Gourmet Tuna Melt

Everyone loves a tuna melt. Okay, that’s probably not true, but people who like tuna most likely love tuna melts.


This tuna melt is gourmet because I got this tuna salad recipe from the Italian deli/restaurant I work at when I’m in New Jersey. It was one of the first things I made after I was hired, since when you’re making a much bigger portion, chopping those veggies gets a bit tedious. However, it’s easy when it’s just for yourself, and adding the carrots, celery, and red onion is the secret to taking your tuna salad up a notch.

Tuna Melt: Udi’s Gluten Free Bread, Trader Joe’s sliced goat cheese, tuna salad, 2 tomato slices

Gourmet Tuna Salad:

  • 1 can tuna
  • .5-1 tbsp mayo
  • 3/4 carrot
  • 3/4 celery stalk
  • red onion (a few slices)
  • 2-3 tsps lemon juice
  • 2-3 tsps red wine vinegar
  • salt, pepper

Time: 15 minutes. Serves 1-2.


Chop the tuna, red onion, and celery finely. Put the veggies in a bowl and add the tuna and mayo. Stir with a fork or spoon. Add a few tsps each of salt and pepper, the lemon juice, and red wine vinegar. That’s it! It’s so simple and delicious.

After preheating the oven to 350, on a cookie sheet place a slice of bread, slab the tuna over it, add a slice of tomato, and your choice of cheese. Bake it in the oven for 5-10 minutes depending on the oven and your preference. I also like to broil it for a couple minutes so that the cheese gets nice and bubbly.

There you have it. An easy and delicious way to make the perfect tuna melt.