Uptown Tuna Melts

This recipe is taken from the 2013 Milk Calendar. Tuna melts come to the rescue when you think there’s nothing in the house for dinner! Add a fresh twist with tangy yogurt, fresh herbs and zingy aged Canadian Cheddar, taking the old-fashioned staple up town.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 5 min
Yields 4 Servings
uptown tuna melts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) light mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, dill and/or tarragon)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cans (each 6 oz/170 g) water-packed light tuna drained
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Canadian old Cheddar, Gouda or Colby cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup (250 mL) baby spinach (or 1/2 cup/125 mL seedlings or sprouts)
  • Four 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick slices bakery-style multigrain bread

Preparation

Preheat broiler with rack 6 inches (15 cm) from heat.

In a bowl, using a fork, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, herbs, salt and pepper to taste; mix in tuna, flaking into smaller pieces, half of the cheese and the cucumber.

Place bread on a baking sheet and lightly toast both sides under broiler. Layer baby spinach on toast and mound tuna mixture on top, pressing lightly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Broil for 3 to 4 min or until tuna mixture is warmed and cheese on top is bubbling and melted.

Tips

If you’re only cooking 1 or 2 tuna melts at a time, a toaster oven is the perfect appliance to use.

Tips for Kids: Tuna melts make terrific afternoon snacks or as a protein boost before or after sports. Store the tuna mixture in an airtight container for up to 2 days to have on hand for older kids to make their own melts when they need a snack.Smaller tuna melts can be made on whole wheat English muffins, small whole wheat rolls or half slices of bread.

Variations:Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped black olives or capers to tuna mixture and use Canadian Asiago, Fruilano or aged Provolone cheese. Use baby arugula instead of spinach.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 393 Calories
Protein: 36 g
Carbohydrate: 22 g
Fat: 17 g
Fibre: 3.4 g
Sodium: 804 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 30 % / 325 mg
Selenium: 175 %
Vitamin B12: 148 %
Vitamin D: 80 %
Niacin: 57 %