Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt

This Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt will never go out of style. Ode to a classic!

This Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt will never go out of style. Ode to a classic!
This Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt will never go out of style. Ode to a classic!

Tuna melts and tuna salad on fresh greens is definitely a regular in house. It’s something you can whip up quickly and modify the ingredients based on what you have.

My fiancés idea of comfort food is a nice creamy tuna melt and he’s as happy as a little clam when I make this for him. He’s going to kill me when he reads this.

Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt turned Tuna Salad

Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt turned Tuna Salad
Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt turned Tuna Salad

I like my tuna salad with a lot of crunch so I always use celery & fennel. Remember to hang on to those fennel fronds at the top of the fennel bulb. They look & feel similar to dill but have a delicate anise flavor. We’re going to sprinkle those on top of the tuna melt as a finishing touch that will melt in your mouth.

I also add an apple to the mix for some sweetness and because it pairs really well with the fennel. I usually add more celery+fennel+apple than what I’ve listed  because I try to pack in as many veggies as I can without Rez asking questions.

The Dill Pickles are so perfect in this salad

The Dill Pickles are so perfect in this salad
The Dill Pickles are so perfect in this salad

The fennel lends massive amounts of flavor to this recipe and honestly, it’s just not the same without it. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, fennel is one of my go-to ingredients and definitely a useful ingredient to keep on hand.

I dice one of my Garlicky Dill Pickles, fresh dill, as well as some dill seeds to really amp up the bold flavor. In a pinch you can sub dry dill for fresh dill, but be sure to half it and let the mix sit in the fridge for an hour or so, allowing the flavors to marry together.

dill pickle+fresh herbs+fennel+apple=my kind of melt!

dill pickle+fresh herbs+fennel+apple=my kind of melt!
dill pickle+fresh herbs+fennel+apple=my kind of melt!

I normally opt to serve this over mixed greens or peppery arugula because frankly, I just like it like that, but this an awesome gluten free option for my celiac friends or people watching their carb intake. This is a super comforting dish and fairly guilt free, especially if you use greek yogurt instead of mayo!

Try this classic recipe with a bowl of Lazy Pea Soup with Mint & Crème Fraîche, Speedy Greek Style Chicken Soup with Lemon or Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup.

Mostly Veggie Tuna Melt
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Homestyle
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 4 slices of whatever bread you like
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup fennel, finely chopped
  • 1 apple of your choice, cored and diced
  • 1 large dill pickle, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dill, chopped
  • ½ tsp dill seeds
  • ½ cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup prepared mayo or full fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh fennel fronds for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven broiler and set the rack about 5 inches from heat source.
  2. Spread slices of bread on baking sheet and toast.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (with the exception of cheddar cheese) and toss until all ingredients are coated in mayo/greek yogurt.
  4. Distribute the tuna salad mixture on top of the toasted pieces of bread and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  5. Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt & pepper and garnish with fresh fennel fronds or dill.
Notes
Makes 4 open face sandwiches.
Remember to save the fennel fronds. They make a nice finishing touch to the tuna melts.

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