Tuna Melts with Olives and Lemon


A protein-packed lunch or dinner is never far away when you stock your pantry with oil-packed tuna, salmon, or sardines. Try any of them in this cheesy open-faced sandwich recipe.

Tuna Melts with Olives and Lemon
Total Time:
25 mins
8 toasts


  • 8 3/4-inch thick slices artisanal Italian bread (about 1 pound)

  • 3 5 ounce cans albacore tuna packed in olive oil (undrained)

  • ¼ cup chopped pitted green olives

  • ¼ cup chopped cornichons

  • 1 large lemon (2 tsp. zest, 1 Tbsp. juice)

  • 2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 ounce thinly sliced cheese, such as Havarti, comté, or mild Swiss

  • Watercress (optional)


  1. Preheat broiler.* Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet. Broil 4 inches from heat 2 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once. In a medium bowl combine undrained tuna, olives, cornichons, lemon zest and juice, mustard, and black pepper. Stir to combine and break up tuna.

  2. Divide tuna mixture among bread slices; top with cheese. Broil 11/2 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. If desired, top with watercress.

To bake in toaster oven:

Toast 10 minutes, turning once. Top with tuna mixture and cheese; toast 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

644 Calories
24g Fat
58g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 644
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1397mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 2.8mg 14%
Calcium 232mg 18%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 469mg 10%
Folate, total 217.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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