Pan Bagnat is essentially a French tuna or chickpea salad sandwich which is a Niçoise salad in sandwich form. A combo of tuna (or chickpeas) and flavorful veggies, drizzled with a delicious dijon vinaigrette in a crunchy bread loaf. A popular treat in the south of France!
With summer coming to a close, we’ve been scurrying around the last few weeks trying to get our fill of outdoor fun. Hikes in the mountains, trips to the park, weekend visits to the farmer’s markets, etc. Quick and easy meals and snacks have been essential, not only to save money, but also so we’re not fueling our bodies with greasy fast food.
Although we occasional make simple plain turkey or pb&j sandwiches, every once in a while we like to make something a little more filling and satisfying, like these French inspired sandwiches—Pan Bagnat!
Pan Bagnat, pronounced pahn ban-yah, literally means “bathed bread” as the bread soaks up the flavors from the filling and vinaigrette. Because of this, it’s best when the sandwich is made ahead of time to allow the flavors to marry.
If you’re not a big fan of tuna, substitute shredded chicken or chickpeas, as a vegan/vegetarian option.
The fillings for this sandwich are very customizable and you can easily substitute whatever veggies you already have on hand for any in the recipe.
It’s also quick to throw together and makes a delicious, filling meal for anytime of day. Perfect for picnics too! Enjoy! 😊Print