Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

25 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013

In this updated tuna melt recipe, we go light on the mayo and top it with fresh tomato slices and shredded sharp Cheddar. This allows us to use considerably less cheese while ensuring that there's great cheese flavor in each gooey bite of this healthy tuna melt recipe.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 5-ounce cans chunk light tuna (see Tip), drained
  • 1 medium shallot, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices whole-wheat bread, toasted


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  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine tuna, shallot, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt, hot sauce and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread ¼ cup of the tuna mixture on each slice of toast; top with tomato slices and 2 tablespoons cheese. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Tip: Look for sustainable seafood, such as U.S.-caught chunk light tuna, preferably certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 198 calories; 8 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 31 mcg folate; 31 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 834 IU vitamin A; 12 mg vitamin C; 158 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 458 mg sodium; 330 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ vegetable, 3 lean meat, ½ high-fat meat

Reviews 25

November 12, 2017
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By: Dev Gerke
Very good. Just dice the tomatoes and it's easy to eat. I had it on a cheese bagel and it was yummy!
November 12, 2017
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By: Ruth
I do not enjoy tuna fish sandwich, but this recipe was so scrumptious! The hot sauce and melted cheese did the trick.
February 12, 2017
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By: nomaD kcinkcatS (bigfatcheese)
Took a fatty bong rip while this was being prepared and let me tell you I have never tasted something so good while I've had the munchies. Recommended for anyone who likes to take fat poppers and then munch out!
September 16, 2016
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By: Alex Ramirez
Pretty good, hard to eat with the tomatoes on top because I couldn't just bite off part of the tomato. Other than that it's amazing and I'll be making this a lot.
January 11, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
I halved the recipe because I used 1 can and switched out white onion with red onion. I used veganaise, the healthy alternative to mayo and it was delicious. I liked the lemon in it too.
July 16, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Really Good 16 year old here, this sandwich was super quick and easy to make. I had to sub out cheddar for mozzarella because i had none on hand (though I don't think i used enough). The only problem I have is that it seems that theres just a bit too much parsley in the recipe. If I make this again, I'll probably half or omit the parsley. Pros: Easy, Quick, Delicious Cons: A little too much parsley
January 22, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Easy This was a great quick meal. Had to eat it like a pizza and got messy at times, but it tasted great and it was really easy to make. Pros: Super easy, quick, tasty Cons: difficult to eat at times
January 15, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Husband loved it! I did not have any tomatoes so I used jarred roasted red peppers that I patted dry. We added extra Frank's red hot. Perfect for a snowy winter day with homemade tomato soup!
June 09, 2011
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By: Jessica Icard
Simple and Tasty I can never find the whole wheat thick bread all these recipes call for, so I used Texas Toast from Trader Joe's. The Tabasco was an awesome way to spice things up, and I will use it going forward in my tuna salad! No shallots, and just a VERY tiny amount of lemon juice. I had cherry tomatoes, so I just cut them in half and used those. They were nice; you had a piece of tomato in every bite! Will definitely make this again! It's not just your regular ol' tuna sandwich. Pros: quick, easy to make, simple ingredients
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