Tomato Sandwich

July 29, 2010

Author Notes: It's early here for tomatoes--- we haven't yet gotten them in our CSA box-- but fortunately there's a small farmer near us who has just started selling his tomatoes--and they are wonderful. Tomato season is so short here in the Northeast, and the tomatoes are so amazing, that all I want to do is salt them and eat them. Or have them in a sandwich. Which I do--frequently. A tomato sandwich is really best when the tomatoes are fresh picked and still warm from the garden. Slice them thickly, use the best bread you can find, and enjoy. Summer is short in these parts---this is pure pleasure.drbabs

Serves: 1


  • 1 heirloom tomato, fresh picked if possibe
  • 2 slices thick whole wheat or multigrain bread. You may be tempted to toast it, but don't! You want the bread to be soft.)
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Chopped fresh parsley and/or basil (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. Stir lemon juice (and herbs if using) into mayonnaise and spread on both slices of bread. Slice tomato thickly and lay slices on 1 slice of bread. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper onto the tomato slices, and cover with second slice of bread.
  2. I dare you to eat just one!

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Reviews (22) Questions (0)

22 Reviews

LizC August 3, 2010
This is my favorite thing to eat all summer. With a great, nice tomato nothing is better!
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drbabs August 3, 2010
I totally agree!
Tom B. August 1, 2010
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drbabs August 1, 2010
:) Too bad you don't still live on Long Island--I live in Huntington--we could have a Food 52 meetup!
Kelsey B. July 30, 2010
Simply the best.
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drbabs July 30, 2010
Thanks, Kelsey! I think so, too!
JeffDeVore July 30, 2010
Missing one key ingredient: a big glass of cold milk!
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drbabs July 30, 2010
Great idea!
dymnyno July 30, 2010
simple and easy... especially from your own back yard!
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drbabs July 30, 2010
Yes, and so good....If I had AntoniaJames' talent, I'd used home baked bread.
Lizthechef July 29, 2010
Me too!! Except I toast the bread - to each his/her own...
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drbabs July 29, 2010
So true...but seriously--give it a try toasted!
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drbabs July 29, 2010
Oops--i meant untoasted!
Sagegreen July 29, 2010
I love the little touches you are adding to! And yes, while still warm from the garden is the best.
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drbabs July 29, 2010
mrslarkin July 29, 2010
My 2nd favorite way to eat an heirloom tomato! Perfect, Dr. B. and thank you!! (Guess what I'm having for lunch today??)
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drbabs July 29, 2010
Guess what I had for breakfast!
mrslarkin July 29, 2010
yum! that was deelish!
cucinettaNYC July 29, 2010
I love this sandwich. As I kid I probably ate it every day during the summer. Thank you for reminding me of this childhood favorite. Running out to buy some more tomatoes now!
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drbabs July 29, 2010
Even though I grew up in the South, I didn't discover this treat until I grew my own tomatoes.
MrsWheelbarrow July 29, 2010
Someone had to post this.... Is there anything in the world better than a tomato sandwich?
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drbabs July 29, 2010
I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the tomato!