Tunisian Tuna Salad Sandwiches

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Author Notes: While this version of tuna salad is significantly more involved than just adding chopped onions, celery and pickle relish to a can of tuna, it is well worth the extra effort. The potatoes make the tuna salad creamy and the lemon juice gives it a good tang.WeLikeToCook

Serves 4-6

  • 2 7-oz. cans of water-packed tuna
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled, cubed (½-inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4-5 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon green olives, sliced (optional)
  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Harissa (Tunisian hot chili sauce)
  • 2 crusty hoagie rolls
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, drained capers, parsley, salt and pepper and whisk to mix well.
  2. Place canned tuna and potato cubes to the bowl and toss gently to coat with the dressing.
  3. Split hoagie rolls in half and lightly toast under the broiler., and spread bottom halves with harissa paste.
  4. Load a gracious amount of tuna salad onto the bread and top with egg slices. Drizzle a little olive oil over the fillings and serve with homemade potato chips or fries.

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7 months ago Sarah Danner

I love this recipe. It's my new favorite tuna salad.


9 months ago Sarah Danner

This was really delicious. Can't wait to make it again.


about 2 years ago Esther Hayoun

my mother in law is from Tunisia and she makes these called "fricasse" we call them footballs because they are in the shape of a football. She makes her own dough which she deep fries, splits them open and removes the dough stuff and then continues with everything you've mentioned and preserved lemons as well.


over 3 years ago davegorf

Are the potatoes cooked? There are directions for that and the ingredient list does not specify cooked cubed potatoe?


over 3 years ago francesk

My father used to make a version of this sandwich for us every now and then for a Sunday night supper. It is one of the tastiest sandwiches you will ever have. Thanks for reminding me about it. I've been meaning to recreate it for ages.


over 3 years ago WeLikeToCook

If you decide to add the sliced green olives, mix them in with tuna salad before adding to your sandwich.