Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe

What would living in New Orleans be without a good muffuletta? I’m not sure, but I do not want to find out! This New Orleans Muffuletta is one I love to make for parties and entertaining. It’s a crowd pleaser!

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🥪 What is a Muffuletta Sandwich?

What exactly is a muffuletta? A muffuletta is a deli sandwich topped with fresh olive salad. It’s also made on a 9″ round italian bread. The “locals” are very particular about where they buy their muffulettas. Personally, I love the ones from Central Grocery by the French Market.

Since I live in suburbia, going to Central Grocery to pick up one of these is not an option -a ninety mile round trip would make it a very expensive sandwich!

image: Quarter of a Muffuletta Sandwich

Image text reads: New Orleans Muffuletta

🍞 Ingredients

The key to a good muffuletta is the quality of the ingredients in it. Most importantly, where your olive salad is made being the biggest factor.

A funny story: I went to the store to purchase olive salad and they were out of “my” brand. I purchased one that said Muffuletta Olive Salad (warning! warning!) and brought it home. When I opened the glass jar, it tasted funny… I looked at where it was made… and it said made in Chicago. What?! (nothing against Chicago).

Off I went again to my local WinnDixie and purchased a New Orleans brand. Whew! Seriously, it’s not the same.

Let’s go through some of the key ingredients so you too, can make your own at home. Shall we?

  • Round Loaf Italian Bread
  • Olive Salad
  • Capicola or Deli Ham
  • Genoa Salami
  • Mortadella
  • Sliced Mozzarella
  • Provolone Cheese

🗒️ Instructions

The Bread: 9-10″ round Italian bread.

image: step one preparing a muffuletta sandwich - Muffuletta bread

Olive Oil: I like to moisten my halves with some good Spanish extra virgin olive oil.

image: step two preparing a muffuletta sandwich placing olive oil on halved bread.

Then you have the Capicola ham and salami. Ask the person behind the counter to slice them thin.

image: step by step muffuletta instruction photo. Adding capicola ham and salami to the bread

Thinly sliced mozzarella and smoked provolone…

image: step by step muffuletta instruction photo. Adding cheese to the sandwich

Start placing the olive salad in the middle and then work your way out.

image: step by step muffuletta instruction photo. Adding olive salad to the sandwich

This is the most beautiful pie I’ve seen in a long time…

image: step by step muffuletta instruction photo. Full muffuletta pie The combination of the salty meats, the smoked cheese, the strong olive oil flavor and the crunch of the olive salad… Please. refrain from licking or biting your screen. Your device will not like it.

image: muffuletta sandwich cut in half

We like to quarter our muffulettas and eat them for lunch (ok, anytime is good too). If you want, you can toast the whole muffuletta, prior to cutting, in your oven for a few minutes to give the bread a little crunch and melt the cheese.

image: slices of muffuletta sandwich. Image text reads: homemade muffulettas

Oh lordy. Yes, I am finished. You may proceed to print the recipe and make your own. Me? off to lick my fingers.

You can purchase the Olive Salad on Amazon here.

Ps – If you are wondering how your next lunch idea could possibly top this one, I’ve totally got you covered. Grab one of my meal plans here to treat yourself (and your family) to yummy meals like this one after another!

😋 Recipe

New Orleans Muffuletta Recipe

This muffuletta sandwich recipe is made in the authentic New Orlean’s style! Flavorful and delicious, your muffuletta can be prepared in minutes so you can enjoy it any time of day.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Lunch


  • 1 10″ round loaf Italian bread 
  • 1 cup Olive Salad
  • 1/4 lb Capicola or deli ham (46 slices)
  • 1/4 lb Genoa Salami (68 slices)
  • 1/4 lb Mortadella (46 slices) 
  • 1/8 lb Sliced Mozzarella (34 thin slices)
  • 1/8 lb Provolone (34 thin slices)  


  1. Slice the round bread in half and open both sides on a flat surface.
  2. Brush both inner sides of the bread with oil from the Olive Salad or extra virgin olive oil, go a little heavier on the bottom.
  3. Begin layering thre ham, salami, and mortadella on the bottom half of the bread. Top with cheeses.
  4. Next, add the olive salad from the center out and spread it, leaving about a half-inch around the edge. Place the top half of the bread over the olive mixture, and press down to let the bread absorb the olive salad juices. 
  5. Using a bread knife, slice into 4 to 6 wedges. 
  6. Optional: place the whole sandwich, before slicing, on a large baking sheet, and toast/warm-up in a 350F preheated oven for about 5 minutes. 


  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich slice
  • Calories: 689
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 2162.5mg
  • Fat: 44.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.1g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 78.6mg

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56 thoughts on “Authentic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe”

  1. Gene Wagner says:

    I have used several different olive salads for use on salads & sandwiches, I noticed a new olive salad at Rouses Grocery I hadn’t seen before & decided to try it. Actually it is Central Grocery Olive
    Salad, made by them & it’s TERRIFIC.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe!

  2. Vickie Hill says:

    I have been wanting a great New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich. I just saw your recipe and I was so excited. I have to go buy all the ingredients and make it. I will let you know how it turns out. Thank you for sharing your recipe with the public. Have a Blessed Day! God Bless!!!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Enjoy, Vickie!

  3. Martin Shumsky says:

    I’m 8 I made this for my family, It was great!!!!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

  4. Carol says:

    Great recipe! Made it yesterday a couple hours before dinner, wrapped it in saran wrap and weighted it down to flatten it, then cooked in my George Foreman grill, all of I know takes it from a true muffaletta to a muffaletta/panini hybrid, but it was GOOD! To finish up my New Orleans (I’m in Chicago) menu. I also made oyster stew and had some leftover corn salad which I realized was kinda like maque choux.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Now, THAT is a genius idea. The press!

  5. Blanca says:

    thanks for sharing this with us…i will try to make this wonderful Recipe…

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thank you, Margie!

  6. Jimmy says:

    It’s a great recipe for New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich. Easy to follow to make for my son. he loves it much. thank you for sharing!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I agree! I’m glad you both enjoy it.

  7. Beryl says:

    Wow, these were huge! We really enjoyed and there are lots of leftovers for tomorrow.

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