Summertime Tomato Sandwiches

My grandpa wanted nothing to do with a tomato. He could not stand them, and refused to the eat them. I am uncertain why he was so resistant to the wonderful fruit, and one that grows in abundance in Indiana. If you have never been to Indiana and had one of their delicious tomatoes, it is a must. Big, hearty, juicy, and full of summertime flavor.

Tomato Sandwiches Recipe

I have probably stated it on this site once or twice already, but I was actually never a big fan of tomatoes until later in life. I thought I was going down the same path as my grandpa for many years, after all, many family members called me ‘junior’, in the sense that I took after my grandpa. It was when I met my wife, when I began to enjoy them. I recall my first real love of tomatoes when she sliced a couple of them up, seasoned them with pepper, placed them in a bowl, and drizzled soy sauce over them. I loved them, and really began to utilize them in a lot of my cooking from that point on.

But let’s face it, tomatoes, and good tomatoes are hard to find. Sure, they are plentiful in every grocery store, but they are not the same as growing your own, or buying a nice organic one from the store. As the heat is finally here in Wisconsin, the tomato was calling for me, and one thing that reminds me of a great summer, is a great tomato sandwich.


  • 1 beefsteak tomato, thickly sliced, 2 per sandwich
  • Good, hearty bread, thickly sliced (I used a rosemary boule)
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 small bunch of fresh Italian basil, rough chop
  • sea salt
  • cracked black pepper

To a small bowl, add the mayonnaise and chopped basil leave, and mix. Set aside. When you are ready to make the sandwich, lather each slice of the thick cut bread with the mayonnaise and basil mixture. Lay two tomatoes down on the mayonnaise and season generously with salt and pepper. Take the other slice, and mayonnaise side down, top onto the tomatoes.

That’s it. I know it sounds dorky, but a plain tomato sandwich like this with a bit of basil mayonnaise just screams summertime. Enjoy.

What are some of your favorite summertime dishes?

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

2 thoughts to “Summertime Tomato Sandwiches”

  1. Like you, I never liked tomatoes as a child- probably because I was given so many awful ones. Now I love them (the good ones), and a favorite recipe to go with grilled whatever is Panzanella.

  2. You are right GOOD tomatoes are a rare find, but thickly sliced with a sprinkling of salt and fresh black pepper is for me one of the highlights of summer. My hubby is pretty much like you 🙂

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