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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013


Recipe Summary

15 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat broiler.

  • Combine tuna, shallot, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt, hot sauce and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread 1/4 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 Facts

198 calories; protein 15.6g 31% DV; carbohydrates 17.5g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 3.5g; fat 7.7g 12% DV; saturated fat 3.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 31.1mg 10% DV; vitamin a iu 834.4IU 17% DV; vitamin c 11.6mg 19% DV; folate 30.6mcg 8% DV; calcium 158.3mg 16% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 43.1mg 15% DV; potassium 329.9mg 9% DV; sodium 458.4mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV; added sugar 1g.

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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This was a GREAT recipe. I changed it up just a little however. I used 2 tbls lemon juice and only 2 tbls of low fat mayo. I then used cilantro in place of the parsley using 2 tbls and replaced the shallot with 3 tbls finely dice red onion. I also used 2 5 oz cans of Albacore tuna in water and in place of bread slices I used 2 of the Sala Lee Hearty & Delicious 100% Whole Wheat hamburger Buns. This made 4 servings and the calories per serving/each prepared bun half was only 188 calories vs. 252 calories. This was amazingly yummylicious and I will be eating it often. World be great as mini appitizers too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I left out the lemon juice and instead of putting shallots in the tuna mix I put sliced onions on top before putting the tomatos on. OMG definitely will be making this again! Very yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband made this for our dinner tonight. OMG so goood! It will be made again and again in our house. Definitely a keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good. Just dice the tomatoes and it's easy to eat. I had it on a cheese bagel and it was yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I'm really iffy about tuna and did not expect to like it heated up. This is by far the best way I have ever consumed fish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I didnt have the shallots and I added a generous amount of garlic powder. Also I split the light mayo up with horseraddish for some kick:-) It was delicous and super quick and simple to make! Thank you:-) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was so good! It reminded me of a tuna melt we used to get at a bagel shop so that is how I served it...on top of an onion bagel. It was wonderful! The tuna salad recipe had the perfect amount of mayo to not overpower. Erica Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great! We didn't have all the ingredients but it was still good! Read More