Pear & Walnut Fruit Sandwich

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

Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

Fancy food is nice, but there’s something so satisfying about a sandwich. With the number of possible bread and filling options, there’s almost an infinite amount of combinations to try (and I intend on trying at least half of those in my lifetime!). I’d been intrigued by the idea of a pear sandwich for a while, so the turning of the season made for a perfect excuse.  The mix of the savory cream cheese, sweet pear, and crunchy walnuts was outstanding – a unique yet delicious flavor combination. We really enjoyed the alfalfa sprouts as well; somehow all the ingredients melded together perfectly to make for a light, yet filling fruit sandwich. Keep reading for the recipe!

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Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

How to make this fruit sandwich

The hardest part of this recipe is toasting the nuts. About 97% of my nut toasting attempts end in disaster, so much so that Alex tries to steer me away from recipes that involve it. Luckily for the both of us, I met with success this time! If you struggle to toast nuts in a pan like I do, you can pop them into the oven at 350ºF for about 10 minutes. No matter how you toast the walnuts, you’ll know they’ve finished cooking when they’re beautifully fragrant and start sizzling (you might have to put your ear close to the nuts to hear it, but it’s there!).

Because this pear and walnut fruit sandwich is so simple, getting the perfect ratio of ingredients is key. Make sure to slice the pear as thinly as you can. The walnuts can be chopped roughly. And the cream cheese? Well, you can slather it on! 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 and walnut fruit sandwich into an epic breakfast, swap out the bread for a cinnamon raisin bagel and dig in.

Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

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Pear Walnut Fruit Sandwich

Pear and Walnut Fruit Sandwich


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread (use cinnamon raisin for a sweeter sandwich)
  • 1/2 cup (or more) tub-style cream cheese
  • 2 pears
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts

Instructions

  1. Place the walnuts 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 walnuts 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.

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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