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Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich

Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich is a perfect lunch! Make it gluten-free by using gluten-free sandwich bread and turn it into a grilled cheese by toasting the whole thing.
Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich with @udisglutenfree rye bread | #glutenfree #lunch #recipe

Deciding on what to eat for lunch is a daily conundrum for me.

Do salad for the umpteenth day in a row?

Am I feeling bloated and in need of a superfood anti-inflammatory smoothie?

Do I dare eat gluten-free cake or brownie batter from a recipe I’m testing?

Tough decisions!

But when the hankering for a fresh n’ messy sandwich arises, the answer is clear. The turkey, pesto, avocado combination is always so amazing.

Nothing revolutionary, but you guys it’s so magically delicious I can hardly justify eating any other sandwich. Unless it’s made out of Fruit Loops, in which case, a heated internal debate would ensue.

Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich with @udisglutenfree rye bread | #glutenfree #lunch #recipe
There are pesto options galore for this bad boy.

A classic basil pesto is always a choice option, or a vegan superfood kale pesto, roasted beet pesto, or even beet hummus are stellar selections.

When under a time crunch, a store-bought pesto is always bangarang.

Now for the cheese discussion. I used Havarti, but you can also go provolone, mozzarella, or even aged white cheddar. Smoked gouda? Any or all of the cheeses? Get on with your bad self!

I used Udi’s Gluten-Free Rye style bread, which has a subtle yet oh-so-inviting rye flavor, and makes a fantastic sandwich bread.

I like that the bread slices are small so I can resist the temptation to over-eat and stuff myself silly on the healthy sandwich situation.

Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich with @udisglutenfree rye bread | #glutenfree #lunch #recipe

When it comes to sandwiching goods, I like my bread to have a nice crisp on the outside, so I’m all about the pre-toast and cheese melt.

I don’t own a toaster, so I just stick the bread under the oven broiler for about 1.5 minutes until it’s nice and golden-brown. I then flip the bread over, add the slices of cheese, and put it back under the broiler until melted. BOOM! Crisp.

Sinking your teeth into this beautiful mess is a dreamscape. Don’t skimp on the cheese nor the pesto, you hear?!

Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich with @udisglutenfree rye bread | #glutenfree #lunch #recipe

Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich

Turkey Pesto Avocado Sandwich makes the most amazing, delicious lunch! Your co-workers will be jealous!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
1 Sandwich


  • 2 slices Gluten-Free Bread
  • 2 slices havarti cheese
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto sauce
  • 3 slices turkey deli meat
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced


  • Turn the oven on the high broil setting (or turn on the toaster oven if you have one)
  • Place bread on a baking sheet and lace baking sheet on the top rack in the oven. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bread is golden-brown and crispy.
  • Remove bread from oven, flip it over, and add cheese slices to each piece. Place sheet back in the oven and heat until melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Spread pesto sauce over each piece of bread, then layer with turkey and avocado. Cut sandwich in half and enjoy!


Serving: 1Sandwich - Calories: 610kcal - Carbohydrates: 37g - Protein: 31g - Fat: 41g - Fiber: 9g - Sugar: 5g
Course: Lunch, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy sandwich recipe, lunch recipes, Turkey pesto avocado sandwich
Servings: 1 Sandwich
Calories: 610kcal
Author: Julia
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Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

Friday 22nd of January 2016

Wow this combo looks absolutely divine! And the bread looks so good. I've never used this gluten free brand. I love it ;-)

rachel @ athletic avocado

Thursday 21st of January 2016

This is simple, yet delicious! I love my turkey sandwiches with honey mustard, avocado, tomato, onions, lettuce and pickles but this combo with pesto sounds even better!

Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Allergy Friendly Eats

Thursday 21st of January 2016

What a great combo! I love pesto on sandwiches! This looks like a great lunch for today! I have everything but the pesto...need to make some I guess. :)

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

This combo sounds amazing! And that bread looks so fluffy, you can't even tell it's gluten-free. I'm think there won't be much of an internal debate on what to eat for lunch from here on out. ;)

Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

I have all of these ingredients in my fridge right now and it's lunchtime! Totally making this! :D

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