Photo: Johnny Autry
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Solid white tuna is albacore, the most sustainable choice among varieties of tuna.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Combine first 11 ingredients in a medium bowl; toss gently to coat.

Step 3

Top bread evenly with cheese; broil 4 minutes or until bubbly. Arrange 2 tomato slices and about 1/3 cup tuna mixture over each bread slice. Top sandwiches evenly with spinach.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

mtbike40's Review

December 08, 2013
This recipe for a tuna melt has some great elements to kick it up from your normal tuna salad. I was amazed how adding the nuts and the chickpeas really kept me full for the rest of the day. The addition of these items also stretches the tuna and make it so that it is not the focus of the dish.

maddypotpie's Review

August 06, 2012
The walnuts and chickpeas add a deliciously unique texture, but the overall flavor was a bit lackluster. Next time I will add a few more spices to the mix.

carolfitz's Review

July 26, 2012
Very good. In the morning made tuna salad to recipe but assembled that night as a two-slices-of-bread grilled sandwich rather than open-face (just too hot to use the broiler). Served with cold gazpacho, pickles & chips.

tjlovescooking's Review

July 17, 2012
This recipe takes the lowly tuna melt and turns it into a delicious dinner! I was a little hesitant regarding chickpeas and nuts, but I'm glad that I followed the recipe as written. The only substitution I made was to use shredded triple cheddar, since I didn't have Swiss cheese. I'm looking forward to trying this with the Swiss cheese the next time I make it. I served this along with the Basil Tomato Soup, Southern Living, October 2010 found in My Recipes. This will be added to my weeknight dinner rotation.

blackberrygirl's Review

June 19, 2012
Made this for my 8-year-old and myself after work one night and we both thought this was outstanding!! We loved the flavor (used Dave's tuna from Whole Foods. Yes, it is more expensive but the taste is incredible). Plus I loved the addition of the walnuts and chick peas - especially with the nuttiness of the swiss cheese. Really took a tuna melt concept to a whole new level.

skspillman's Review

June 03, 2012
I followed the recipe exactly except I used a whole can of chickpeas and used chunk light tuna instead of solid white since that's what I had on hand in the pantry. These sandwiches are a filling lunch to take to work, and the flavors are an interesting blend. I'll put these in my take-to-work rotation.