Tuna Sandwich Delight

Dressing Ingredients:

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup olive oil

Other Ingredients:

6 round crusty sandwich rolls, or 1 large baguette cut into 6 pieces

2 cans 7 oz (210 g) oil-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced vine ripe tomatoes
1 cup pitted and chopped Nicoise, or Italian olives
4 teaspoons capers, drained
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 medium size fresh red pepper cut julienne
1 medium fresh green pepper cut julienne
1 cup peeled, seeded, and finely chopped cucumber
3/4 cup minced red onion
3 large hard cooked eggs, chopped


  • In a food processor or blender, puree the parsley, basil, anchovies, and vinegar. Add the oil in a thin stream and blend until the dressing is thick.
  • Cut the rolls or baguette  in half and scoop out the insides, leaving l/2-inch thick shell.
  • Crumble the removed bread and, in a bowl, combine it with the tuna, tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic, peppers, cucumber, onion. and eggs. 
  • Bind the tuna mixture with 1/4 cup of the dressing. Spread the remaining dressing generously on the rolls.
  • Heap the tuna salad on the roll bottoms. Cover with the tops and press firmly. 
  • Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for at least 1/2 hour so that the bread can absorb all of the juices.
Makes 6 servings

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Did You Know?
Tuna are several species of ocean-dwelling fish in the family Scombridae, mostly in the genus Thunnus. Tuna are fast swimmers and like most other fish species are cold-blooded. Unlike most ocean fish species, which have white flesh, the flesh of tuna is pink. This is because the tuna's blood has a higher oxygen carrying ability than other fish species. Some of the larger tuna species such as the bluefin tuna can raise their blood temperature above the water temperature with muscular activity. Though not really warm-blooded, this enables them to live in cooler waters and survive a wider range of circumstances.

Tuna is a popular seafood. Some varieties of tuna, such as the bluefin, are endangered because of overfishing, while others are part of well maintained fisheries, such as the bigeye or yellowfin.

Mercury levels are oftentimes relatively high in tuna, as they sit higher in the food chain.

It is difficult to keep tuna in a captive environment; Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the few aquariums in the world that successfully keep tuna in display.

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