Classic Tuna Melt

Classic Tuna Melt

Serves: 3 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Classic Tuna Melt


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 celery rib, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish, optional
  • 3 (2.6-ounce) pouches chunk light or albacore tuna
  • Pinch of celery seed, optional
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 6 slices sturdy white bread
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 slices swiss or provolone cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced and place on paper towels to soak up excess water


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Looking for a simple yet classic lunch? Great news! This classic tuna melt recipe is perfect for you! This easy and quick to make recipe is a big score for everyone. This tempting tuna melt dish is scrumptious and nutritious and it remains the perfect healthy lunch option for you and your family.

This dish can be enjoyed alone or served with potato chips, macaroni salad, pickles, or buttermilk coleslaw if you are looking to spice things up. The buttermilk coleslaw is a great combo because the crunchy, delicious taste just goes well with the classic tuna melt. You can use any type of bread to make this recipe.

This recipe uses a sturdy white bread but you can also use Texas toast, sourdough bread, or rye bread. Also, you can use any type of cheese you can lay your hands on. If you like your dish spicy, throw in some chopped pickled jalapeno peppers. Since the tuna itself is salty, you may want to leave that out. The tuna salad can also be made ahead. Enjoy!

  1. Combine mayonnaise, celery rib, onion, sweet pickle relish, celery seed and tuna in a medium bowl. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Butter a side of each piece of bread. Place 1/3 of the tuna mixture on an unbuttered side of bread and top with tomato slices and cheese. Place a second piece of bread on top buttered side facing up.
  3. Heat a large nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. Cook the sandwiches until golden on the bottom, flip over and continue to cook until cheese is melted, turning the heat down some if it is getting too browned.