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Zesty Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches

No more boring tuna in the lunchbox! Try this easy recipe for Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches for a new, zesty flavor combo.

Another great one pot recipe to try is this One Pot Tuna with Noodles Recipe!

Lunch box packing - parmesan tuna sandwiches

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Feeding the kids in the summer is a little easier than packing all those lunchboxes. This summer, I’ve put a different child in charge of choosing and preparing lunch each weekday.

My son (10 years old) likes to make these Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches because the prep is easy (just a can opener), and they’re a zesty take on an old standby. What a great way to liven up the lunch sandwich rut!

If you don’t have fresh basil (I love that summer garden!), just used the dried spice.

How many sandwiches does this Parmesan Tuna recipe make?

This recipe makes 4 regular sandwiches or 2 giant ones (the way my son and husband like to eat it).

What bread is best for Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches?

I had mine on boring whole wheat bread, but this tuna recipe would also be great in a pita bread or on top of a green salad. My kids and husband used Kaiser rolls.

Another way that my kids like to eat tuna salad is with crackers. They pack both in their lunchboxes and scoop up the tuna with crackers instead of using bread.

Parmesan Tuna Sandwiches

Lunch box packing - parmesan tuna sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cans tuna in water, drained and chunked
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • Bread/rolls of choice


  • In a bowl, stir together tuna, mayonnaise, cheese, basil, and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve on sandwich bread or roll.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 745mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g

    This recipe is linked up to Pinterest Foodie at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, Inspiration Monday at i should be mopping the floor, and Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou. 

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    Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}

    Monday 7th of July 2014

    These look SO FAB! Yum. I love tuna.

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