Ronaldo’s Cuban Sandwich

Ronaldo’s Cuban Sandwich Recipe

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

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