Herby Tuna Melts with Caramelized Onions

Woohooo, it’s the weekend!!!

I love a good sandwich for dinner with a quick homemade tomato soup (recipe coming).  Growing up we always made tuna with mayo and celery on white bread.  Ahh the good ole days, when my metabolism was fast!  I could eat anything!  Well, not any more:)  Having kids of my own and aging parents I can now see how nutrition is really important!

This sandwich has a little bit of mayo just to bind the tuna, but the addition of fresh herbs and lemon juice give it an updated flavor you will love!  If you don’t want the added calories of using butter to grill your sandwich, spread your bread with dijon mustard instead and use cooking spray in the pan.

Remember to be thankful

God Bless,


Herby Tuna Melts with Caramelized Onions

Two 12-ounce can tuna, drained (I like Albacore)

4 T mayonnaise

Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus more if desired (you can add some zest too if you want)

1/4 cup chopped green onion, white parts and some of the green parts

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

Freshly ground black pepper (tuna is usually pretty salty)

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1-2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

8 slices sourdough bread (I usually use a nice whole grain bread)

8 slices Cheddar


For the tuna:  In a large bowl, break up the tuna with a fork and add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, green onions, basil, cilantro, parsley, and mint. Mix well to combine. Taste and season with pepper and extra lemon juice and mayonnaise as desired.

For the Caramelized Onions:  Melt 1-2 tablespoons butter in a sauce pan and add onions.  Cook onions on very low for about 25-30.  Caramelized onions can’t be rushed!  I learned this from a friend whose husband is Indian.  Years ago, we had a huge day of cooking at her house and then had a dinner party that night.  I have always remembered how golden brown the onions were in our dishes.  You can even get creative and add a bit of beer or balsamic vinegar at the end of cooking to enhance the flavor.

For the sandwich:  Brush the softened butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.  Place the bread buttered-side down on a baking sheet. Divide the tuna among 4 slices of bread and top each with 2 slices of cheese and caramelized onions. Complete the sandwich with the remaining 4 slices of bread, buttered-side up.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and place 2 sandwiches in the pan and cook until toasted and golden brown on each side. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.


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