Recipe courtesy of
Show: Eat St.
25 min
15 min
1 serving


Arugula Walnut Pesto: 
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 pounds arugula
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup basil 
  • Salt and pepper, for sprinkling
Avocado Melt:
  • 2 slices thick whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • Crisp bacon, for topping, optional


For the arugula walnut pesto: Combine the Parmesan, walnuts, garlic and lemon zest in a food processor until smooth. Add the arugula, oil, basil amd lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper and process until smooth. Add water as needed to smooth the consistency. 

For the avocado melt: Smear the arugula walnut pesto on 1 side of each bread slice and top with the cheese. Toast the bread slices cheese-side on a hot grill until the cheese melts (tenting the bread helps to steam and cook faster). Top the slices with the avocado and bacon, if using. Close the sandwich and enjoy! 

Cook's Note

The pesto keeps for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.


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