Ronaldo’s Cuban Sandwich

Ronaldo's Cuban Sandwich

There is no substitute for a true Cuban sandwich, but this recipe is a light, delicious take on the classic. Add a green salad on the side for a quick-and-easy lunch. Look for low-fat, low-sodium deli meats (uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free) and cheeses when shopping.



Serves: 2, Serving Size: 1/2 sandwich and 1/2 salad

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 18 minutes


  • 1 multigrain sandwich thin, split in half
  • 1 1/2 oz low-fat sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 oz sliced avocado
  • 1 1/2 oz no-salt-added deli-style roasted turkey breast (uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free)
  • 1 1/2 oz lower-sodium lean sliced deli ham (uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free)


  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1/8 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/8 cup sliced cucumber
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place both halves of the sandwich thin (with the inside up) on the baking sheet. Layer as follows on the bottom thin: Swiss cheese, avocado, turkey, and ham. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Place the top thin on the sandwich.
  3. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Transfer the sandwich to the center of the skillet. Using a spatula or the bottom of a saucepan, press down on the sandwich. Turn over the sandwich. Repeat the pressing (to create the look of a traditional Cuban sandwich). Cut the sandwich in half.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss together the salad ingredients. Serve the salad with the sandwich.


1/2 Starch, 1/2 Carbohydrate, 2 Lean Protein, 1 Fat

Nutrition Facts

Calories 210
    Calories from Fat 90
Total Fat 10 g
    Saturated Fat 3 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 4.5 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Sodium 320 mg
Potassium 420 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Sugars 3 g
    Added Sugars 1 g
Protein 20 g
Phosphorus 295 mg

This recipe (adapted from Sabores de Cuba by Chef Ronaldo Linares, published by the American Diabetes Association) is from Diabetes and Heart-Healthy Recipes published by the American Diabetes Association. ©2019 American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. All rights reserved. Available at ShopDiabetes and ShopHeart.