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Tomato Sandwich with Basil Mayonnaise

Summer on a plate is how I'd describe this delicious sandwich. I know it may seem very simple but the flavors just burst in your mouth. Get the best tomatoes you can find. If you are lucky enough to have access to heirloom tomatoes go for those for sure. In a pinch I've used Roma tomatoes and it still turns out great. You also want to use fresh bread for this, no floppy white sandwich bread allowed. (That bread is for fluffer nutter sandwiches only, hah)

Although the sandwich is very basic, the tasty basil mayo adds a ton of flavor.

According to Ina, this is for 1 serving, so if you are only making one sandwich you can scale back the mayo ingredients. I did that just using whatever looked right for the amounts and taste tested it along the way. If you make the full recipe for the mayo you will want to store it in the fridge and use it up within a couple days. Ready for the recipe?

Tomato Sandwich with Basil Mayonnaise
1-2 Servings

  • 1 cup good mayonnaise
  • 10 to 15 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 slices country loaf bread (I used both Ciabatta and a nice Feta Basil bread. I loved both)
  • 1 heirloom or Israeli tomato, sliced (I had to substitute a nice Roma Tomato instead)

1. Whisk together the mayonnaise, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on the top of 2 slices of bread. Place the sliced tomato on top of one bread slice. Place the remaining slice of bread, mayonnaise side down, on top of the tomato. Cut the sandwich in half and serve.

Source: Ina Garten


  1. that does look delicious. Although I might be inclined to throw on a slice of provolone.

  2. There is a local restaurant here, the Spicy Pickle, that makes a sandwich very similar to this, but they put fresh mozzarella and grill it like a panini. SOOOOO good--it is totally my favorite!

  3. 1 Cup of Mayo? Yeah, that's a bit much.

  4. I could tell this was from Ina right away... She always says good mayo or good butter instead of just mayo or butter. This definitely looks yummy though, I may try it for lunch :)

  5. I would add shredded mozzarella cheese in with the mayo mixture..this sounds amazing!

  6. I love the ingredients in this sandwich..I am going to add freshly shaved Parmesan cheese to the mayo mixture. It will push this sandwich over the top! Can't wait to make this...

  7. I would add shredded mozzarella cheese in with the mayo mixture..this sounds amazing!


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