Tuna Salad Melt

Tuna Salad Melt

Notice anything different about my blog? No, not the design.

Nope, not a new post.

Look a little higher, little higher, BAM!

This website is now www.ravienomnoms.com. No more wordpress.com :-). Just thought you all might like to know. It should redirect you automatically, but just in case…now you know ;-)

Confession time…

OK, I admit it, I am a bit obsessed with Cooking Light.

I anxiously wait to get them in the mail every month and then I thumb through them and mark just about every single page as a “must try” recipe.

There could be worse things right?

That is what I always say when Patrick gives me that look when I am being obsessing about keeping something clean (I may or may not have a mild case of OCD). I could be a complete pig! haha

Anyways, Cooking Light is my go to place for recipes. Not only do you find things that are good for you but most of the time it is meals that are quick and easy to make.

When you are like me and you have a lot of things going on during the week and don’t have an hour to cook, having a recipe that takes 20 minutes is a life saver!

Most of the time I end up changing the recipe a bit or adding or removing items that I don’t like or prefer to change from one thing to another.

Heck, half the time I will combine a few different recipes that I get inspiration from.

The recipe I am sharing today is a simple and yummy open face sandwich that literally takes more time to gather the ingredients than make. Gotta love that!

To be quite honest, I didn’t start liking Tuna until I was about 20. For some reason I just always turned my nose up at it. I have a feeling it was because of my Dad.

Whenever he saw tuna or smelled it he would always say “ewww gross”, and when you are little you just follow along with your parents and that one stuck for a while.

I have never gotten over the not liking peas though, ick!

Tuna Salad Melt:

(adapted from recipe)

  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon siracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) can solid white tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 (1-ounce) slices multigrain bread
  • 3 slices provolone cheese
  • 12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • Fresh Basil leaves

Preheat broiler to high.

Combine the red onion, chickpeas, mayo, mustard, siracha, salt, pepper, tuna and garlic in a bowl and toss together to coat evenly. Slice your tomato into thick slices and set aside.

Top bread evenly with cheese; broil 4 minutes or until bubbly. Keep your eye on it, if it is like my oven the broiler works good so you have to be prepared to yank whatever it is out of the oven quickly!

Arrange 2 tomato slices and about 1/3 cup tuna mixture over each bread slice.

Top each sandwich with a basil leaf.

It is just that simple folks. I told you it would be quick. I think this took me a total of 15 minutes from start to finish.

If I had to change anything I think I would reduce the salt. It was a little salty for me, Patrick seemed to be fine. I think with the salt, the mayo, the mustard and the cheese it was just a tad salty for me. When I make these again I will just omit the salt all together and just let the ingredients speak for themselves.

Oh and one open face sandwich is only 200 calories with my changes to the recipe. Winning!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week so far :-)

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Comments

  1. I love tuna salad! And crunchy bread with melty cheese sounds dreamy! Cooking Light is a fave of mine too! ;)

  2. I love tuna fish and so does my daughter. My son was like your Dad… the “ewww gross” kind of reaction to the smell. He does like tuna melts… go figure. :) I’ll try this one of him next. PS… congrats on your own domain name. :)

    • Thanks Ramona! I definitely turned my nose up at the smell for a long time too. Even today, it isn’t THE best smell in the world haha, but it tastes good :-)

  3. This melt looks outrageous and delicious for tuna lovers :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. I’m soo glad I’m not the only one who chains my BF to the chair to help me choose photos lol I love Cooking Light too, and have an email subscription to the magazine. This is how I cook daily…they really have some great recipes! This tuna salad melt looks awesome! One of my favorite lunches is tuna with chickpeas, red onion and/or whatever veg I have on hand..with a little light mayo. This melt is right up my ‘healthier’ alley! OH, and of course I LOVE the sriracha! Beautiful photos too!

    • Hi Lisa! Haha, that is too funny. Yeah Patrick doesn’t mind looking at the magazine with me, but I could literally look at them for hours. He always knows what to get me for Christmas, Cooking Light books. They are just awesome. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks!

  5. I love the addition of chickpeas! Quick and easy recipes are the best! :)
    Yay for your own domain name!!

  6. Ah. The Tuna Melt! Can’t ever go wrong with this classic!

  7. I love Cooking Light too! I can’t wait for it to show up in my mailbox each month! This looks like a great light and summery meal!

  8. I love good tuna salad but you just took that to the next level. Surely this made for an excellent meal.

  9. I’m obsessed with Cooking Light too! I think literally 80% of my dinners come out of that magazine, and its horrible because I’m subscribed… and I also buy it at the grocery store…I should just start mailing you my extra copies :)

    Saw this recipe too, your version looks SO good! i love Tuna melts, especially on hearty multigrain bread, yum yum!

    • I know Kristina! It is a bit of a sickness haha. I think the majority of my recipes come from there as well. Oh well, at least we know we are getting something good in our bodies!

  10. Yum! Tuna Salad, my fave!

  11. Peter @Feed Your Soul says:

    looks delicious

  12. Patrick says:

    It is so Nommy!! Sorry I finished it yesterday :(

  13. janetfctc says:

    Oooo, what a perfect easy comfort food sort of a dinner…or lunch…or breakfast…or utterly strange dessert. Please excuse me while I go hunt down some tuna.

  14. Ok you have brought me out from under a rock..I have never had a tuna melt. Until now tuna salad has been a cold dish. However, on to new things and this one looks like a tasty one to move on to. Your picture is just making my mouth water-yum! Another reason for liking Cooking Light. Great post!

  15. This looks FABULOUS! Having a hard time not salivating right now. And yes, it is somehow so exciting to have your OWN url, isn’t it? Congrats!

  16. foodiestuntman says:

    Elevating a classic! Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  17. Yum! Looks absolutely mouth-watering. Perfect for a quick lunch :)

  18. Yum! This tuna melt looks fantastic. Congrats on making foodbuzz top 9 with this delicious recipe. Love your new look and congrats on the .com url.

  19. This looks fantastic, I would LOVE this for lunch today! Congrats on Top 9! :)

  20. I love a good tuna melt!

  21. Hi Raven,

    Congrats both on the Foodbuzz top 9 and on the .com! Your new design looks great as does the tuna melt. Yum!

  22. Oh I love tuna melts! I have accidnetally walked away from oven while it’s been on broil before. Yikes! Congrats on the Top 9 :)

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