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Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

A Tuna Melt is pure comfort food. It’s the easy recipe I like make for lunch or dinner when I don’t feel like cooking. If you’ve never had a tuna melt, you must try one.

Tuna Melts are generally served like open-faced sandwiches. Tuna salad gets spread over toasted bread, sprinkled with diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and then placed under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and delicious.

The 2 most important things to remember when making tuna melts:

  1. Add lots of finely chopped veggies in the tuna salad mix. The veggies add colour, crunch, flavour, and help to stretch a can of tuna further = more sandwiches!
  2. Toast the bread before it’s topped with tuna salad. It’s an extra, but important step. It stops the bread from becoming soggy.

Jicama, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad

Jicama, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad


2 cans tuna (each 6.5 oz/184 g), drained
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 carrot, grated
½ red bell pepper, finely diced
¼ cup minced red onion
¼ cup minced parsley
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 slices bread
1 cup diced tomato (about 2 small tomatoes)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  1. Position oven rack about 6-inches from broiler. Preheat broiler.
  2. In a bowl, break up tuna with a fork. Add celery, carrot, red pepper, onion, parsley, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; mix until evenly moistened. Taste and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and place under boiler until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Flip bread over and toast the other side. Remove from oven.
  4. Divide tuna mixture evenly among toasted bread slices, top with tomato and cheese. Broil until cheese melts, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt Tips:

  •  Toast the bread slices before assembling so that the tuna melts don’t end up soggy.
  • Not only do the added veggies in the tuna salad add colour, texture and flavour, but it also makes the 2 cans of tuna go further = more sandwiches!
  • Add lemon to the tuna salad to perk up the flavour and cut through the richness.


  1. Hello! I did this recipe for breakfast today. THat was awesome! Yuuuummmmi! I tried lots of your recipes Kary and it always turn out great. My BF is looking at me and telling me that I am a great cook! I am not really, it is just because Kary makes it simple, easy and delicious! Many thanks!

  2. Gerri! I hope I’ve fixed it for the last time!!! Super sorry. xx k.

  3. Why do I always have such a hard time getting your recipe for Tuna melt. I get the picture but can never remember how to get to the recipe. Thanks