Tasty {and healthy} Tuna Melt

My husband LOVES tuna melts. I swear if I made them every night he would be happy! Luckily, they are pretty much the easiest and quickest things to make when you are short on time {and energy}. My refrigerator is running on empty and I am the queen of mix matching random items to make some sort of meal. As a dietitian, I can appreciate a good meal, but I don’t in anyway consider myself a gourmet chef, or planner when it comes to meals. I am more of a throw something together at the last minute kind of gal. I also don’t love to follow recipes. So here is a quick and easy meal for one, two or the whole family in less than 20 minutes.


1 can Albacore Tuna {no salt, packed in water}

Chopped Red Onion {I used about 1/8 cup}

Chopped Kale {1/4 cup}

Tomat0 {2-3 thin slices per sandwich}

Cheese {optional, I used cheddar because it was all I had, Swiss is my favorite for melts}

100% Whole wheat Bread {2 Slices, for a lower carb option make an open faced sandwich or lettuce wrap!}

Mayonnaise {2-3 Tablespoons, this can be adjusted based on how much you like mayo; alternate options are plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, some people also enjoy using mustard}

Seasonings: I used crushed black pepper and garlic powder {small amount for flavor} Sea Salt is optional, I use a pinch

Olive Oil {1-2 teaspoons}

Griddle or George Foreman Grill


Finely chop up the vegetables {red onion, kale, if you have chopped carrots these work great too!}


Add tuna to a small bowl

Add finely chopped vegetables

Add Mayo and mix all ingredients together

Add seasoning, mix again.


Drizzle small amount of olive oil on two slices of bread

Place one slice, olive oil side down on the griddle, add 1 slice of cheese

Top with about 1/4-1/2 cup of the tuna mixture

Add a few slices of tomato

{Note} if you add your cheese to the top of the tomatoes, it helps hold them in place

Add your second slice of bread to the top, olive oil side facing up

Press down on the grill, let sit for a few minutes, check on it frequently, everyone likes their bread toasted a little differently

{note if you want to make an open faced sandwich, it works better in a pan on the stove top or in a toaster oven}


Serve with a salad and side, tonight we choose sweet potato fries, baked in the oven, because we had some frozen cut sweet potato left over from a previous meal, these can be seasoned as well, we prefer ours plain.

Of course we also had kale salad, gotta use up the inventory!Β  πŸ™‚


Super easy meal in under 20! Enjoy!