Appetizers, Eat Like a Greek, Mediterranean Diet Recipes, Vegetarian

Greek Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Feta and Tahini

Greek feta tahini sandwich

Last Thursday was what we call Tsiknopempti (rough translation smoking Thursday) which basically celebrates the beginning of Mardi gras or as it is called in Greece apokria. Apokria actually means “away from meat” as the word carnaval. The real meaning of Tsiknopempti is that it is supposedly the last day before Easter one can eat meat, after that you can still eat dairy until Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera) which is the official start of Greek Orthodox lent and the beginning of the 40 day fast where most animal products are not allowed (see here for what is allowed during Greek Orthodox fast).

With that in mind, I made this Greek style grill cheese. Feta cheese, tahini (sesame seed paste), kalamata olive tapenade , olive oil and oregano all on whole wheat bread. There is no meat but provides a good amount of protein, I grilled it under the grill in a mini oven I use, for a few minutes and it is perfection.

Apart from the taste, you have all the good fats from the tahini, olive oil and tapenade, plus the protein from the tahini and feta. And this can work well for vegans ( or if you are doing the Greek fast), just switch the feta for some vegetables. Look for tahini that is only made with sesame seeds and there are no other ingredients in it.

Greek Style Grilled cheese Sandwich with Feta and Tahini


  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon olive tapenade
  • 1 to 1 ½ ounce feta cheese sliced thinly
  • A pinch of oregano
  • Olive oil

1. Brush each slice of bread with olive oil. I’ve been using an olive mister instead of a brush and it works great.
2. Mix the tahini with lemon juice
3. Take one slice of bread and spread the tahini. Then layer on the feta.
4. Take the other slice of bread and spread the tapenade and close the sandwich.
5. Turn on your grill in the oven and bake under grill for about 2 minutes on each side until golden.
6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with some oregano.

Serve warm

Photo by Elena Paravantes

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Geraline February 26, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Hi Elena ,

    I wanted to ask you if i don’t have tahini can i replace it with pesto dressing ? Just a word of encouragement i love blog . And have tried out some of the salads they are light and tasty.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD February 26, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Geraline. Regarding the pesto, it would surely taste great, though nutritionally, pesto would have less protein than tahini.

  • Reply 7 Interesting Ways to Use Olive Oil in the Kitchen | Olive Tomato November 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    […] Use it for grilled cheese. Using a olive oil spritzer, when I make grilled cheese, I spray each slice of bread with olive oil instead of using butter. The result is a great texture […]

  • Reply Greek Chickpeas and Rice with Lemon-Tahini Dressing | Olive Tomato October 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    […] it’s not only for hummus. Blending it with a bit of lemon juice and water you can use it as a spread or a dressing. It is also great with a bit of honey on a slice of whole grain bread or for a savory […]

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.