Tuna Melt Sandwich

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Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator

This recipe was so easy and so tasty. Plus, it had foods from 4 of the 5 food groups!

Makes: 4 servings


  • 2 6-ounce cans tuna, canned in water and drained
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped or 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread*
  • 4 slices tomato slices (1 medium tomato)
  • 4 slices (3 ounces) American cheese

*You can use any whole grain bread or split rolls.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In medium-size bowl, combine tuna, onion, mayonnaise, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well.
  3. Place bread on baking sheet.
  4. Spoon about one-fourth of the tuna mixture on each piece of bread, spreading nearly to the edges. Add a tomato slice.
  5. Bake 5 minutes.
  6. Add a cheese slice on top of each sandwich and return to oven for another 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Serve. Menu Idea: Tuna melt sandwich, vegetable soup, milk

Source: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Alice's Notes

  1. As you can see from the photo, I had smaller Roma tomatoes and combined 3 slices to cover the sandwich. Also, I just had a block of Swiss cheese and cut off 2 thin strips to top the sandwich. So, don't let a lack the "exact" ingredients keep you from trying this sandwich. Also, I used "no salt added" tuna.;
  2. For a change of pace, try making the sandwich with canned salmon or chicken or chopped, cooked turkey.