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Tuna Melt on Pan de Sal

Inspired by the Kamala Harris Tuna Melt, I made my own version of a tuna salad on Pan de Sal, the Filipino bun. I used slices of sharp, Queso de Bola (Edam Cheese), and garnished the sandwich filling with fresh lettuce, and onion slices. Serve with piping-hot soup for a quick meal. This is an Asian in Ameica recipe by Elizabeth Ann Quirino. Serves 2 people.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Merienda
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Tuna Melt on Pan de Sal
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Toaster


  • 2 cans (5 oz. each) tuna, drained
  • 1 teaspoon calamansi or lemon juice
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Sandwich

  • 4 to 6 pieces Pan de Sal (Filipino bun)
  • 4 to 6 slices Queso de Bola (Edam cheese), or use sharp cheddar
  • ¼ of a whole onion, red or white, sliced for garnish
  • 4 to 6 leaves fresh lettuce, for garnish


  • Drain the liquid from the canned tuna.
    Place the tuna in a medium-sized bowl. Using a fork, flake the tuna.
  • In the same bowl, combine the tuna with the lemon or calamansi juice, chopped celery, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley.
    Season with salt and black pepper.
    *To store: Keep the tuna filling in pre-sterilized mason jars.

To make the sandwich:

  • Slice open the Pan de Sal buns.
    Place a slice of cheese on each one.
    Toast in an oven toaster for 2 to 3 minutes till brown and cheese softens.
  • Fill each pan de sal with cheese with the tuna filling.
    Garnish each sandwich with lettuce leaves and an onion slice on top.
    Serve with piping-hot soup for a meal.

Cook's comments:

  • You can substitute sliced bread or whatever bread you have available.
    Sometimes, I bake my own Filipino Pan de Sal. My recipe is on a previous blog post. Click here.
    For a meal, I like to pair this Tuna Melt with soup like this Beef Macaroni Sopas from a past post. Click here.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg