Spicy Salami Sandwich With Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese

Photographs: Marvin Gapultos

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Spicy Salami Sandwich With Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 4 sandwiches
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:15 minutes
This recipe appears in: Sandwiched: Spicy Salami Sandwich with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese


  • For the Tapenade:
  • 8 ounces black pitted olives (kalamata or nicoise), drained
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Sandwich:
  • 4 focaccia rolls
  • 4 ounces sliced Genoa salami
  • 2 cups packed arugula (about 1 ounce)
  • 4 jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese


  1. 1

    For the Tapenade: Combine olives, garlic, parsley, pepper flakes, capers, vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until everything is well combined and chopped fine, 8 to 10 short pulses. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  2. 2

    To make the sandwiches, split each of the focaccia rolls in half. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the tapenade on the tops and bottoms of the focaccia rolls.

  3. 3

    Place a roasted red bell pepper on each of the bottom halves of the sandwiches, followed by a layer of salami, and a layer of arugula. Divide the goat cheese evenly among the sandwiches. Top with the remaining tapenade-covered focaccia and serve immediately.


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