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Savory Sitter: Toasted Tuna Melt

Every fall since I was a kid, we would go to the Maine seacoast to visit family. I always ended up, at some point in the trip, sinking my teeth into a delicious fresh Maine lobster roll. There is something so comforting and delicious about the simple combination of seafood lightly tossed in mayonnaise and stuffed into a warm hot dog bun.

This year, as a gobbled down the seaside treat, I contemplated a more accessible version, something that a babysitter could easily make for some hungry kids anytime of year. And it reminded me of one of my favorite go-to sandwich, the tuna melt!


This tuna melt on-a-bun version is healthier and easier than the traditional version which is pan-fried in butter. This time, we fill the bun with thin slices of cheddar cheese and pop in the toaster oven to melt. Then we fill the bun with a veggie-filled tuna salad and top the whole thing off with ripe slices of avocado.

Tuna Melt Rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes


1 whole wheat hot dog bun
1 6-ounce canned tuna, drained
1 medium carrot, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon minced red onion (optional)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 0z cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1 small ripe avocado, quarted lengthwise, peeled and sliced diagonally
salt and pepper, to taste

In a small bowl mix together the drained tuna, carrot, red onion, mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, line the inside of the hot dog bun with the cheese slices. Place in a toaster oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bun is toasted.  Remove from oven and spoon the tuna mixture inside of the cheesy bun. Place the avocado slices on top and serve.



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