Pear & Cheese Sandwich

The mix of the savory cream cheese, sweet fruit, and crunchy toasted nuts in this easy pear sandwich is a unique yet delicious flavor combination.

Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

Fancy food is nice, but what’s better than a delicious, easy sandwich recipe? And this one is totally intriguing. The mix of the savory cream cheese, sweet pear, and crunchy nuts is a unique yet delicious flavor combination! Try it as a healthy lunch idea for a desk lunch at the office, or a snack on the run. Somehow all the ingredients meld together perfectly to make for a light yet filling cheese and fruit sandwich.

Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

How to make this easy pear sandwich

Because this pear sandwich is so simple, getting the perfect ratio of ingredients is key. Here are some notes:

  • Make sure to slice the pear as thinly as you can.
  • Toast the notes (see below), then chop them roughly.
  • Slather on that cream cheese! You can also use labneh, a homemade yogurt cheese that’s very similar to creamy cheese.
  • You want each ingredient to complement one another without anything standing out. If you’d like something saltier or sweeter, add a pinch of salt to the cream cheese or a drizzle of honey.

This easy fruit sandwich can be used with thinly sliced bread (even cinnamon raisin bread) to make finger sandwiches and served alongside a pot of tea for a truly decadent experience. Or you can enjoy it alongside a salad. If served with soup, we recommend choosing something that’s more savory. To turn this pear fruit sandwich into an epic breakfast, swap out the bread for a cinnamon raisin bagel and dig in.

Toast the nuts: you’ll taste the difference!

The only real “cooking” part of this recipe is toasting the nuts. Toasting brings out a nuttiness and a crunch that heightens the flavor of this sandwich. You can use either toasted walnuts or toasted pecans: they both jive well with the flavors.

There are two basic methods for toasting nuts: on the stovetop and in the oven. No matter how you toast the nuts, you’ll know they’ve finished cooking when they’re beautifully fragrant.

Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

This pear fruit sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

Easy Pear Sandwich


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x

Description

The mix of the savory cream cheese, sweet fruit, and crunchy toasted nuts in this easy pear sandwich is a unique yet delicious flavor combination.


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Ingredients

  1. 8 slices bread (or Homemade Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, Artisan Bread or Dutch Oven Bread)
  2. 1/2 cup (or more) cream cheese or homemade labneh
  3. 2 ripe pears
  4. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  5. 1 cup alfalfa sprouts or other microgreens

Instructions

  1. Place the nuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Cook the nuts, stirring frequently, until they are golden and fragrant, around 5 minutes.
  2. Core and thinly slice the pears.
  3. Toast the bread slices.
  4. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on each bread slice. Sprinkle the nuts evenly over half of the bread slices. (To amp the salty or sweet flavors, add a pinch of salt to the sour cream, or a drizzle of honey.)
  5. Finish each sandwich with pear slices, alfalfa sprouts, and the remaining bread slice. Slice in half and serve.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fruit sandwich, Sandwich Ideas, Veggie Sandwich, Sandwich Recipes, Lunch Recipes, Lunch Ideas, Vegetarian Lunch Ideas, Healthy Lunch Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! I have never had such a sandwich, but I will, soon!

  • Reply
    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox
    October 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I agree. Nut toasting without the burning is tough. I bake them if I’m doing any sizable batch.
    This sandwich looks great! Very brunch food. Or dinner. Or after dinner. Yep, that’s a versatile sandwich. I’m saving this recipe!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    October 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I love the sound of this sandwich! Excellent combination of flavors.

  • Reply
    GreenGirl
    October 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    interesting combo
    I usually roast the nuts in the over with the door opened, somehow i learned over time how to do them right

  • Reply
    LimeCake
    October 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    i love pear and walnut and raisin. this is a fantastic, simple combination that always works!

  • Reply
    Kristi
    October 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    How did you make the table top that color?

  • Reply
    Olivia
    July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Seriously one of the BEST sandwiches ever! So simple yet SO good – thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Val
    June 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    could you use ricotta? instead of cream cheese?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      June 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      You absolutely could, great idea! I usually add a little salt to my ricotta before using it as a spread.

  • Reply
    Jean
    September 25, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    What are the calorie, fat, protein and carbs breakdown

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 25, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      The recipe is updated with the nutrition info!

  • Reply
    Angela
    January 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Loved this sandwich! Didn’t have the spouts at the store other than that I followed the recipe. Creamy, warm, little sweet and nutty. Yum. So glad I made it.

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