange. There are things I’m looking forward to about being a renter like not paying for appliances or plumbing when there’s a problem, and being able to move if I don’t like it. Then there are things I’m going to miss. My garage being a huge one! Color on the walls, water dispenser in my fridge, glass stove top. Stupid little things that make me sad to lose. Plus I feel like I’m going at it a little backwards from owner to renter. And there’s the whole space issue. I’ll be downgrading in size and I’m looking around thinking “Where in the world is all this stuff going to fit?” I’ve got a few months before any of this gets in motion, but since I’m such a planner it’s so front and center in my mind right now. I’ll keep you posted and wish me luck!

Yield: 4 servings

Goat Cheese & Mint Pesto Sandwich


Mint Pesto (regular version)
1/2 cup roasted unsalted almonds (about 2 oz.)
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup finely grated pecorino cheese (about 2 oz.)
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
salt & pepper, to taste

Mint Pesto (healthier version)
2 cups mint
1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. walnuts
salt & pepper, to taste

8 slices wheat, flax, or multi-grain bread
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 cup sprouts
1 cucumber, very thinly sliced
2 apples, very thinly sliced


1. For the regular mint pesto, pulse almonds with garlic in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add cheese and the oil; process to a coarse paste. Add mint, and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper.

2. For the healthier mint pesto, using a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. To assemble the sandwiches, spread 2 tablespoons of goat cheese on 4 slices of bread. Top the goat cheese with about 1/4 sprouts for each slice. Next, on top of the sprouts, layer the cucumber and apple slices. Spread the mint pesto on the remaining 4 slices of bread and top sandwiches.

inspired by Pinewood Social

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  • Annie @Maebells July 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This is so fun! I love anything with cucumber, I could eat my weight in them! But the goat cheese+mint pesto, it sounds just heavenly!

  • cheri July 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Leah, sounds like you have some big changes coming up, wish you all the luck. Seems like you think everything out and are a great planner, so you should be fine, if not great!! Love everything about this sandwich, mint pesto oh yeah!

  • alexandra July 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I love love LOVE the idea of mint pesto + goat cheese. This is a must-make-soon kinda’ recipe.

    Did you slice your apples + cukes by hand? If so, girl, you need to get an award! Perfectly thin! Jealous of those skills.

    Good luck with the potential apt. search + home sellage! You should maybe look on the East side. This girl you might know, Amy (heh :)) and I are known to be awesome “neighbors” thanks to things like brownies magically showing up on your doorstep at 7 a.m. 🙂

  • Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat. July 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Girl, you know I am the queen of moving….and not by choice either. I’ll send you my tips and thoughts. (wink-wink).
    Anyhoo, this sandwich looks awesome. I’ve never had mint pesto, but it sounds fab!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Now you are talking! I LOVE goats cheese, but I also love that you have added some apple in to this. Apple and cheese go so well together.

  • mary @ minutes per mile July 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    good luck with the apartment search! i’m a fan of east nashville :). you should move here and share all of your lovely food photography props with me!! in return i will buy you endless jeni’s ice cream.

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    What a creative sandwich, Leah! I always love finding different types of sandwiches when I go out to eat. The combination of goat cheese and mint together sounds very intriguing! And good luck with your move! My husband and I are talking about maybe visiting Nashville in the fall, I’ve never been and it sounds amazing!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 29, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Leah, I wish you all the luck with the move. I am sure everything will be all right!
    Your sandwich looks AWESOME. Love you added mint pesto. Very clever 😉

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! July 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    The idea of mint pesto is totally blowing my mind! I love everything mint and am sure I would go nuts over this. This sandwich looks like a real winner!!!

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely July 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Best of luck to you with selling your place and moving closer to Nashville. I didn’t know you were in the Nashville area! That’s one city I’ve always wanted to visit! If I’m ever in the area, I’m calling you up!

    This sandwich sounds so yummy! I love the idea of using mint pesto!

    • Leah Short July 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      You should! It’s a pretty fun town and we have TONS of awesome restaurants. I can hardly keep up!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Leah, this looks sooooo good! I love the combination of flavors!

  • Kelly July 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Good luck with trying to sell your place and moving – hope everything goes smoothly 🙂
    This sandwich looks fantastic! Love the sound of the mint pesto with goat cheese!

  • Isadora July 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    How awful that they stopped selling it on the menu! That must have been such a disappointment! It looks like you did a great job re-creating it though, and it was probably also much cheaper to make at home. I love anything and everything with goat cheese and this sounds amazing!

  • Cailee @ July 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    YUM! This looks delicious!! What a great recipe! I love what you said about it being tasty… and flavorful, but not heavy!! YUMMY, healthy and satisfying! Win win win!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker July 30, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Mmmm, this sounds fantastic! Totally my type of light, bright, refreshing sandwich. Bookmarked to try! =)

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies July 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Never has a cold, vegetarian sandwich looked THIS delicious! Like, seriously. I’m always so jealous of meat-eater’s sandwiches because they look so thick and amazing, but this looks killer! Great job with the recipe and food styling — I’m in awe of these! Teach me your sandwiching ways.

    • Leah Short July 31, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Ha ha! Thanks so much for the sweet compliment, Kelly!

  • Lesley Eats August 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Oohh, I don’t know about the mint part, but the rest of this sandwich sounds really tasty! I’d probably do an arugula pesto instead. Just not a mint person. 🙂

  • Catherine @ Making Meal Time August 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I just found you blog and am looking forward to trying your recipes. I love Pinewood Social and this looks delicious. I linked to it on my blog today. Good luck on the move!!

    • Leah Short August 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Catherine! Thanks so much for stopping by and for including me on your blog!