“How-To” Make a Tomato Sandwich

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How To Make a Tomato Sandwich

A few ex-boyfriends ago, I learned an incredibly valuable less: how to properly make a tomato sandwich. I am forever grateful.

During the summers we’d drive to Virginia to his family’s lake house. It was there where I’d buy big-ass tomatoes from old men who sold them out of their pick-up trucks parked alongside the road. They were beautiful and warm from the sun (the tomatoes not the old men). There’s something about a southern tomato that’s just really special. They’re kinda magical.

How To Make a Tomato Sandwich

The first step to a glorious tomato sandwich is salting the tomatoes and allowing them to sit and drain on a few paper towels. This makes it so the tomato sandwich doesn’t end up being soggy. NO SOG ZONE.

I learned that tomato sandwiches MUST be eaten on white bread.

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Normally I wouldn’t really eat white bread but with tomato sandwiches they’re a must. And mayonnaise. Preferably Duke’s mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise goes on both sides of bread. The tomatoes are arranged and then topped with a bit of pepper. The other half of the bread is placed on and then you cut the sandwich like your mom did…triangle, in half, you know, with the crusts cut off if you’re into that sort of thing.

How To Make a Tomato Sandwich

And then you eat it.

Tomato sandwiches are the perfect super-quick-have-no-time-for-anything lunch. This week I’ve been busy cooking, shooting and having mini-meltdowns. Billy has been helping me every day and it’s been a lot of fun. This was our set lunch yesterday and I have to say, it was pretty dang perfect.

Summer plz go away, but tomatoes plz stay!

How To Make a Tomato Sandwich

“How-To” Make a Tomato Sandwich


  • 2 to 3 heirloom tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Mayonnaise
  • White bread
  • Black pepper


  • Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a few bed of paper towels. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a few pinches of salt and allow to sit and drain for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, smother the slices of bread with mayonnaise. Both sides!
  • Place a few slices of tomatoes on the bread and sprinkle with a bit of black pepper. Top with another slice of bread and cut in half. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
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  • Reply Aine @ AwkwardIrishGirlBlogs September 12, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Oh my goodness, thank you for that salt-drying trick! Definitely trying this – I’ve spent too many years avoiding putting tomatoes in my sandwiches for that exact reason!

  • Reply Ellie September 12, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Those tomatoes are beautiful!

  • Reply Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) September 12, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Those tomatoes look gorgeous. That salting trick is fantastic. I can’t believe I never knew that! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply molly yeh September 12, 2014 at 6:31 am

    perfect. my fiancé’s dad eats tomato sandwiches like they’re going out of style… (well, i guess they’re going out of season, so we can’t blame him). i’ve got to get my hands on some duke’s mayo though!!! i keep hearing about it.

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 12, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Gotta get my hands on some good tomatoes this weekend!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

      In LA the heirlooms don’t really get good until August/September.

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  • Reply Dawn September 12, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I saw this on “A Chef’s Life” on PBS………..and I’ve been having tomato sandwiches for lunch all summer……we can’t buy Duke’s Mayo here but someday when I find some, I’ll try that, too. In a way it’s good that summer comes to an end here, so we look forward to next June/July when the heirlooms are ready to pick again.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Yes, yes! I remember this, too! And in one episode Sean Brock wears a Duke’s mayonnaise t-shirt. Haha.

  • Reply Katie September 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Oh man, I hate sog zones. Solid tomato draining tip!

  • Reply Stacey September 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I grew up eating these and still enjoy the shit out of them. When Dad was in charge of dinner in the summertime, more often than not he’d cut up tomatoes into wedges, slather them in mayo, sprinkle them with s&p, and call it a side. Best thing ever.

    • Reply Stacey September 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Also, Guilty Confession: I’m a Southerner who prefers Hellman’s to Duke’s.

  • Reply Evelyn September 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    so simple, but looks damn delicious!!

  • Reply misskimberlynn September 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

    You just pushed me onto memory lane. I had long forgotten my great-grandmother would make us tomato sandwiches during the summer. Reading your post brought back this time and I can almost taste it! This is on my to-do-list now! Thank you!!

  • Reply Pat Mc September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I’m from New Jersey and we are known for our Jersey Tomatoes. I live on these sandwich’s during their growth period. I use Hellmans Mayo, always. Never had Dukes Mayo, but then again I’m not from that area.

    • Reply vickie September 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      so sorry you have never had the pleasure of Duke’s-nothing is even close

  • Reply Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) September 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    My fav – I adore tomatoes and tomato sandwiches – I will eat them straight off the vine and just about anyway you can think of!

  • Reply Christy September 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Harriet the Spy would share a plate of these with Sport in the dumbwaiter.

  • Reply Joyce September 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Having been raised in Amish country in Pa, this was the go-to meal and snack for anytime day or night. Seems like across the nation, this is the one thing all Americans have in common…..moved to Md and it was the same, same when we moved to South Carolina, and then taught our Russian friends about them while pastoring for years in Estonia..and we introduced it to them and yep, even the Russians and Estonians love it..Yum!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for the salting tip, trying that with tomatoes for tonight’s grilled pizza!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Yum! Yes that definitely should help with pizzas. Also, I’ve found that adding them toward the end helps too!

  • Reply Belinda September 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    In case anyone’s interested, the Aussie way uses tomato sauce (ketchup) instead of mayo. And maybe a tiny bit of Vegemite 😉

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Oooo…interesting! Thank you for sharing that. Love learning stuff like this.

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  • Reply Emma September 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Yuuuum. I always do tomato and english cucumber on dill rye. Mayo on both sides of the bread, sea salt and pepper on top. So good.

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  • Reply Jamie | Jamie's Recipes September 15, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Mayo is a must for tomato sandwiches. Your tomatoes are gorgeous! I just have to have my tomato sandwich on toast. It is the way I grew up eating them.

  • Reply todd wagner September 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    “the tomatoes not the old men.” LOL

    This is great! Love the no SOG zone tip!

  • Reply Lindsey September 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Adrianna, they way you have such a conversational tone in your recipe posts makes your blog so approachable…and comforting. Like a long time friend! Just wanted to say that, and I enjoyed reading this one, thanks =)

  • Reply AC September 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    That doesn’t look like a Duke’s jar! Otherwise, looks perfectly delectable. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta September 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Yes. There’s not much else that is as perfect as a good tomato sandwich. And it definitely has to be on white bread, it’s basically what white bread was invented for.

  • Reply kathryn September 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    try toasting the bread a little! it adds to the sandwich by giving a little crunch to go along with the soft, yummy tomatoes 🙂

  • Reply Amy October 9, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I LOVE tomato sandwiches!!!! I’ve got to have the bread toasted, though. When I was a kid, we used to make a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, mayo, salt and pepper on toasted bread. It was a BLT without bacon, I guess, but with cheese. We called them “those sandwiches”. Not sure why, but it stuck! SO SO GOOD!!!!!!!