Melt Your Heart Tuna Melt

Total Time:
30 min
15 min
15 min

4 sandwiches

  • Tuna Salad:
  • One 12-ounce can tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise, plus more if you like a creamy tuna salad
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus more if desired
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion, white parts and some of the green parts
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sandwich:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 slices Cheddar
  • 4 pickle spears, for serving
  • For the tuna: In a large bowl, break up the tuna with a fork and add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, red onions, green onions, basil, cilantro, parsley, mint and vinegar. Mix well to combine. Taste and season with salt, pepper and extra lemon juice and mayonnaise as desired.

  • For the sandwich: Brush the softened butter on 1 side of each slice of bread, setting aside some butter for cooking the sandwiches. Place the bread buttered-side down on a baking sheet. Divide the tuna among 4 slices of bread and top each with 2 slices of cheese. Complete the sandwich with the remaining 4 slices of bread, buttered-side up.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add half of the remaining butter. When the butter melts, place 2 sandwiches in the pan and cook until toasted and golden brown on each side. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. (If your pan is large enough, you can cook all the sandwiches at the same time.) Serve warm, with pickles.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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This tuna melt was the best I've ever had. I used Colby cheese instead of cheddar. The fresh herbs really upped the flavor in this. Making this again next weekend!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG is right! I'm not even much of a fan of tuna melts, but it popped into my head at lunch and I am so glad I found this recipe. I forgot the vinegar and was out of parsley, so I upped the other herbs. The MINT is AMAZING in this. Wow. I admit I did skip the butter and made this in the toaster oven, and I'm still giving it 5 stars. It's that good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious and quite filling for something that's not bad calorie wise. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best tuna sandwich that we have ever had! The fresh herbs and the lemon juice make everyday tuna just stand up and shine! Easy and fast to put together and makes an excellent Texas hot summer meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent sandwich! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go to tuna salad sandwich. I did not make this as a tuna melt. It was delicious, so full of flavor, and all those herbs make it so fresh and earthy. Love love love it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sandwhich was awesome OMG my husband love this tuna melt. He said he would eat it again. Thanks a million for this awesome,great and wonderful tuna melt. I feel like a chief for real. Thanks for sharing and helping those who are for ever learning how to be a better cook. Janelle from Louisiana item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and OMG so DELICIOUS! Thank you Carnie for sharing item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best tuna melt I have ever had! I’ve tried many tuna melts and never one as good as this! Tuna is so healthy and low calorie that I have tried to incorporate it into my diet as much as I could – but found that I was never really enjoying it. I was beginning to think that maybe I just didn’t like canned tuna – that was until now! The fresh herbs and red onion make this absolutely delicious! Well no more ordering out for tuna melts as this will be my only recipe from now on! Thank you Carnie Wilson and Food Network for sharing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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