This easy tomato avocado tuna melt turns a classic deli favourite into a healthy low carb, keto friendly, high protein, kid approved lunch or dinner.
I don’t know about you, but I was raised eating classic tuna melts. My hubby still requests them on the regular. I have no qualms with the OG, but I figured we could make it a more frequent menu addition by throwing in some yummy cream cheese and avocado, smothering it with cheddar and mozzarella and stuffing it into an antioxidant-rich tomato.
In the great words of Ina Garten, how can that be bad?
My Easy Tomato Avocado Tuna Melt checks off all the boxes. It’s creamy, gooey, savoury and super healthy- plus it’s keto friendly, high in protein and totally KID APPROVED.
How to Make EASY tomato Avocado Tuna Melt
My own version of a classic tuna melt ditches the bread and instead I’m using huge beefsteak tomatoes to deliver all the juicy deliciousness. In a bowl, I combine tuna, avocado, dill pickles, green onions, a little mayo and cream cheese. I know, you could legit just eat it as is.
Then I scoop out the mixture onto thick tomato slices, top with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and let them broil until the top yields that crispy brown crust we all know and love.
Yep, it’s all your childhood dreams reimagined and it feels. so. good.
Lunch (or dinner) is served lovelies. You can either use a fork and a knife, or get crazy and dig right in if you don’t want to wait. My son (Baby E) LOVES these easy tomato avocado tuna melts, and they’re also totally hubby approved.
What About Mercury Levels in Tuna?
It’s true that certain species of tuna (mainly large ocean fish) contain higher levels of mercury, but it really comes down to choosing lower mercury fish. When shopping for tuna, choose light canned tuna which has the lowest amounts of mercury. Albacore is a moderate choice, so you’ll just want to limit how much of it you give children per week (150 g/ week for 5-11 year olds, and 125 g/ week for kids under 5). Most people are not getting anywhere closer to those amounts so I really wouldn’t worry if you’re choosing light tuna most often for these easy tomato avocado tuna melts.
Can You Put This Avocado Tuna Mixture on Bread?
Of course!! Go classic, by all means, and add a slice of tomato to a piece of bread, top it with the avocado tuna mixture, cover it with cheese and go to down broiling it off. I love getting MORE tuna filling with my tomato base, but there are definitely days I’m feeling I need the extra carbs too. If you’re kids are a little iffy on the idea, then for sure, put it on their favourite whole grain bread!
Now I want to hear from you.
Are you a tuna melt fan?
Would you try making these Keto Avocado Tuna Melt?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!
Keto Avocado Tuna Melt
- 2 cans tuna
- ¼ c minced dill pickles
- 1 tbsp parsley dill or Green onions
- ¼ cup mayo or yogurt
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 small avocado mashed
- ½ cup shredded cheddar
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 thick slices of tomatoes from 2-3 tomatoes
- Cut 8 thick slices out of 2 to 3 large tomatoes and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- In a bowl, combine the tuna, dill pickles, herbs, mayo, cream cheese and avocado.
- Spoon out the tuna mixture onto each tomato slice.
- Top each tomato slice with cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
- Add pan to oven and broil for 5-7 minutes.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.