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Make life delicious with this turkey pesto sandwich! It’s a simple carved turkey sandwich with provolone, pesto and sundried tomatoes. Lunch just got a whole lot better. You can even make a chicken pesto sandwich instead!

So, do lunches get a little boring for you guys some days? My husband and I both work from home, so we have the benefit of not having to pack a lunch, but this also means we end up eating leftovers on most days; however, sometimes those leftovers do not seem all that exciting!

You know what’s better than leftovers? A warm, toasty, flavorful sandwich! Since we don’t often have pre-cooked meat in the fridge for said sandwich, we’ll often keep it a veggie sandwich or make one using deli meats. Then, we discovered store-bought oven-roasted carved turkey breast! Our sandwich game has been UPPED with this turkey pesto sandwich!

turkey pesto sandwich

Ingredients For Turkey Pesto Sandwich

All you need to make this turkey sandwich is:

  • carved turkey breast
  • provolone cheese
  • bacon
  • pesto
  • sundried tomatoes
  • your favourite bread
  • unsalted butter

Turkey Breast: Use leftover holiday turkey or a good quality turkey deli meat. If you are working with chicken instead of turkey, that’s fine too! Make a delicious chicken pesto sandwich instead following these same directions!

Bread: We love using thick sliced sourdough bread for this sandwich, but you can use any type of bread.

Bacon: I have used turkey bacon. in this sandwich as well as regular bacon. If you prefer to skip the bacon, you can leave that out too!

Cheese: Feel free to swap the provolone cheese for something else. It’s all up to you!

Pesto: You can use store-bought pesto, or make your own. Try my favourite walnut basil pesto recipe.

Instructions For Turkey Pesto Sandwich

1. If you’re using the bacon, start by frying it up in a pan, then remove it to a plate and blot the excess grease off.

2. Spread the pesto on both slices of bread, then top one half with turkey breast, followed by the bacon, the cheese, and sundried tomatoes. Place the other half of the bread on top, and smear it with butter.

3. Place the buttered side of the sandwich down on a heated griddle or skillet, and smear the top half of the sandwich with butter. Fry the sandwich for a few minutes, before carefully flipping and frying on the other side, until golden and brown. 

Pro Tip: I like to cover the skillet with a lid while cooking the sandwich to ensure the cheese gets nice and melty!

turkey pesto sandwich

Serve the sandwich up immediately! It’s the best when it’s all toasty and warm!! I’ve got a few salads and soups below that you should think about pairing this sandwich with.

Can You Use Leftover Turkey for This Sandwich?

This is the PERFECT sandwich for using any leftover turkey breast you might have from a holiday gathering. If you slice the meat thin, it works so well in this sandwich. While I’m generally a fan of dark turkey meat, I like to use the white turkey breast meat for this sandwich.

I would recommend using thinly sliced turkey, rather than a large chunk or chunks of meat. It will work better when grilling and flipping the sandwich, so the meat doesn’t fall out!

If you don’t have any leftover turkey on hand, we like to use a good quality, packaged deli meat like this carved turkey breast from Lilydale.

turkey pesto sandwich
turkey pesto sandwich

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Serving Suggestions and Similar Sandwiches

This turkey pesto sandwich is great all on its own, or you can pair it with a salad! I highly suggest pairing this sandwich with my roasted corn and chickpea salad!

You can also make a chicken pesto sandwich keeping everything else the same but using roasted chicken breast (sliced thinly) or a good quality chicken deli meat!

This sandwich goes well with any of the following soup & salad ideas!

I also have a few other turkey sandwiches on the blog, including:

Also, if you like pesto you have to try my easy pesto chicken!

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turkey pesto sandwich

Turkey Pesto Sandwich

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich 1x


Make life delicious with this turkey pesto sandwich! It’s a simple carved turkey sandwich with provolone, pesto and sundried tomatoes. Lunch just got a whole lot better.


  • 2 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 34 tbsp pesto sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 100g oven roasted turkey breast, sliced thinly*
  • 24 slices of bacon, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 large sundried tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp (60 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature divided


  1. Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Place two slices of sourdough, side by side on a cutting board. On both slices of sourdough, spread the pesto evenly.
  2. On one slice, top with the cooked turkey breast, followed by the bacon, provolone cheese, and sundried tomatoes. Place the second slice of sourdough on top.
  3. Smear the top of the sandwich with 1 tablespoon of butter, and then place that side of the sandwich down on the large griddle or skillet. Smear the remaining tablespoon of butter over the top. Toast the sandwich in the pan until golden brown and the cheese begins to melt, about 4-5 minutes per side. Place a lid on top of the pan while cooking to speed up the cheese melting. Enjoy immediately!

Leftover sandwiches can be kept for 1-2 days in the refrigerator, in an airtight container.


*Swap the turkey breast for chicken breast and make a chicken pesto sandwich instead!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: sandwiches
  • Method: pan fried
  • Cuisine: american
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*Note* this post was originally published in 2019. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains generally the same.

Turkey Pesto Sandwich

About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. This is one yummy looking sandwich, and since I am a big fan of Lilydale products, I will be making this very soon. Thanks, Katherine, for a great recipe!

  2. I’m sitting here drinking my coffee, and while I should be thinking about breakfast food, all I’m thinking about is this sandwich. We buy Lilydale turkey all the time, and use it for sandwiches and salads. I need to add this sandwich to the list to try. Sourdough and pesto sound brilliant with it!

    1. I totally think this qualifies as breakfast food, too! Just call it a breakfast sandwich, haha! Thank you Leanne!

  3. First of all, so jealous that you get to work at home and don’t have to pack a lunch – lucky you! Secondly, I LOVE this sandwich! I’m all about HOT sandwiches and will be trying this on my ‘work at home’ day (I feel lucky to get one a week)! 🙂

    1. Yeeees it is definitely one of the perks!!! I love being able to just eat leftovers at home! HOT sandwiches are totally where it’s at, Terri! Thanks pal!! Enjoy your day off 🙂

  4. I guess working from home has its perks. (I mean, aside from being able to wear comfy clothes and having a never-ending supply of fresh brewed coffee within walking distance, that is.)
    Love the combination of flavours you’ve used here, most especially that gooey melted cheese. Delicious!

    1. The fresh brewed coffee and wearing tights all day will NEVER get old, haha. Thanks Isabelle! I am all about that melty cheese too!!

  5. This is DIVINE! Even with a few changes it was mouthwatering good. I omitted the bacon to save time (next time I might throw some in the air frier) and even used some keto bread to lower the carb count! Super quick prep and delish. Saved this to my Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.💞