Salmon Melts

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Warm and juicy sandwiches that are made with crunchy and garlicky bread, with a delicious salmon filling and topped with slices of fresh tomatoes and avocados and covered with melted and gooey cheese.


  • 2 cups cooked salmon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons capers, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (slightly less)
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/21 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley, chives 
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 baguette, sliced 
  • 12 tomatoes and/or avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup grated cheese, finely shredded (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Swiss, Provolone, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, etc.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat the butter or oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, seasoning with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Sauté on medium heat until the onions and garlic are softened and cooked through, 5-7 minutes. 
  3. In a large bowl, use a fork to mash the cooked salmon until it’s flaky. (You can also used canned salmon or tuna, mash with a fork as well.) Add the cooked onions and garlic, the capers, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, fresh herbs, salt and ground black pepper. Mix until evenly combined. 
  4. Place the sliced bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast the bread until it’s lightly golden. Take out of the oven and use the sliced garlic cloves to rub all over the surface of each of the slices of bread. The garlic will rub right into the toasted bread (the crisp bread will sort of be a grating surface for the garlic). This gives the sandwiches a pleasant and mild garlic flavor without being too overpowering.
  5. Top the toasted bread with the salmon filling, spreading it out evenly over the bread. Place a slice of tomato and/or avocado on top of the salmon filling and then top with grated cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for another 7-10 minutes, until the sandwiches are warmed through and the cheese is melted.


Instead of cooking onions and garlic, you can omit them and use sliced green onions instead. This will make the filling even easier to prepare. 

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