Spicy Salami Sandwich With Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese Recipe

A muddy, ruddy mix of mashed black olives and capers may not look very appetizing, but the Mediterranean paste packs a salty, earthy wallop that goes well with most anything dipped into it. Although you can purchase jarred tapenade at the store, it's easy enough to make at home—just blitz a handful of black olives, along with a few garlic cloves, some drained capers, and fresh parsley in a food processor. A splash of red wine vinegar, and a spritz of lemon juice add acidity and brightness, while olive oil helps to bind everything together.

Tapenade is often served as a dip or spread but also makes for a great replacement for mayonnaise and mustard in a sandwich.

For this recipe, the rich homemade tapenade is spread into an herby focaccia roll followed by some spicy salami, peppery arugula, a roasted red bell pepper, and a sprinkling of crumbled goat cheese. Although the ingredients in this sandwich are all very strongly flavored, each remains distinct with every bite.

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 4 sandwiches

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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. 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. 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. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
703 Calories
48g Fat
71g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 703
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 1249mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 40g 141%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 107mg 536%
Calcium 1204mg 93%
Iron 29mg 159%
Potassium 1072mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)