A Yummy Grilled Turkey, Cheese and Slaw Panini

This grilled sandwich is not your typical turkey sandwich.  It’s really sensational.  Inspired by a grilled Reuben, I’m using turkey instead of pastrami and homemade crunchy coleslaw instead of sauerkraut.  The bread is still spread with my skinny Thousand Island dressing and topped with reduced-fat cheese.  My skinny Panini has 398 calories and 14 grams of fat.
A Yummy Grilled Turkey, Cheese and Slaw Panini

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 4 sandwiches

Food Fact
Cabbage is one of the most consumed vegetable in the world second to potatoes.

Healthy Benefits
Sliced turkey breast is the healthiest of all the cold cuts.  It has minimal fat and very low in calories.  It does however contain a fair amount of sodium.
Cabbage is rich in fiber with only 20 calories per cup.

Cooking Tip
If you’ve got a Panini maker or George Forman grill use it but if you don’t that’s ok too.  Use a nonstick pan.  Add the sandwiches and weight them down with the bottom of heavy pan or pot when grilling to create the Panini-style sandwich.  The cook time will be doubled since you need to cook the sandwiches on each side.

Weight Watchers 
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Panini
398 calories, 14g fat, 37g protein, 42g carbs, 4g fiber, 1135mg sodium, 14g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 regular Panini
621 calories, 37g fat, 26g protein, 45g carbs, 9g fiber, 1295mg sodium, 10g sugar


A Yummy Grilled Turkey, Cheese and Slaw Panini

A Yummy Grilled Turkey, Cheese and Slaw Panini

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 398 kcal


Ingredients for Thousand Island dressing:

  • ¼ cup  Skinny Ranch Dressing or reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 dash paprika

Ingredients for the Panini:

  • 1 recipe Simply Crunchy Slaw
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
  • 8 slices Dark Rye or Russian Rye Bread
  • 8 ounces turkey breast, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cheese such as Jarlsberg or Swiss
  • Mustard to serve on side


  • Prepare the Thousand Island dressing by adding all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.  Mix until smooth.
  • Prepare the recipe for Simply Crunchy Slaw.
  • Preheat Panini Maker or George Forman Grill.
  • To assemble each sandwich: Spread both sides of two slices of bread with a little reduced-fat butter. Flip the bread over and spread the inside of both pieces with a little Thousand Island dressing.  Place one fourth of the turkey on top of the dressing.  Top with coleslaw.  Place one slice of cheese on top of the coleslaw.  Top with the remaining slice of bread, buttered side up.  Repeat the steps to assemble other sandwiches.  You’ll have a little extra coleslaw leftover.
  • Place the sandwiches in the Panini Maker or Grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes until well toasted.
  • Slice each sandwich in half and serve at once.  Serve with mustard on the side.


Serving: 1paniniCalories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 37gFat: 14gSodium: 1135mgFiber: 4gSugar: 14gPlus Points: 11
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