Tuna Melt Picnic

It has finally stopped raining and the sun has come out! It’s time to breakout the picnic blanket. While many people do the usual cold cuts, I decided to celebrate the first picnic of the year with a fancier sandwich. We always have the ingredients for tuna salad around, and have fun messing around with the flavor profiles. This variation skips the mayo, but uses mustard and lemon juice to make it stick together. Our neighbor gifted us with some tomato basil bread which I used for my melt, while my boyfriend used our homemade bread. Louis voted for his own sandwich, but only got a taste of cheddar cheese instead.

RECIPE: Tuna Melts
Makes 2 Sandwiches

Cutting Board
Measuring Spoon

2 Cans Tuna in water
6-7 Radishes
Lemon Juice
Cayenne Pepper
Cheddar Cheese

1) Drain the tuna and toss it in a bowl.
2) Chop radishes into small pieces.
3) Mix about 2-3 T of mustard and 1 t lemon juice into the tuna.
4) Add radishes, two big pinches of dill, a few dashes of cayenne pepper, and stir until evenly coated. IMG_0911

5) Thinly slice cheddar cheese.
6) On one side of bread, pile tuna salad and top with cheddar cheese.
7) Put sandwiches under the broiler until cheese melts.
8) Serve warm or pack for a great picnic lunch.


Its hard to take a nice picture of tuna melts since they are such messy sandwiches, especially when you are just going to wrap them up. To go along with our sandwiches, we packed strawberries, pretzels, and cookies for dessert. It was a good picnic. Though Louis never got the bite of my sandwich that he wanted.


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