Tuna Nicoise Sandwiches

Photo: Ellie Miller
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Reinvent a traditional nicoise salad by tucking it into a sandwich. Here, we've piled tuna, eggs, olives, and onions between slices of crusty ciabatta.


  • ½ white onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup plus 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 jars (7 ounces each) best-quality tuna packed in olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving

  • 4 small ciabatta rolls, split horizontally

  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated

  • ½ cup nicoise olives, pitted

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and thinly sliced


  1. Put onions, 1/4 cup oil, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; season with pepper. Toss to combine. Let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Add tuna and its oil to onion mixture. Add lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Gently toss to combine.

  3. Cover bottom halves of rolls with lettuce. Top with olives, eggs, and tuna mixture, dividing evenly. Drizzle each with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Cover with top halves of rolls. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cook's Notes

Because tuna is the star ingredient in this sandwich, it's worthbuying oil-packed tuna in a jar, which has a higher qualityand finer flavor than the canned variety.

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