This tomato sandwich recipe is a southern classic! It's affordable, quick and easy to make, and comes together with 3 simple ingredients.
If you grew up in the South, you probably already know about the beloved tomato sandwich. If not, you may be wondering what the heck I'm talking about!
It's a cold sandwich cherished by many due to its long history.
The earliest reference of the tomato mayonnaise sandwich was in The Virginia Chronicle in 1911.
What is a tomato sandwich?
A classic tomato sandwich comes together with two slices of soft white bread, creamy mayonnaise, thick-cut tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
Enjoy as a light lunch or easy appetizer! It’s the perfect summer meal.
Tomato Mayo Sandwich Ingredients
This simple southern classic recipe is a childhood favorite.
They are loved by many and the specific type of ingredients are highly debated depending what you grew up eating.
Here’s my rendition to make it fit my dairy free and egg free needs.
White bread only, preferably not toasted so it can soak up all the salty tomato juice goodness!
Gluten free? Use gluten free bread.
I typically use my vegan mayonnaise recipe that combines aquafaba with oil.
Feel free to use your favorite store-bought mayo!
The best tomato for a tomato sandwich is large, thick, and juicy.
Look for a beefsteak tomato or heirloom tomato.
Keep it simple, y’all! Salt and pepper goes a long way here.
Summer’s Best Sandwich
Assembling this southern sandwich couldn’t be easier.
Slice the tomatoes
Wash and pat dry your tomatoes then cut into ½-inch thick slices.
Spread on the mayonnaise
Using a knife, spread a generous amount of mayo on each slice of bread.
Assemble and enjoy
Add a tomato or two to half of the slices of white bread, sprinkle on salt and pepper, then top with the remaining slices and serve.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Super simple
- Quick to make
- Just a few ingredients
- Family favorite
- No fuss lunch or dinner
Want more easy recipes for summer? Try these next:
- Tomato Galette
- Easy Bruschetta
- BLT Pasta Salad
- Vegan Macaroni Salad
- Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- Tomato Pesto Bruschetta
- Veggie Pasta Salad
Classic Tomato Sandwich
- 2 large ripe tomatoes
- 8 slices white bread
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut the tomatoes into ½-inch thick slices.
- Spread a generous amount of mayo on each slice of white bread.
- Add a tomato slice or two to half of the slices of white bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Top with the remianing slices of bread to close sandwich and serve immediately.
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