Sandwich Atuna


Ever wonder how to make a tuna sandwich not boring? Libya has the answer!



In my “Trying 5 Sandwiches from 5 Countries” episode, I had to throw in a tuna sandwich. However, this sandwich atuna definitely has a bit of pizzazz that’s hard to come by with your usual tuna sandwiches. It is fresher and lighter than any other tuna salad mixture I’ve had, and I really enjoyed it because of this!

This sandwich atuna recipe comes from Rayan, who hails from Libya. Made from tuna, harissa (hot chili pepper paste), olives, laughing cow cheese, lemon juice, and tomato on a baguette, this sandwich is a favorite among Libyan families. Even if certain people don’t like seafood or come from various backgrounds, Rayan tells us that most Libyan people enjoy sandwich atuna. It pairs well with any crunchy chips and a cup of black tea with French mint. Rayan prefers Doritos, and I second this! Doritos are definitely a favorite “junk food” of mine, and I always love adding some to the top of any sandwich.

Though Rayan understandably prefers her mother’s sandwich atuna above all others, I must say that my version came out wonderfully. I did take the top baguette piece off because it takes a lot of work to chew through the baguette bread, allowing me to enjoy the rich flavors of harissa and spreadable Laughing Cow cheese (my favorite). Overall, sandwich atuna is airy, fresh, and delicious.

I love that Rayan’s mother would make sandwich atuna with a whole baguette so she could split it with her best friend at school. Sharing food is such a special ritual, so I urge you to make this sandwich with a whole baguette and split it with a loved one. Then let me know what you think!

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Sandwich Atuna


  • 1 5 oz. can tuna
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • lemon juice to taste
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • hummus
  • black olives sliced
  • tomatoes sliced
  • harissa
  • french bread


  • Drain the can of tuna and add it to a bowl.
  • To the tuna, add olive oil, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Mix together to combine.
  • Slice open French bread and on one side, spread a layer of hummus and on another side, spread a layer of harissa.
  • Add the tuna, sliced tomatoes, and black olives.
  • Close the sandwich and enjoy!
Course: Lunch
Region: Africa


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