Open Face Tuna Melt 2 ways

by Lauren

Lately I have been dreaming about food, a lot. No, not day dreaming. Like legit dreams that occur amidst my slumber. I guess this isn’t that surprising considering the fact that I am a food blogger but it is a strange phenomenon nonetheless.


The most vivid one that I can remember involved terrorists trying to steal my cheese, which was more of a nightmare than a dream. I also had one about microwavable enchiladas.

Weird, I don’t eat frozen enchiladas, they did look mighty tasty in my dream though.


I have a vague recollection of eating bite-size cinnamon rolls in my dream last night. Reaching into a bag(?) of them and pulling out little mini, gooey, sticky, delicious gems. Very strange. We do have homemade cinnamon roll dough in the freezer though, so perhaps it’s a sign!


Maybe I should take all of these dreams as a sign and make some cheesy enchiladas with cinnamon rolls on the side. Yup.

For now, here is something slightly less sweet and more in the realm of fantastically easy and very versatile lunch or dinner.


Open Face Tuna Melt 2 Ways

Tuna is great on sandwiches, salads, as a hot cheesy melt or just as a dip for some celery. Here are just a few examples of it’s versatility!

Little Yellow Note: Don’t eat this in the office, you just might be shunned. Despite the smell, its tasty stuff!!

Option 1 – The Basics:

  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt – healthy substitute for fat mayo, very tasty!
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cornichon pickles, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • 1 piece of sourdough wheat bread


Option 2 – Mediterranean style:

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1/2 non-fat plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, minced
  • 3 tablespoons capers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green or kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • feta cheese\

Throw either of these combination onto a slice of bread with a little cheese on top. Put it under the broiler for 5 minutes but keep an eye on it. Enjoy with a couple slices of tomato!



Just for fun, and for your viewing pleasure here are some pictures from the little BBQ our fabulous neighbor Pearl and friend Jei invited us over for last night!

Carne asada from a hole in the wall San Diego taqueria, Dos XX, Pearl’s newly famous skinny margaritas and shorts/tank top appropriate weather. *Sigh* I can’t wait for summer!





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10 Comments to “Open Face Tuna Melt 2 ways”

  1. Wow, I’m not a fan of Tuna but I bet I would be if I tried these. Love how you put different methods on there too. Your BBQ looked fantastic. I can’t wait for summertime :)

  2. I can’t wait for Southern Cali Summer too! I’m loving it right now but with all the moodiness of the weather, I don’t want to put my sweaters away just yet.

    I vote for you to make your Cinnamon Rolls… Dreams are sometimes leading you into your right path…do it! ;p

  3. I love tuna melts! with the weather we are having in Seattle, we need soup on the side! I always use Dijon mustard and Greek yogurt. yum! your BBQ looks me some good ideas for Cinco De Mayo!

  4. Lauren

    Ok, you convinced me Joanna! I’ll make cinnamon rolls Saturday morning AND I’ll share the recipe with you 😉

  5. Lauren

    I hated tuna with mayo but once I started using yogurt instead, I changed my mind. It doesn’t hurt to add melted ooey, gooey, cheese on top too!

  6. I used to eat tuna melts everyday in high school on bagels! This post reminded me and I will def be having one this weekend. Also, gave you some love on my blog today for recommending a great recipe to me a few weeks ago! Thanks again :)

  7. Mmmm, this looks delicious! I used to get the tuna sub from subway all the time til I found out it was like the worst one to get! This looks like a much tastier and healthier version! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lauren

    oh yea, on a bagel sounds delish! Mmm. Thanks for the shout out, I’m so glad you liked the recipe

  9. Man, I wish I lived in Cali, and I wish we were neighbors. That BBQ looks amazing! And fabulous ingredients for tuna melts I am in love with the Mediterranean style :)

  10. Love that you are having food dreams. That makes me feel more normal. 😉

    Not normally a fan of tuna, but these look great and my husband would love them!