An Unforgettable French Tuna Sandwich

May 12, 2015

A French tuna sandwich is a delicious way to revamp your mundane brown bag lunch.  Classic American tuna salad has its place on the lunch menu but the French version is multi-dimensional and dynamic.  To make a stellar tuna sandwich, you really have to begin with quality tuna.  I prefer Spanish tuna packed in olive oil but use whatever brand is your personal favorite.  A French baguette, or other sturdy bread, is sliced in half and seasoned with olive oil, garlic and basil.  The tuna salad, studded with red onion, artichoke hearts, green beans and more, is piled inside the baguette.  As the flavors mingle and marinate, the salad also softens the bread.  Once you take a bite, you will never be bored with lunch again.

French Tuna Sandwich
Recipe from Food52


1/2 loaf crusty French baguette
1 clove garlic, cut in half
4 to 6 basil leaves
1 (6oz) can tuna
3/4 cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, sliced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 jar or can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (optional)
1/4 cup blanched French green beans, sliced into thirds (optional)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For full recipe instructions, watch the video below.

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