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California Niçoise Sandwich

Makes 6 servings

Inspired by the classic French salad, this fancy tuna sandwich takes a Western turn with sourdough and avocados. Prep Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: We love this sandwich on crusty sourdough, but it can be a bit messy to eat. For a tidier bite, try soft Italian-style bread. Make up to 3 hours ahead; keep well chilled until ready to serve.

California Niçoise Sandwich

Ngoc Minh Ngo
 1 baguette-style loaf, about 20 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide
 1/2 cup mayonnaise
 1 garlic clove, minced
 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
 2 cans (6 1/2 to 7 oz. each) oil-packed tuna, drained
 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  Salt and pepper
 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced into thin rounds
 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
 1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
Step 1

Slice loaf in half lengthwise. Scoop out about 3/4 of the bread from the top and bottom halves to create pockets; discard scooped-out bread.

Step 2

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon peel. Spread generously over inside of loaf's top half.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, stir together the tuna, tarragon, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into bottom half of loaf.

Step 4

Top tuna mixture with radish slices, then the tomato, eggs, and avocado slices. Spoon olives over all and top with the other loaf half. To serve, slice into 6 equal portions.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Step 6

Wine pairing: A fresh, lively dry rosé--preferably a Grenache--is great with this sandwich; licorice in the wine can echo the tarragon in the sandwich.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 6 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 495Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g44%

Saturated Fat 4.7g24%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 881mg37%
Total Carbohydrate 35g12%

Dietary Fiber 2.7g11%
Protein 25g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.