Avocado Tuna Melt is the perfect after school snack for the kids, or simply a quick and easy lunch for the Tuna lovers among us! – Hungry now? Jump to Recipe
Tuna and avocado really is one of my all time favourite combinations, it’s literally making me weak at the knees just thinking about it. But stick it on a bagel? With some fresh tomato and cheese?? I’m done.
But in the bigger picture, the thing I truly love about working with a simple can of tuna is it’s versatility.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of mixing up some tuna mayo, sticking it in some pasta or bread and be done with it. I mean don’t get me wrong, that’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve heard of doing, but tuna offers itself to so many other beautiful flavours.
One thing I love to do for a quick lunch is grab a couple cans of tuna and whip up an avocado tuna melt or 2… Or 4.
Because seriously it’s way too easy not to!
Avocado Tuna Melt Ingredients
- Dijon Mustard
- Green Onion
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Lemon Juice
How to make a Tuna Avocado Melt
- Grab yourself a couple cans of tuna and mix in with the fillings and seasoning. Place to one side.
- Get an avo and a couple tomatoes and slice them up. Arrange in a circular motion on a toasted bagel. Season and give a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- Top with the tuna and finish with some cheese and pop under the grill until golden and bubbly. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice!
Easy right? 10000x times better than a boring avocado and tuna sandwich!
Not just a pretty face, these avocado tuna melts are actually packed with flavour. I love a subtle punch of garlic with a nice twang from the cayenne pepper and dijon mustard. A fresh blast of parsley with a good squeeze of lemon juice, all wrapped in some creamy mayo, topped with some ooey gooey cheese. Now that’s my kinda lunch.
Could you just finely chop the tomato and avocado as well? The simple answer – yes. But I feel it’s more of a textural treat to keep them sliced. Besides, look how pretty they are!
And kids love them. A nice way to sneak in some veggies and serve a nice hearty after school treat.
What bread to use for a Tuna Melt?
Personally I love a bagel, not just for their taste but also because it helps create that perfect circle of joy. However do go ahead and usual regular bread if that’s what your tastebuds are calling for. I advice going for a thick slice in comparison to a thin, flimsy slice.
What Cheese to use for a Tuna Melt?
I recommend a sharp cheddar cheese. The cheese is one of the hero ingredients of a tuna melt so I nice strong cheddar will let it shine. But whatever you fancy, just make sure it’s a cheese with a low melting point so you get a nice cheesy tuna melt. Mozzarella also works well if you want a more subtle flavour.
What to serve with an Avocado Tuna Melt?
For me it’s always gotta be some Sweet Potato Fries. But a nice side salad will also work great 🙂
All in all this recipe super fun, flavoursome and incredibly moreish. The recipe below will serve 4, but feel free to bulk make and double the tuna mix in preparation for your next tuna craving!
How to make an Avocado Tuna Melt (Full Recipe & Video)
'Avocado Tuna Melt is the perfect after school snack for the kids, or simply a quick and easy lunch for the Tuna lovers among us!'
- 2 Bagels
- 2 cans Tuna, drained (approx 185g each)
- 2 Tomatoes, sliced
- 1 Avocado,sliced
- 2 hefty tbsp Mayo
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 Green Onion, finely diced
- 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 4 pinches Cheddar Cheese, grated
- Lemon Juice, to taste
- Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
In a bowl, combine your Tuna, Mayo, Mustard, Onion, Parsley, Garlic, Seasoning, Cayenne Pepper and Lemon Juice. Place to one side.
Half, destone and slice your Avocado into evenly sized strips (8 strips per half). Half your Tomatoes and slice to similar thickness. You should end up with 16 slices of Avocado and 16 slices of Tomato.
Evenly slice your bagels in half and toast either under the grill or in toaster.
Assemble by placing a a slice of Avocado on the bagel, then a Tomato slice and repeat in a circular pattern. 4 slices of each should cover the surface.
Sprinkle a little Salt and Pepper and drizzle a bit of Olive Oil. Top with Tuna then finish with Cheese.
Grill unto golden and bubbly on top. Serve with an extra squeeze of Lemon Juice and a sprinkle of Parsley.
Watch how to make it!
a) If you don't have bagels then a thick slice of toast will work just as perfectly!
For another recipe portraying the beauty of avocado and seafood, why not try my Sweet Chilli Prawns with Avocado and Mango Salad.