Tuna Melt Quesadillas

Yields: Nutrition: Prep Time: Total Time:
3 servings 360 calories 15 min 15 min

Helps with these side effects:
 Taste alterations, weight loss

A classic with a twist gives new life to the tuna melt.

Quesadillas are a good choice when a sandwich seems overwhelming. Choose full-fat options if trying to gain weight and reduced-fat if you're watching calories.

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Microwaving the quesadilla instead of pan-frying or baking keeps it softer.

This recipe could help with the following symptoms or side effects: taste alterations and unintentional weightloss.

Before making any drastic changes to your diet be sure to consult with your doctor or nutritionist. While these recipes may relieve common symptoms, your doctor may have you on a specific diet due to your treatment plan. If you have questions regarding your diet please consult with your doctor. The information presented here is not intended to substitute the advice of your doctor or care team.


  • 1 (5-ounce) can tuna in water, drained
  • 1 tablespoon regular or reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish
  • 3 (8-inch) whole wheat or plain tortillas
  • 3/4 cup shredded regular or reduced-fat Cheddar or “Mexicanstyle” cheese


  1. In a bowl, flake the tuna. Add the mayonnaise and mustard, and stir to combine. Add the onion and relish.

  2. Place 1 tortilla on a microwave-safe plate, and spread half with 1/3 of the tuna mixture. Sprinkle the other half with 1/4 cup cheese. Fold the tuna half over the cheese half. Microwave on high for 40 to 50 seconds, or until cheese melts. Repeat twice with the remaining ingredients.

This material is furnished for informational purposes and is for your personal use only. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise, judgment and specific advice of your health care professional. Based on your condition and treatment plan you may have different dietary needs. Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet plan.


Reproduced, with permission, from Jeanne Besser et al., What to Eat During Cancer Treatment (Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 2009) 124. ©2009 by the American Cancer Society.