Dinner Tonight: Tuna Melt Recipe

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Dinner Tonight: Tuna Melt Recipe

I usually eat a tuna salad sandwich about once a week as a casual lunch. But for some reason, adding a piece of Swiss cheese to the party and calling it a melt automatically catapults the sandwich into a satisfying dinner. With a side of chips or a cup of soup, it's also pure comfort food. I felt like there was no reason to get complicated with the recipe. For guidance I went straight to Saveur, which offered up this relatively bare-bones version.

It's all about the simplicity of tuna salad and melted Swiss cheese. The addition of celery is fairly common for tuna salad, but the chives and parsley may be a little less so. Neither grabs the attention, just offering a nice fragrant kick to the sandwich. Beyond that, it's all about the cheese. The key, according to Saveur, is to melt the cheese without letting it brown. I found it easiest to keep the broiler door open and peep in on the sandwich as the cheese melts. It only took me 30 seconds. Saveur recommends a piece of toast on top, to make it more of a sandwich, but I'm more of an open-faced tuna melt guy myself. Either way is fine.

  • Yield:2


  • 1 6-ounce can of oil-packed tuna, drained
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/4 bunch chives, minced
  • 2 sprigs of parsley, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices multigrain or sourdough bread (2 if you are doing an open-faced sandwich)
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese


  1. 1.

    Preheat the broiler. Meanwhile, toss the tuna in a bowl and break up any large hunks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice and mash the mayonnaise and lemon in with a fork until incorporated.

  2. 2.

    Fold in the celery, chives, and parsley. Season the tuna salad with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. 3.

    Lightly toast each side of bread under the broiler. It should only take a few seconds per side.

  4. 4.

    Top two of the slices of bread with the tuna salad. Add a slice of Swiss cheese to each. Set underneath the broiler and cook until the cheese melts but does not brown. This should definitely take less than a minute, and probably closer to 30 seconds. Top each with a slice of bread if you like it like that, or leave it as an open-faced sandwich and serve.