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Pressed Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich

Pressed Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Total Time 4 hrs to 24 hrs

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Our grown-up tuna sandwich tastes better pressed, making it perfect to eat on the go.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini salad peppers, drained, stemmed, and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 13 - 16 - ounce loaf ciabatta bread
  • 1 12 - ounce can solid white tuna, drained and flaked*
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata or green olives, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups thinly sliced English cucumber
  • 1 cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery


  1. In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, pepperoncini peppers, lemon peel, lemon juice, and garlic. Remove and set aside half of the mayonnaise mixture. Stir the tuna and olives into the remaining mayonnaise mixture.
  2. Split the bread loaf horizontally in half. Spread the bottom half of loaf with reserved mayonnaise mixture. Layer the cucumber, red pepper, celery, and tuna mixture on top of mayonnaise mixture. Top with remaining bread half, cut side down. Press down firmly.
  3. Wrap the entire sandwich tightly in plastic wrap. Place sandwich on a small baking sheet in the refrigerator. Place a 13x9x2-inch baking pan on top of the sandwich. Add 5 to 6 unopened cans of food to the pan to press down the sandwich. Chill sandwich for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours before serving. Before serving, unwrap and cut sandwich crosswise into six portions.


  • * If desired, substitute 12 ounces fresh cooked, flaked tuna for the canned tuna.

Nutrition Facts

(Pressed Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich)

Servings Per Recipe 6, iron (mg) 1, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 31, chol. (mg) 26, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 17, vit. C (mg) 73, cal. (kcal) 344, vit. A (IU) 91, pro. (g) 16, sugar (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 9, calcium (mg) 20, Potassium (mg) 235, sodium (mg) 737, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, Folate (µg) 8, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 3, sat. fat (g) 3, Riboflavin (mg) 0

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