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Tuna Melt Gets a 'Refresh' with Micro Beets

Tuna Sandwiches are a reminder of childhood and homemade lunches. Wrapped in wax paper or plastic wrap, we can all recall the sweet smell of miracle whip and the crunch of celery. It was a go-to in many households and still is today.

Some will say, why mess with a good thing? We say, variety is the spice of life and there's always room for improvement, even with a classic. We're happy to give this sandwich a nutritional upgrade with the help of our Micro Beets. They offer a needed texture to the smoothness of the tuna and mayo that is satisfying and filling. Instantly, a sandwich becomes a meal!

As far as the other classic ingredients, you'll find them here with a tweak or two - but don't worry, we didn't sacrifice the appeal and flavor you expect and crave. (Healthy substitutes are highlighted in green, for your review and choice.)

Kitchen Tools are simple for this one. You'll want to gather a cutting board, a medium skillet, a mixing bowl, mixing spoons, a sharp knife, fork, and a plate or serving platter.


2 cans solid, water-packed tuna, drained

1/2 c Mayo or yogurt

¼ c finely-chopped kosher dill pickles

2 tbsp. minced red onions

4 slices bread - we used Praeger's Brioche bun, but do you (sourdough is gluten-free)

2 tbsp. lemon from fresh lemon

1 c Micro Beets

2 tsp Mustard

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp black pepper

2-4 slices sharp cheddar cheese (Daiya makes a dairy-free cheddar)

2 tbsp. butter, softened (non-dairy subs: coconut oil; ghee; I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)

Side dish suggestions: Sweet potato chips, fresh apples or fruit, celery sticks

Drinks: Classic sodas are amazing, and have you tried AHA sodas with no sugar?

White Wine pairings: We chose a stylish canned Chardonnay and a Fruit Punch for its ease, but sweeter wines go well too. Pinot Grigio won't overpower the sandwich but also doesn’t get lost in it; try Sauvignon Blanc for a citrus leave; or for sweeter palettes, try a Riesling. (Fitvine and Unsweet carry sugar-free white wines!)


  1. On a cutting board, chop red onion and pickles. Set aside.

  2. Drain cans of tuna and in a medium bowl, flake with a fork.

  3. Add to bowl: mayo, chopped red onions, chopped pickles, mustard, lemon juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Fold!

  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Micro Beets into mixture and fold.

  5. On a platter: set out two pieces of your choice of bread. Put 1-2 pieces of cheese on one side of bread only.

  6. Spoon tuna mixture on top of cheese slices.

  7. Heap with Micro Beets. Place bread on top and coat with butter.

  8. Heat skillet to medium and coat surface with butter.

  9. Place sandwich butter-side down and grill until golden. Meanwhile, coat top piece of bread with butter and flip to grill evenly on that side.

  10. Plate up: arrange sides next to sandwich. Cut in half to reveal all the layers of goodness!

Check out our Recipe Video to see all the easy steps!

We hope you enjoy our 'Refresh' version of this wonderful classic sandwich. If you want to see more recipes like this, please subscribe to our monthly Newsletter (link on our Home Page at bottom).

Have a delicious day! With BrightFresh®

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