Curried Tuna Melt Panini

Get ready for a flavor explosion friends!

As you guys know, the hubby and I have been meat free for five months now…but we do occasionally still eat seafood. I used to make tuna salad for lunch all the time…but I haven’t made any in a while. A few days ago I got a craving for it so I got to work in the kitchen.

What I came up with is a cross between a tuna melt and a tuna salad sandwich. It packs tons of flavor thanks to the curry powder and cayenne pepper, a little crunch from the onion and red pepper and extra protein from the greek yogurt and hummus. It also has some healthy fats thanks to the avocado!

Best of all, it’s a cinch to make and comes together quickly!

Curried Tuna Melt Panini

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 5 min

Keywords: sandwich healthy tuna avocado hummus

Ingredients (3 paninis)

  • 1 can low-sodium tuna
  • 1/4 c hummus
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • 2 Tbsp onion, diced
  • 1/2 c red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp plain, non-fat Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • whole wheat bread
  • pepperjack cheese


1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl. Smash and mix until well combined.

2. Scoop onto bread, top with 1/2 slice of cheese and place in a panini press (or George Foreman grill).

3. Heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

*Notes, if you don’t have a panini press, just toast the bread and stick the sandwich in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the cheese!

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The version in the pictures doesn’t actually have any diced red peppers in it because I used the last one when I made this the first time. When I realized how good it was, I knew I needed to make it again to snap a few pics for you guys :)

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Today’s Workout:

Arms & Abs Workout

My arms felt like jello afterwards. I think the ab part could have been a little more challenging. I’ll up the intensity a little next time.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Oh my goodness that sounds amazing! I love tuna melts and tuna sandwiches…and this sounds like a great combo :D. What kind of whole wheat bread is that? It looks great!
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Wedding Date and Venue

  2. This sounds delish! I have to be in the mood for a tuna melt but this would do it!
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Sweet Potato Poppers

  3. sounds delicious as always! i need to make some tuna salad – i have some tuna in my pantry that i got a sale a while ago and i should really use it up! adding it to our meal plan right now…. :)
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..bummer badgers, part 2

  4. Sounds great! My fiancé hates tuna but I want to find a way to trick him into eating it and liking it, lol. A panini would be a great way to achieve it! Are you going to blog about last night’s dinner? I can’t stop thinking about it, lol.
    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio recently posted..Detox Day 1 Recap

  5. I absolutely love curry and avocado, so there is no way this sandwich could possibly be bad! Can’t wait to try it! :-)
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted..New Year, New Workout

  6. I’m glad you wrote this down after you tweeted it. OMG. I am making this today!
    StoriesAndSweetPotatoes recently posted..In Which I Make An Old Lady Cry

  7. The flavors in this look perfect – it’s like you combined all of my favorite things. Except the tuna… I don’t do the seafood 9picky and lame, I know). Wonder if this would work with tofu?
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Asian-Inspired Sweet Potato Lentil Loaf

  8. I’ve been craving tuna for a couple of weeks – this looks easy enough that I can totally make it for dinner tonight!
    Laura @ LauraLivesLife recently posted..Am I hungry?

  9. This sounds totally delicious! I Love tuna salad and tuna melts. I just got a panini maker for Christmas. I am going to have to try this one out!

  10. I typically do not eat tuna, but I would definitely get down with this melty, panini-style version!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps + Celebrity Crushes

  11. I really like how you utilize yogurt instead of mayo. I have to try it. PS avocado in the tuna mix is awesome!!
    Susan (Oliepants) recently posted..Dosa & Coconut Chutney

  12. Curried tuna melt sounds and looks delicious. I’m glad to hear that it’s not a tuna bake. I don’t care for hot tuna but hubby keeps wanting to make it lol I’ll have to try yours.

    Off to check out your giveaway.
    Angie recently posted..Black Beans & Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

  13. I’m not a tuna salad fan but egg salad is delicious!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..A Day Off

  14. yum! not sure about the melt part of this (hot tuna and me don’t get along) but i love the tuna salad part! :)
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef recently posted..Menu Plan

  15. That looks amazing! I have a spinach and tuna salad, but your sammy looks so much better :)
    Lauren @ HugsKissesNDishes recently posted..WIAW Cabin Style

  16. I came across your recipe on looking for a way to use a can of tuna I had in the pantry. I’m eating my sandwich right now and it is very tasty! I’ll make this again in the future for sure! Bookmarked! :)
    Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year recently posted..Post-illness energy boost!


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