Here’s a fusion of two favorites—a tuna sandwich and a caprese salad—on our favorite sandwich bread, a baguette (photo #1).

The tuna salad is Italian-style and tangy, seasoned with oil and vinegar instead of mayonnaise.

Add to that creamy mozzarella, winey kalamata olives, and fresh basil and tomatoes, and you’ve got a winner.

Returning from our local farmers market this weekend with juicy heirloom tomatoes. handmade mozzarella and a crusty baguette, we made lunch with this recipe from DeLallo.

With all due respect to America’s top tuna-in-a-can brands, we far prefer Italiana brands like Tonnino (photo #2). The tuna is so fresh-tasting, it never needs mayonnaise before placing on a sandwich.

Ingredients For 4 Sandwiches

For The Tuna Salad

  • 3 cans or jars (6 ounces each) Italian tuna in oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons DeLallo chianti red wine vinegar (photo #3)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Optional: finely-diced red onion
    For The Sandwich

  • 1 large baguette, or 4 baguette rolls
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced (substitute a jar of pimento/red pepper)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: 8 ounces pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

    1. COMBINE the tuna in a bowl with olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    2. CUT the baguette in half lengthwise, and then cut into four even pieces (or, slice the four rolls in half).

    3. LAYER each sandwich as follows: tomato slices, tuna salad, mozzarella, drained balsamic tomatoes and olives.

    4. TOP each with a generous sprinkling of chopped basil, add the top half of the baguette and serve.

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  • Tofu Caprese Salad
  • Watermelon Caprese Salad


    Tuna Caprese Sandwich
    [1] A delicious combination of textures and flavors (photo and recipe © DeLallo).

    Tonnino Tuna With Oregano
    [2] Tonnino, top-quality premium tuna fillets in olive oil, available with different seasonings. Here’s our review (photo © Tonnino).

    Chianti Red Wine Vinegar
    [3] Quality red wine vinegar makes a difference in a vinaigrette (photo © DeLallo).

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