Hearty Muffuletta

Total Time

Prep: 55 min. + chilling


10 servings

Updated: Oct. 05, 2023
Famous in Louisiana, a muffuletta is a combo of cold cuts, cheese and olive salad layered into an Italian bread shell. I was happy when a friend and co-worker gave me this recipe so I could make it myself. More than a meal, it’s a dining experience! —Ruth Hayward, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Hearty Muffuletta Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup giardiniera
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 round loaf (24 ounces) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced hard salami
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham


  1. In a bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid.
  2. Cut loaf of bread in half horizontally; hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Brush cut sides of bread with reserved liquid. Layer bottom of bread shell with salami, half the olive mixture, cheese, remaining olive mixture and ham. Replace bread top. Cut into wedges to serve.
Editor's Note: Giardiniera is a vegetable mixture available in mild and hot varieties. Look for it in the Italian or pickle section of your local grocery store.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 378 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 1103mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.