Friday, January 18, 2013

80--- Loaded Tuna Melts

Sorry for this photo! Not sure about where you reside, but here in MT it gets dark-ish at 4:30pm. And then I have to bust out my trusty light kit....which does not do food justice.
When I say "loaded" do you think "bacon"? Why IS that? Us darn Americans.

Let's change that.

Loaded= more vegetables

Loaded Tuna Melts
Serves 6

3 cans albacore tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped red onion (~1/2 medium onion)
1/2  cup chopped baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup chopped baby kale leaves (if you can't find it use regular kale- no it won't kill you)
1 vine-ripe tomato, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, pressed and minced finely
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 Tbsp capers (use more if you love 'um)
1/4 cup pepperoncinis


3 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise (sorry- had to)
2 Tbsp dill pickle juice
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp dry mustard

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 slices whole grain bread, toasted (Dave's Killer Bread is my fave)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together tuna salad ingredients in a medium bowl.  Whisk dressing ingredients separately in a small bowl, then add to tuna mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Spoon ~1/2 cup tuna mixture onto each slice of toast and top with 3 Tbsp cup shredded cheese.  Place each loaded toast onto a baking sheet and bake for ~10 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.


Nutrition Info per 1 melt: 227 calories, 8 g fat, 26 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber


  1. Yes! Thank you, that first ingredient (in my opinion) is crucial for a good tuna experience. I love albacore, definitely worth the extra $.