The mix of the savory cream cheese, sweet pear, and crunchy toasted nuts in this fruit sandwich is a unique yet delicious flavor combination.
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.
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 nuts, 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 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 nuts 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 fruit sandwich into an epic breakfast, swap out the bread for a cinnamon raisin bagel and dig in.
Read more: Try using Homemade Labneh instead of cream cheese in this fruit sandwich!
Looking for more vegetarian sandwich recipes?
Outside of these pear fruit sandwiches, here are a few more of our favorite vegetarian sandwich recipes:
- Ultimate Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich
- 5-Minute Pesto Arugula Breakfast Sandwich
- Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich
- Radish and Egg Salad Sandwiches
- Vegan BLT Sandwich
- Greek Pita Sandwiches
- Mediterranean Loaded Veggie Sandwich
- Vegetarian BLT Sandwich with Tempeh Bacon
This pear fruit sandwich recipe is…
The mix of the savory cream cheese, sweet pear, and crunchy nuts in this fruit sandwich is a unique yet delicious flavor combination.
- 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.
- Core and thinly slice the pears.
- Toast the bread slices.
- 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.)
- 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
About the Authors
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 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.