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Makeover Tuna Melt Bites

For a healthier take on this diner special, our test kitchen updated to tinier "tuna melt bites," pumped up nutrition with whole wheat buns, slashed calories by substituting fat-free mayo and reduced-fat cheese, and added tomato and spinach on top. Give these a try! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 whole wheat hot dog buns, split
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese, quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach


  • In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside. Place hot dog buns cut side up on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Spoon tuna mixture over bottom halves; top with tomato and cheese slices. Broil 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Top with spinach. Replace bun tops. Secure with toothpicks; cut each sandwich into thirds.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 274 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 806mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 27g protein.
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