Ronaldo’s Cuban Sandwich

Ronaldo’s Cuban Sandwich
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Source: Sabores de Cuba. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Kelly Campbell Photography.

Author Ronaldo Linares: "Sometimes we don’t have a lot of time to prepare a whole meal and need something quick. I always have high-quality deli meat on hand for times like these. But not all deli meat is created equal; look for healthy, low-sodium deli meats when shopping. There is no substitute for a true Cuban sandwich, but this recipe is a light, delicious take on the classic."

This recipe from Sabores de Cuba, by Ronaldo Linares. To order directly from the American Diabetes Association, click here.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    18 min
  • Servings
    2 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

2 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad
  • Amount per serving Calories 190

  • Total Fat 6g
    • Saturated Fat 2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Sodium 510mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
    • Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Total Sugars 5g
  • Protein 20g
  • Potassium 420mg
  • Phosphorus 290mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate, 2 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • whole wheat sandwich thins
  • Parchment Paper
  • Swiss cheese (low-fat, sliced)
    1 1/2 oz
  • Hass avocado (sliced)
    2 oz
  • deli turkey (low-sodium, sliced)
    1 1/2 oz
  • deli ham (low-sodium, sliced)
    1 1/2 oz
  • arugula (washed)
    1/2 cup
  • roma (plum) tomatoes (sliced)
  • red onion (sliced)
    1/8 cup
  • cucumber(s) (sliced)
    1/8 cup
  • cilantro (chopped)
    2 tsp
  • lime juice
    2 tsp
  • black pepper (cracked)
    1/8 tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place both halves of multigrain roll on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the inside of the bun is facing up. To build the sandwich, layer Swiss cheese evenly on naked bun. Do the same with avocado, turkey, and ham. Place sandwich in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove sandwich from oven and close the roll.

  3. Preheat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Place the sandwich in the middle of the pan and press down using a spatula or the bottom of a clean saucepan for 2-3 minutes. Flip the sandwich and repeat on the other side. This will give you the pressed look of a traditional Cuban sandwich. Cut in half.

  4. Add arugula, tomato, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, and black pepper to a bowl, and toss ingredients together. Serve with the sandwich. Now take a big bite of that delicious sandwich.

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    This sandwich and salad has so much potential, it lacks something especially the salad. It needs mayo or mustard on the sandwich. The salad needs dressing, why not make a cilantro lime dressing from scratch? Really enjoyed the sandwich but salad with only lime and pepper was bitter