“True Tomato” Sandwich

Meet my lunch, every day until tomato season is over. I'm not sure if this is a regional thing, but I have been obsessed with "true tomato" sandwiches for as long as I can remember. And when I say "true tomato" sandwiches, what I mean is tomatoes in-season — so they actually taste like tomatoes!

Tomatoes are a touchy subject with me. I refuse to buy them out of season, no matter how "faux good" they look. Honestly, what's the point? They taste and smell like bland, damp cardboard with a touch of floor grit. And even if you are the kind of person who does buy them out-of-season (I forgive you; I can't be mad that you're buying produce), with a summer tomato you really appreciate the elements that weren't there during the winter.

It's sliced sunshine.

I can wax poetic about this sphere of wonder all day, but, long story short, a sun-ripened tomato sandwich is my life. And this is how I do a Carlene Version:

  • open-faced (because it's not about the bread)
  • toasted (for a crisp element)
  • sea salt (to bring out the essence of the tomato)
  • and a mixture of small greens (I don't want crisp iceberg or romaine).

There's an art to a tomato sandwich, clearly. 

Tomato Sandwich


1 slice whole wheat bread
1 small, in-season tomato, sliced
1/2 Tbsp. mayo (Tip: Use the real stuff…seriously)
Sea salt
Mixed greens


  1. (This should be fairly obvious, but just in case) Toast the bread.
  2. Add mayo and sliced tomatoes to cover the entire piece of bread.
  3. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt and a handful of mixed greens.

The cherry on top of a tomato sandwich is the fact that it's a beauty food: whole grains, mixed greens and the tomato are foods to love.

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Carlene Thomas, RDN, LD, is a food photographer and recipe developer in Northern Virginia. She and her husband work full time on their business and social media platforms, Healthfully Ever After, where they work with companies to tell their story through food visuals including stop motion, photography and video. Read her blog, HealthfullyEverAfter.co, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.