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Pesto Tuna Melts

Pesto tuna melts are a quick, easy and delicious lunch-time meal that takes hardly any effort. Pesto butter is spread on your bread of choice, which is then topped with a pesto tuna salad and shredded mozzarella. Pop it under the broiler for melty pesto goodness.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 melts


  • Baking sheet


  • 1 can of tuna
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp pesto divided
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 2 slices bread ie. baguette, sourdough bread, etc.
  • fresh garnish ie. sprouts, sliced radishes, arugula, etc


  • Drain the tuna and add it to a small mixing bowl along with the mayonnaise, herbs, and half the pesto.
  • Mix the tuna salad and adjust seasonings to taste.
  • In a small dish, stir up the butter with the remaining pesto.
  • Turn on the oven's broiler.
  • Spread the pesto butter on the bread and add the tuna salad and cheese.
  • Pop the open-faced sandwiches into the oven and broil them until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
  • Dress the melts with a fresh garnish and serve immediately.


  • Consider toasting the bread in advance if you want a crunchier tuna melt. 
  • Have fun playing around with the ingredients ie. the herbs, spices, cheese, and bread. There are so many possibilities when it comes to tuna melts! 
Keyword Sandwiches, Tuna