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Garlic Toasted Ciabatta Tuna Melt….Family Fun At Sea

Good Monday morning! Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

We sure had a fun filled weekend. We got to spend some time with my in-laws on a whale watching excursion Saturday at Balboa Island. I posted some pictures below of our day. It was awesome. Even though we didn’t see any whales, we got to see lots of dolphins and sea lions. They were so cute, the boys went nuts for it. My husband on the other hand was falling asleep, what a geek. Anyway, I totally recommend it for anyone coming to Newport Beach, it makes for a great afternoon.

Here’s a great sandwich I made last week for lunch that tastes like it’s right out of a restaurant. Crispy, buttery garlic toasted ciabatta bread smothered with swiss cheese, tasty tuna fish and fresh spinach leaves. So simple and oh so good! Give it a try for lunch this week, you’ll love it!

Garlic Toasted Ciabatta Tuna Melt

1 loaf Ciabatta, sliced in half longwise (I picked mine up at Trader Joes, it’s wonderful!)
4 Tablespoons soft butter
1 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Seasoning
2 Slices swiss cheese

2 Cans Albacore tuna, drained
1 Cup mayonnaise (or however much you prefer)
1 Tablespoon mustard
2 Tablespoons dill pickle juice
1/4 cup chopped up dill pickles
Pinch of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

2 Cups baby spinach leaves, fresh

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place ciabatta slices onto a baking sheet, cut side up. Butter both sides with butter then sprinkle with garlic salt. Top each slice of bread with swiss cheese then bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is crusted. Remove from oven.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, pickle juice, pickles, salt and pepper. Top tuna onto bottom slice of bread, top with spinach leaves then top with other piece of ciabatta. Slice and eat!!


Have a wonderful week! See you all soon!

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  1. 1
    The Japanese Redneck says:

    Sandwich looks awesome. Bet the boys had a great time. Great pictures.

  2. 2
    Lynda says:

    The sandwich looks really tasty…I love tuna!
    Your beach photos are great- this is as close as I'll be able to get to the water this year!

  3. 3
    ~ Kelly Ann ♥ says:

    That tuna Sandwich looks sooo yummy- I LOVE TUNA MELTS-

    I just printed out this recipe


  4. 4
    Sara says:

    Yummy! Cute family pics. 🙂

  5. 5
    La Nouvelle Femme says:

    Yum! That sounds so good. I haven't had lunch yet today, I wonder if we have any tuna.. I might have to recreate it.

  6. 6
    Sharon says:

    The sandwiches look delicious and I love the photos of your beautiful family!

  7. 7
    Sylvie says:

    That looks like a great sandwich and an even better day out!

  8. 8
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love tuna melts but on garlic ciabatta makes it even better and way more flavorful…yum!

  9. 9
    Leslie says:

    ohh yum..I could eat my screen!!!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures

  10. 10
    Helene says:

    Beautiful picture of the family. Balboa Island sounds like a great place.

  11. 11
    ♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ says:

    YAY…you had fun at the beach!! Gorgeous pics & a great ciabatta. YUM!!

  12. 12
    HoneyB says:

    This looks awesome! Would be perfect for my lunch today!

  13. 13
    Dave and Tricia Folsom Family Fun says:

    I love tuna but the rest of my family starts gagging when they smell it! It drives me crazy! They don't know what they are missing.

  14. 14
    CookiePie says:

    Wow – fantastic sandwich!! And great family pics!

  15. 15
    Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    It looks like you had lots of fun during your trip! That sandwich looks so scrumptious!



  16. 16
    Liz - Meal Makeover Mom says:

    I love the Swiss cheese/tuna combo. Looks delicious. We were in Chatham, MA last week and saw a bunch of harbor seals right off the main pier. They went nuts when a fishing boat came in and started tossing them a fishy lunch!

  17. 17
    Dawn (dandy) says:

    I'm soooo hungry now!

  18. 18
    Christine Medifast says:

    Delicious. I am a huge fan of a tuna melt and you've just topped it all off. Thanks for this and hope you guys had tons of fun at the sea!

  19. 19
    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says:

    Hi Jenny, wanted to tell you I've awarded you with the Kreativ blogger award! Stop by and pick it up!

  20. 20
    Rachel says:

    I love tuna melts. I might have to give this a try!

  21. 21
    Kim A says:

    waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh….I miss you all SOOOOOOOO much!!!!! Love the whale watching photos!

  22. 22
    KathyC says:

    Yum! I would love this sandwich! Great looking family!

  23. 23
    Colleen says:

    Tuna melts are my FAVORITE! What a great variation!

  24. 24
    Owyn from Medifast Coupons says:

    Tuna melts are always so delicious. Thanks for sharing your take on the tuna melt and telling us about your fun at the sea!

  25. 25
    Tina says:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I made this for my family this afternoon after a day out at the park and they loved it.

    Thanks again!

  26. 26

    The word “melt” did it for me 🙂 You have a beautiful family and you’re gorgeous!

  27. 27

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