Tuna Melt Panino

Tuna Melt Panino

4 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 20 minutes

Warm, crunchy bread, melty cheese over creamy tuna and some fresh spinach to cut the richness makes a very satisfying lunch. Yum!


1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice; (half a lemon)
9 oz light tuna in water; (2 cans), drained
Kosher salt
Black pepper; freshly ground
Lemon pepper; or chopped fresh herbs (optional)
Handful fresh spinach; washed and dried
4 pieces Italian or Foccacia bread; (4×4? or so)
4 slices provolone cheese
Olive oil; (or regular) cooking spray

Original recipe makes 4



Mix mayonnaise and lemon juice in a bowl. Add tuna and blend, then season to taste. If desired, add lemon pepper or chopped herbs to taste.

Slice each piece of bread into two (from side). Spray outside of bread with cooking spray and lay sprayed side down on cutting board. Spread bottom half of bread with tuna mixture, top with some fresh spinach and add a slice of cheese. Top with other half of bread.

Preheat a panino grill, or heat a grill pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Grill sandwich until the cheese melts and the bread is crisp and golden, about 5 minutes. If using a grill pan, press down on top of sandwich while grilling to compact (I used a cast iron skillet) and you will need to turn sandwich over halfway through to achieve that lovely pressed, grilled texture on both sides. Try not to squish all the goodies out the side like I did.

Serve immediately.

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Tuna Melt Panino

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Very good. Didn't have panini bread, which would make it that much better.
ReyV 3y ago

Really good lunch idea. I added celery and shallots for some extra crunch. Also, to save a few calories, I used reduced fat shredded cheddar. My husband loved it too!!
Gutzj01 3y ago

Quick, easy, delicious. An instant family favorite.
notachefjustacook 5y ago

It’s very easy to customize this sandwich to your taste or to what you have on hand. Switch out herbs and seasonings, greens and bread to create your own masterpiece! [I posted this recipe.]
digigirltx 7y ago

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