Open-Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe

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Open Faced Tuna Melt is the ultimate sandwich for all you tuna lovers! Serving them open faced is an easy way to make them healthier and cut the calories.

Open Faced Tuna Melt is the ultimate sandwich for all you tuna lovers! Serving them open faced is an easy way to make them healthier and cut the calories.
Tuna Melt

Diner comfort food just got a makeover! This classic tuna melt has the perfect amount of crunch, melty cheddar cheese, and veggies. Melts are one of my favorite types of lunch sandwiches. If you love a hot sandwich, you should also try these Open-Faced Turkey Melts and Egg and Tomato Breakfast Melts. If you want a cold sandwich, definitely check out my Open Faced Tuna Sandwich with Avocado.

Open Faced Tuna Melt is the ultimate sandwich for all you tuna lovers! Serving them open faced is an easy way to make them healthier and cut the calories.

When I was a kid, my mom owned a luncheonette where she was the cook. She would often make me a tuna melt, which I loved! Tuna is such an easy protein since it requires very minimal prep work – just open up the can and drain. If you want to turn tuna into a larger meal, we love our homemade tuna casserole.

Are tuna melts good for you?

Adding veggies to your tuna and serving it open-faced makes this classic sandwich healthier and lighter! By using only one slice of bread, you cut the carbs in half. For a more low-carb tuna melt, try these tomato tuna melts.

Use your favorite whole grain bread – I love Dave’s Killer Bread. It’s organic, non-GMO, and tastes great. Another good option would be to use homemade bagels instead of sandwich bread.

How To Make Tuna Salad

There are so many ways to make tuna salad, but this recipe is my go-to. Start with a can of tuna, drain it, and mix in mayonnaise, chopped red onion, celery, carrots, and a little red wine vinegar. The vinegar gives it a little zing that makes it delicious!

Tips to make this quicker:

To speed up the prep time, I love using my Cuisinart 4-cup mini food processor (affil link), I put the carrots, celery, and onion in and pulse a few times, which saves a lot of time.

What sides go with tuna melts?

This healthy tuna melt is excellent on its own, but you can definitely add a side if you want to round out the meal. You could serve your tuna sandwich with a green salad or a cup of soup. This Tomato Basil Soup or French Onion Soup would be delish. You could also serve it with potato salad or a dill pickle.

Variations:

  • Swap the whole grain bread for bagels, sourdough, English muffins, or whatever you have on hand.
  • Use another cheese like Swiss or gouda in place of the cheddar.

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How To Make a Tuna Melt Sandwich

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Open Faced Tuna Melt is the ultimate sandwich for all you tuna lovers! Serving them open faced is an easy way to make them healthier and cut the calories.
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Open-Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich

231 Cals 28.5 Protein 14.5 Carbs 6.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Lunch
CUISINE: American
Classic comfort diner food, just got a make-over with this Open-Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich!

Ingredients

  • 1 4.5 ounce can tuna (in water), drained
  • 1/4 cup carrots, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1 tbsp red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise, Hellman's Light
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices 2% reduced fat cheddar or American cheese
  • 2 slices tomato
  • oil spray, I used my Misto

Instructions

  • Combine tuna, celery, carrots, onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over low heat.
  • Spray skillet with oil, and place two slices of bread on top.
  • Top bread with cheese, then tuna salad and tomato. Cook on low heat until cheese melts and bread gets toasty.
  • Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1open face sandwich, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 14.5g, Protein: 28.5g, Fat: 6.5g, Fiber: 3.5g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: tuna melt, tuna sandwich

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119 comments

  1. This was surprisingly good and filling. I followed the tuna salad recipe exactly (was skeptical about that carrot!). Finely mincing the vegetables really is key. I lightly toasted my bread in a toaster oven then added cheese on top and cooked. Placed tomato on after it was finished cooking. Delish and very filling. 

  2. It was okay. I’d rather eat a carrot separately than include
    it. I’ll go back to mine- diced celery, onion, drained tuna, 
    and a dollop of mayo. 

  3. This sounds so yummy but I don’t understand how it can only be 4 blue points with 2 slices of bread, 2 slices of cheese and mayo

  4. Thanks for providing this recipe, really appreciate it. I’m going to make it tomorrow, I think.

  5. One of my favorites on the site! My old job had pizza maker oven that I would make these in and feel in love with them baked. Now I heat them in my oven at 350 for about 20 minutes (I put the cheese on top so it melts and gets bubbly).

  6. I was making this and after getting it all together it looked very dry.  In addition the 14.5 oz of tuna and vegetables looks like a lot to serve 2 people?  Is the ingredient list correct?

  7. Delicious lunch for my husband & I today!

    • I left a wonderful review on your Chicken Paprikash
      and it posted immediately. 
      I left a very lukewarm review on this tuna melt and it was immediately erased????

      • Sorry Maureen, no comments are posted until they have been approved and we are just now getting caught up on yesterdays comments. You will now see all your comments posted.

  8. I made this last night, and it is DELISH!! The flavors are perfect . I used my Panini grill, and followed the recipe exactly. Wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you so much for another awesome recipe!

  9. This recipe is delicious.  I made it exactly as stated.  And filling, too.  Thank you GINA!

  10. 14 ounces of   tuna is a lot for this amount of other ingredients. – you may have meant a 7 ounce can which when drained yields about 5 ounces maybe closer to 4,7?

  11. This is the only way I make tuna salad anymore! I love the flavors and crunch of the veggies and the complexity added by the vinegar.

  12. Gina, thank you so much for all of your amazing recipes! This tuna is absolutely delicious!

  13. Yum! I made this for lunch today and it was really quite tasty! I will be making it again! I used my Pamered Chef food chopper to dice the veggies up really small. I also used a Joesph’s Pita instead of the bread, as i follow WW Freestyle and one pita is only one point! Great recipe!

  14. This was SO delic—my son and I LOVED it!

  15. This was absolutely delicious!! Definitely a keeper. I think this is how I will make my tuna all the time from now on. I loved the crunch of the celery and carrots.

  16. Made this for a quick dinner using gluten free ingredients. The recipe comes together fast. The veggies were processed in my mini chopper and add a nice crunch to the tuna. I used a slightly larger can of tuna and instead of extra mayo added in some non-fat greek yogurt. The sandwich was cooked in a covered skillet over low heat. The cheese was melting and all blended together nice.

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