RecipeOpen-Faced Tuna Melt

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 365
  • Protein: 46 g
  • Total Fat: 6.5 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 28 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
    • Natural Sugar: 5 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 950mg

Considering that the classic version of this tasty sandwich was a personal childhood favorite, I was bound to give it a healthier spin. This simple rendition incorporates fiber-rich whole-grain bread, canned light tuna (canned albacore white tuna is higher in mercury) mixed with light mayo, and is topped with the signature bubbly, melted cheese. Sometimes I like to add a squirt of hot sauce into the mayo to kick up the heat… and serve it open-faced for twice the volume and double the bites.

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This recipe makes 1 Serving
  • 2 pieces reduced-calorie, whole-grain bread (with no more than 50 calories per slice)
  • 6 ounces canned light tuna, packed in water, drained well
  • 2 teaspoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 onion slices
  • Pickles (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat shredded cheese, any variety

Preheat the broiler and lightly toast the bread.

Mash the tuna with the mayonnaise and onion.

Spread the tuna mixture evenly over each slice of bread and top each with 2 tomato slices, 2 onion slices, pickles, if desired, and 2 tablespoons cheese. Place back under the broiler until the cheese is hot and bubbly. Enjoy open-faced.


Looking for more scrumptious sandwich ideas? Try my Open-Faced PB Banana Sandwich or Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich.