Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Basil Pesto, and Turkey Bagels with Herb Cheese Spread

Once upon a time, a local sandwich shop offered a wonderful bagel sammie that was unforgettable.  I memorized the ingredients way-back-when so that I could try and replicate the sandwich at home.  I really had to go back into the cobwebs of my mind to retrieve those ingredients to make this savory bagel sandwich.

Here’s the story that I found in the recesses of my mind:

There once was a toasted bagel that had two friends stop over and visit.  One friend’s name was sun-dried tomato pesto and the other friend’s name was basil pesto.  Along came some nice, crispy lettuce, a sliced red onion, and plenty of sliced turkey friends to join the party.  But what would a good sandwich be without the joy and friendliness of some creamy, soft herb cheese to soften up the tangy pestos?  Together these ingredients made one bagel lover eat happily every after!

If you’re looking for a flavorful sandwich, than you’ll certainly love this!

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Basil Pesto, and Turkey Bagels with Herb Cheese Spread!

What You Need:

  • Bagels (your preference in flavor, garlic would be nice; and preferably authentic NY bagels)
  • Sun-dried tomato pesto
  • Basil pesto
  • Lettuce (use the variety of your choice)
  • Red onion
  • Sliced smoked turkey (Boar's Head is the best)
  • Soft herb cheese (such as Boursin)


  • Slice the bagels in half and toast them.
  • Spread the sun-dried tomato pesto on the inside of one half.
  • Spread the basil pesto on the inside of the other half sliced bagel.
  • Thickly layer the smoked turkey on top of one half.
  • Spread some soft herb cheese on top of the turkey slices.
  • Place some lettuce leaves on top of the cheese.
  • Place some red onion slices on top of the cheese.
  • Put the other half of the bagel on top.
  • Slice the whole bagel sandwich in half and secure with toothpicks, if necessary.
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  1. Great sandwich and I’m jealous of whoever had to take a bite for photo purposes, ha ha.
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    Take care!!

  2. Hello,

    This sandwich is delish!
    I am also very addicted to homemade pesto and keep a fresh jar in the fridge for many uses.
    Do you have the recipe for the sun-dried tomato one?

    Thank you!


  3. Foodness Gracious, I must admit that it was glutinous me who took the first huge bite. It was wonderful. The sandwich recipe is a spin off from Bruegger’s Bagels, but is no longer on the menu.

  4. Gabriela,

    I wish that I had a recipe for the sun-dried tomato pesto. It is a store-bought variety that is in the higher end food grocers. It is worth adding to your sandwiches — of any kind! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Roz do you have a degree in photography? Your photo’s are mouth watering every last one… I feel like I am right in the same room with the meal! AWESOME!

  6. I love the sound of those pestos together!

  7. Oh Roz this is fabulous! Bet I would need a roll of tums afterwards with those two pestos!

    I made sun dried tomato pesto once. Did it the same as basil pesto.

  8. I wish you could come over and pack my lunch for me! That sandwich looks soooo good! :)

  9. Now THAT’s a sandwich! Love the flavor combo – it’s totally making my mouth water:) Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kathy, I stopped taking Tums years ago and just went on a prescription for heart burn. Did you put your sun-dried tomato pesto recipe on your blog? I’ve never made it!

  11. Pam, it is yummy! Very non-traditional and unexpected flavors. My hubby wouldn’t touch it since it’s so different! LOL!

  12. Scrambled Hen and Glamorous Gourmet: Thanks so much for your kind compliments. Hope you try it or at least experiment with different flavors to excite our lunches a bit more than usual! your tastebuds will sing with this combo of pestos!

  13. Awesome roz!…I want to know…who took that bite? Going to try this one for sure! xo

  14. This looks fabulous! It’s so good to have you back in the blogging world! anne

  15. Patti, I’m the guilty one for taking the huge bite. It was great!

    Anne, thank you so much! I’ve missed you too! It’s nice to be back among great friends!

  16. Yum! i love a good sandwich especially with bagels. There is a bagel company back in Baton Rouge I used to go to like everyday. My favorite was their basil turkey sandwich! YUM!

  17. Not only is this a delicious sandwich but it is perfect timing for those leftovers from our Canadian Thanksgiving today!

  18. This looks super good Marie. I did a search hoping to find a recipe for the tomato pesto – do you have one you’d share?

  19. yum!! this is my favorite sandwich from bruegers bagels…the herby turkey!

  20. This has everything doesn’t it? The sweet? The protein? The color? The herb? And you set it up so prettily.

    Aside: I’d be happy to e-mail you about the decisions we made where to go. We saw a speck, Roz – it’s a country of such riches. I still ache that I didn’t make it to Cinque Terre! But we set up our own itinerary, researched it – made all reservations in advance and made sure we had plenty of days to wander – without an itinerary!

  21. Sorry Roz – I forgot which site I was on – CRS you know.

  22. Wow, that is an amazing sandwich! Now, I’m craving it…



  23. this is like the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever seen!

  24. Mmm… this looks yummy!

  25. I love that this bagel has not one, but TWO types of pesto on it! Double the delicious.

  26. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! What a delicious sandwich.

  27. What a wonderful and delish combination. I hope this comment finds you well and smiling. xo K

  28. Wow! This seems like a one-two punch of delicious. I can’t wait to try this one at home. Is there anything better in the world than pesto?


  29. What a great story! I want this for lunch!! WOW!!


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  30. I almost hate to tell you this since I am a certified crazy nuthouse escapee, but do you know how I memorize things, by putting them to music or in a rhyme in my head. So are we birds of a feather. LOL

    The bagel sandwich sounds delicious.

  31. Hi U.S. Roz. Not only is our name the same, our tastes are too, because this sandwich looks right up my alley (and in my belly). All the best, Canadian Roz

  32. Roz, your pictures are delectable! What type of lighting do you use?

  33. this looks like a great day after Thanksgiving recipe!!

  34. This so simple and easy sandwich..I will try it soon

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