Do you miss tuna salad melts?? Then be prepare, these tuna melt stuffed onions are gonna blow your mind!!
This low carb recipes so satisfying, super quick, and packed with good for you tuna… Heck, it may be one of my best low carb lunch ideas yet!
We’re taking some cues from the tuna melt sandwich, but ditching the carby bread for flavorful onions instead. Melted cheddar cheese on both sides is the savory icing on top. Trust me when I tell you, these guys are hea-ven-ly.
You have to taste it to believe it, and once you do, you’ll have a new kitchen staple… Let’s get cookin’!
It has all the best parts of a tuna melt, minus those unnecessary carbs! Plus:
- 10 minutes of prep! Kick those feet up and let your oven do the work.
- Customize them how you want – add different veggies, avocado, or low carb buns!
- Tastes like comfort food at it’s very best! But LOW CARB, ya baby!
This healthy recipe tastes very NOT good for you, but is packed with nutrients and is SO easy!
Tuna – Drain and flake your canned tuna to make sure there is no extra moisture getting into your salad.
Onions – You’ll need a large onion to get 9 sets of onion rings. Be sure to remove the papery outer edge before stuffing the rings.
Mayonnaise – This is a classic condiment in tuna recipes, and adds a wonderful creaminess and flavor. If you want, you can swap it for low carb greek yogurt instead. (Psst — Greek yogurt will add some carbs to this dish)
Dill Pickles – Tuna salad often has relish, but there is a lot of added sugar in those. So we’ll mimic relish with diced dill pickles instead — just be sure to grab a product with no added sugar.
Tools To Make
Just 1 or 2 simple tools to get these tuna salad stuffed onions on the table:
- Baking sheet – this recipe makes 9 stuffed onions, so you’ll want a large enough baking pan to accommodate that.
- Parchment paper – this silicone coated paper will help keep our tuna melt stuffed onions from sticking to the pan, especially when we flip it part way through cooking.
Store leftovers in the fridge in airtight containers, keeping components separate until you’re ready to bake them fresh.
Can You Freeze them?
You would not want to freeze these tuna melt stuffed onions, for a few reasons. One: mayonnaise gets weird in the freezer. There is a high likelihood your tuna salad would “break” when it thaws and you’d have extra unpleasant moisture.
Also, we are crisping up the cheese to make a nice little “bun” and we would lose all of that in the freezer.
These really are best served fresh, but luckily, they are super quick and easy to make!
These tuna melt stuffed onions are best served straight from the oven. The onions combine with the cheese to make a “top and bottom” to the tuna salad, but there are other ways to serve these…
And however you eat it, serve it with low carb ketchup I can’t stress this enough – it’s SO good!
Want to mix things up a bit? Here are a few ideas for you:
- Take the creaminess to the next level by adding avocados to your tuna mix. Check out the details in my avocado tuna salad recipe.
- You can make stuffed peppers (instead of using the onion slices) if you’d rather. Try making low carb stuffed peppers like in my stuffed peppers without rice.
- Feel free to add other chopped low carb vegetables to your tuna salad. Diced bell pepper, cucumbers, or tomatoes are great options.
- If you don’t want to use cheddar, you can swap it out with any other kind of low carb cheese. Or mix it up and blend a few!
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- 1 Large Yellow Onion
- 7 1/2 Ounces Tuna* drained and flaked
- 6 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons Parmesan grated
- 1/4 Cup Celery large, finely chopped
- 6 Tablespoons Dill Pickles finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon Curry Powder
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Dill chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 3 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
- Low Carb Ketchup may sound weird, but it's great!
- Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel and slice the onion into 3/4" rings.
- Grab 2 outer onion rings at a time, and place them on the prepared baking sheet -- you should be able to get at least 9 sets of rings before they start to get too small.
- Combine tuna, mayonnaise, parmesan, celery, pickles, lemon juice, curry, dill, and garlic powder together in a large bowl.
- Scoop the tuna salad into the center of each onion ring and press down to flatten out the tops.
- Evenly distribute half the cheese over the onion rings.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove baked melts from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes. Then flip them over, and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes. You'll know they're done once the tops are golden brown.
- Allow them to cool slightly on the baking sheet (this will give the cheese time to harden). Enjoy!
Who doesn’t need more salad recipes? Branch out from old stand-bys and try some of these new versions I dreamed up!
- Chickpea Tuna Salad – Crunchy chickpeas add some incredible texture and flavors to classic tuna!
- Tuna Salad Recipe with Egg – Combine 2 of the best lunch salads to make an amazing super salad!
- Deviled Egg Salad – Your favorite party app just became the most delicious quick lunch!
- Avocado Egg Salad – Add creamy avocados to upgrade your egg salad from great to egg-celent!
- Low Carb Taco Salad – One of my favorite ways to enjoy Taco Tuesday!
I hope this tuna melt stuffed onions recipe brings back memories of dinners with your mom as it did for me! Did you try it with the ketchup???
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and ENJOY!