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These Tuscan Tuna Tea Sandwiches are healthy, light and refreshing for summer – filled with fennel, basil, red onion and fresh lemon with no pickles nor mayonnaise! They go famously with a glass of ice cold Iced Tea Lemonade.
Last week, I shared the story about my Grandmother’s devoted love of Iced Tea and how by right, I am “Iced Tea Powered” because of it.
This week, I’m continuing grammy’s love of Iced Tea with an Iced Tea Lemonade and another one of her daily favorites. Yes, daily!
If there were two things that I knew my Grandmother would have in her kitchen come lunchtime – it was Iced Tea and Tuna Sandwiches. My Grandma loved her tuna sandwich every day at lunch!
I mean, who doesn’t love a sandwich! Although we’re not all fans of the typical tuna sandwich, most of us, including me, will have indulged in a beautiful sandwich, whether that be homemade or from the sandwich shops near me. My Grandma’s tuna sandwich (that I have admittedly made modifications to) is one of these breaded lunch ideas that I just can’t resist!
For a long time, I was not a fan of the standard issue Tuna Sandwich, finding it to bland for my taste. But, in honor of her (much like the cookies), I’ve freshened up that Tuna Salad to be healthy, light and more flavorful.
These sandwiches are refreshing, with a pop of freshly squeezed lemon, that goes famously with Iced Tea Lemonade. You’d think the two were made for each other!
What you’ll love about these Tuscan Tuna Tea Sandwiches, is that they skip the pickles and the standard issue mayo/mustard mix (ugh, heavy), and bring a whole new level of flavor with fennel, red onions, fresh basil, capers and lemon juice.
Served on a thin-sliced, multi-grain bread, and cut into bite-sized tea sandwiches, these Tuscan Tuna Tea Sandwiches are perfect for lunch, a snack, or an afternoon Iced Tea party – which is so perfect for summer! I can’t think of anything more summery than that pop of lemon flavor! Can you?
These sandwiches really are the perfect compliment to the new, fresh brewed, iced tea from tea bags Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea Lemonade. This tea is crisp, light, refreshing and naturally sweetened, so it is perfect for an afternoon in the sun with a handful of Tuscan Tuna Tea Sandwiches.
Every summer, on my patio, you’ll see a pitcher of Iced Tea brewing naturally by the heat of the sun. I love to watch it go from clear water to the rich, amber, tea color, which tells me when it’s ready to drink. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. 🙂
The Bigelow Iced Tea Lemonade doesn’t need this sun-drenched steep time, it can be ready within 10 minutes. But, I prefer to brew it this way, because it brings back such fond memories of how Grandma used to make it. It reminds me of Grandma and I sitting on her back porch, with a cold glass of Iced Tea in hand, munching on tuna sandwiches, enjoying a Sunday afternoon.
You can find the Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea flavors at Walmart in the Coffee/Tea section of your market.
Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden.
Another one of my favorites, is their Iced Tea Lemonade with Pomegranate flavor.
With a tea garden that large, what flavor do you hope they are working on next? 🙂
Tuscan Tuna Tea Sandwiches
- 1/4 cup fresh fennel leaves only, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons drained capers
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 7-ounce cans albacore tuna (in water), drained
- 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers drained and chopped
- 4 to 6 slices thin-sliced multi-grain bread
- Combine all ingredients, through red bell peppers, into a medium-size bowl and toss until thoroughly mixed. Spread tuna mixture on 2 to 3 slices of bread, and top with the other bread slices. Cut each sandwich into 4 equal portions and serve.
These sandwiches look great and I bet they pair amazingly well with the iced tea. I have fond memories of having iced tea with dinner every night when I was a kid. #client
I loved Iced Tea Janet! It’s always so refreshing and it goes with anything! Have a great weekend!
These sandwiches are adorable and they look so good! I love all those Tuscan flavors, and they’d be perfect for a tea party, I really need to fancify my next batch of tuna fish! haha Pinned.
You should Marcie – I think you’d really like these. They are light and healthy! xoxo Thanks for the pin darling.
Nutmeg Nanny says
I’m a huge fan of tuna sandwiches. In fact in the summer it’s one of my go-to sandwich choices. I’m also totally craving iced tea now 🙂
Aren’t they perfect for summer? Tuna is so light, easy and inexpensive to make. Super fast too! Have a great weekend!
April Decheine says
These look so good, so delicate, I would love to bring this as a dish to a get together. The bread looks really healthy too.
Thanks April. You’re right, it’s perfect for a potluck or a casual get together. And, such pretty colors. 🙂
Farha - faskitchen says
the iced tea with pomegranate is looking delicious. With the sun breathing hard on us, what can be better than an iced tea… thanks for sharing this post
Thanks Farha! I love Iced Tea and the pomegranate flavor is a great one. And such a pretty, festive color too! Haha!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
You’ve clearly done the old tuna sandwich justice here Kristi. These look TOO good.
Thanks Thalia! It’s an upscale Tuna Sandwich that packs a flavorful punch. Winner! Haha! Have a lovely weekend.
Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom says
I love that you put a twist on the typical tuna sandwich – it’s a cheap lunch that I always try to have on hand – gotta try this version though, yum! And I’m SO loving the iced tea, too!
Thanks Kelly. I always have tuna at home too – which makes it so convenient. I hope you have an incredible weekend!
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Kristi, this looks like just what I need today! Can you deliver this to my gazebo this afternoon at 3:00?! One special request: I cannot eat raw onion, so please cook the chopped onion into oblivion before adding it to the tuna. I usually have hot tea, but this afternoon I’ll take iced. Yeah!
Hahaha! Got it, cook the onion to death. Then, I’ll be right over. Can I join you? 🙂
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Oh MY! What an awesome twist on a regular tuna sandwich! You have crafted this sandwich so well! Loved these flavorful and delish sandwiches!
Thank you Anu! I am so glad you like it. It was one of our favorites!
Kennedy Cole@KCole's Creative Corner says
I love the use of whole grain bread. it looks absolutely delicious! I love this lightened up version with NO mayo whatsoever 🙂 I’ve actually never tried Bigelow tea, but I think I’ll have to give it a try sometime.
Try it! We have loved their flavors for summer. And you’re right – the whole grain is fabulous!
Michelle @ thelastfoodblog says
These sandwiches look really great! Love all these summer flavors. Pinned 😉
Thanks for the pin Michelle! I am so glad you like the sandwiches!
oh kristi i LOVE a lemony tuna salad like yours, especially with olives and capers!! the pink ice tea photos are sooooooooo pretty and drool worthy too! xoxo
Thank you Ananda! Both are so perfect for summer!
Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com says
What a sweet tribute to your grandmother! And what a refreshing summertime lunch–iced tea and sweet little tea sandwiches. I’ll join you for that meal!
Great! I can’t wait for you to get here Elizabeth – bring one of your sweet treats! Haha!
Love this light and summery tuna sandwich! It’s even more enticing with a glass of iced tea! 🙂
Thanks Christin! They go perfectly together, but you’re right, these are great summer sandwiches!
Harriet Emily says
These sandwiches are beautiful, Kristi! There are so many delicious flavours, and I love the addition of fresh basil. What a delightful recipe, I could definitely do with one of these right now!
Thanks Harriet Emily! I loved this version of Tuna Sandwiches. I hope you get a chance to try them!
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Thanks for the shout-out!