Jihva for Tomatoes ~ Simple Summer Sandwich

juicy ripe plum tomatoes

I suppose this recipe will sound like I didn’t try hard, but I did. I really did.
I wracked my brain for a tomato recipe worthy of Jihva for Tomatoes, and at
RP’s My Workshop no less! I will spare you the agony of my thought process.

I thought and thought, and then I remembered that RP mentioned something about
posting simple recipes and how she was not going to be worrying about that. Fabulous! Freed from my own rules, I felt able to post the first and best thing
I could think of: a tomato sandwich.

tomato sandwich in the making
tomato sandwich in the making — plum tomatoes work, too

When I was growing up, my grandmother always had a fantastic garden.
On the Cape, the sea air lends something to the soil — good things seem to simply sprout up where planted. If we were visting in spring, we were allowed to help with the weeding and the watering. Then came summertime, which meant a month-long visit at least. We kids played in half of her big backyard rimmed with brambles — blackberries and raspberries, with the garden taking up the other half. We played badminton, baseball, kickball, you name it. All those summer afternoons nana would sit in her lawn chair watching. Whenever a ball or birdie went astray and a child ran after it, she would jump up from her chair to retrieve the offending toy — all in order to save her precious plantings. In later years when she wasn’t so nimble, she would direct us between the rows of green, calling “out of the garden”. She did this in such a sing-song voice that I can still hear her tone now, thirty-plus years on.

When the games were over, we scrambled through the brambles — braving the prickers to pick blackberries which were then proffered to nana with blue-stained fingers and lots of love. In return we received simple and delicious fare from her well-worn and equally loving hands.

Tomato sandwiches were one such pleasure.

Later, as the sky grew dark, we would run barefooted over the lawn, chasing fireflies. And if any of us were so lucky as to catch one, nana always had a jar ready. We could place the firefly gently into that jar and watch it — maybe for half an hour, before nana would have us release it. She was a wise woman — having us set that small creature free to fire up our childhood dreams.

Eventually, my uncle took over the garden. Sadly, they are all three no more — garden, uncle, and nana. But the singsong call remains, “out of the garden”, and just a short drive away, my mom still has her own vegetable patch with juicy, succulent garden-fresh tomatoes every year.

This recipe is simple and can be enjoyed anytime, but to fully appreciate it, try it in the summer with a fresh, garden tomato — just picked and still warm from the sun.

Simple Summer Sandwich

Choose the freshest, ripest tomato you can find. Rinse it off, and slice into medium-thick rounds. If you don’t mind tomato juice on your hands, leave the rounds whole. If you want a neater sandwich, cut them in half.

Take two slices of fresh, soft white bread. Storebought Canadian White style is my favorite. Homemade bread is great too. You could use wheat or some other whole grain, of course, but this sandwich of my childhood memories is all about indulgence so I use white bread and real mayo.
Real mayo in this case means Hellman’s — or for anyone west of the Mississippi, Best Foods brand.

Lay out your fresh white bread (preferably on a paper plate) and give each slice a thin veil of real mayo. Lay on the sliced tomatoes. Put the two halves together. Cut into quarters — triangles are the most fun.

Carry your plate outdoors if you can.

Gobble it up and lick your fingers — napkins are for grownups. πŸ™‚

Thanks RP, for hosting Jihva and for reminding me of this wonderful treat from those sunny summertime days ‘down the Cape’.

tomato sandwichΒ fixins
all the fixings for a summer tomato sandwich!


  1. Trupti said

    I love this stuff….you like the Canadian bread eh??? hehehhe..didn’t know there was such a thing, to me all breads are CDN… πŸ™‚

    I also add some hot peppers and lots of black pepper with this…yum!
    one of my really good friend Andrea used to bring me some tomatoes from her garden, and we would have a tomato salad for lunch…sprinkled with salt and lots of black pepper…all the other Nurses would get a kick out of it.

    take care, Linda

    Trupti, you made me chuckle there — “all breads are cdn” πŸ˜‰ Black pepper and salt, yes, on a tomato sandwich. Are you a nurse??!!

  2. Asha said

    Oh Linda! Please bring the Summer quickly.I am under allergy attack real bad,looking more more like Genghis Khan now!

    Sandwich looks mouthwatering,Once I get allergy shot,I will be planting Tomatoes and Eggplants!:)

    Oh, Asha, hurry up and get your shot dear!! Can’t have you suffering down there now that good weather’s finally coming. Can’t wait to see your summertime veggie parade πŸ™‚

  3. mandira said

    Summer ahh… still around the corner here… now they’re predicting snow again 😦 Beautiful pics Linda

    Noooo no more snow!!!! We shall have to do the spring rain dance instead πŸ™‚

  4. mythreyee said

    Sandwich is awesome. An easy take away lunch for picnic with my daughter in the park.

    Oh, a picnic sounds divine, Mythreyee! πŸ™‚

  5. Sharmi said

    Hi Linda, What a cool entry!! really appreciated. the tomatoes look really different form usual ones.


    Hi Sharmi, glad you liked it. The tomatoes are really just ordinary plum tomatoes from the grocery (not time for garden tomatoes here yet). I just let them get *really* ripe πŸ™‚

  6. Mishmash! said

    u made me smile with that “out of the garden” story πŸ™‚ childhood memories are always fresh in our minds,isn’t it ?


    Most definitely, Shn — it was your lovely post that got my mind wandering back to my own grandmother the other day πŸ™‚

  7. Prema said

    A simple and neat entry linda. The tomatoes look lovely.. gosh what a wonderful colour..

    Thank you, Prema! πŸ™‚

  8. indosungod said

    Wonderful looking sandwiches, Linda. Ah Summertime and Gardens and Grandmas all things I love.
    Out of the Garden, now I get it.

    It must be almost time for you to be thinking about your garden, ISG! And yep, you got it πŸ™‚

  9. Roopa said

    wonderfull sandwiches, this is a quick breakfast pack for my daughter!
    With fresh tomatoes would be very yummy

    Thank you Roopa. I wish I could get my daughter to eat more fresh veggies! πŸ™‚

  10. Sushma said

    I think this is one of the best and beautiful entries Linda. Simply because of all the food events going on, we try hard and hard and harder to come up with something different and new and unique rather than what we ate while growing up….By making these tomato sandwiches you would have reminded everyone of the beautiful picnic times spent with dear friends and loved one…

    A great post Linda..


    Thank you Sushma — I agree — I’m always trying to be innovative — I have to stop and remember that sometimes simplest is best πŸ™‚ Sending you hugs too!

  11. shammi said

    Tomato sandwichse.. yum. I get rid of the juice because I hate soggy bread. Anyway I’m not really a sandwich fan, but I do love tomato sandwiches (possibly because I love tomatoes!) πŸ™‚ My first tomato sandwich was inspired by an Enid Blyton book when I was 7 years old or thereabouts – I think the book was The Rockingdown Mystery. My favourite character, Snubby, loved tomato sandwiches so I asked my mother to make me one – and thats how it began. πŸ™‚

    Hi Shammi, I can eat up these sandwiches so fast, the bread doesn’t have time to get soggy πŸ˜‰ Hooray for Snubby, hmm? πŸ™‚

  12. swapna said

    Wow linda
    look at the wonderful color of the tomato..very good one..

    Thanks Swapna — they were pretty ripe tomatoes! πŸ™‚

  13. Latha said

    Aaah the simple pleasures of life πŸ™‚ The sandwich sounds yummy Linda. Maybe its just your style of writing πŸ™‚ Will try it for sure with tomatoes from my garden.
    Now i know why your blog has the name “out of the garden”! That is lovely story about your nana and her garden and your childhood πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks Latha — yep, nana was my inspiration! Hope you enjoy some nice garden tomatoes this year πŸ™‚

  14. revathi said

    I am supposed to be leaving office now and heading home. But I dont know for the past 45 minutes stuck to your blog and impressed beyond words at your love for indian cooking.

    Hi Revanthi, hope you weren’t late for dinner! Thanks for your very kind words — I’m glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  15. Coffee said

    Good things always come in the simplest of forms, isn’t it??? πŸ™‚

    The tomato is oozing its ripeness in all forms!!! Nice pic there Linda πŸ™‚

    It’s the truth, Coffee!! That was a juicy tomato. I am looking forward to big fat garden kind though πŸ™‚

  16. Arjuna said

    Now I know why you named your blog “out of the garden” πŸ™‚

    A beautiful narration and a great yet simple entry!

    Good old times, can’t have enough of them ever. As kids we were always in a hurry to grow up just so we could be treated equally with adults but looking back now: if I am given a choice I wouldn’t want to be an adult(ever).

    Hi Arjuna, thanks for the kind words. There are many days I am right there with you about adulthood — sometimes I still feel like I’m “playing house” so I guess I never really did grow up completely πŸ˜‰

  17. elaichietcetera said

    Linda…I’m going to have to admit to you…..I eat this all the time when tomatoes are in season!! And it is a divine secret pleasure…and I use McCormick’s Lime Mayonaise/Mayonesa(from Mexican grocers- it’s to die for)…plus I toast the bread. Sometimes I put paper-thin onions slices on it……you know what? Last year I replaced the mayo on one side with a thin spread of lime achaar….I recommend it. πŸ˜€

    Sounds very decadent, Pelicano! I’ll try that sometime. Your version sounds much more grown-up though πŸ˜‰

  18. MeltingWok said

    I’ve a new fascination for tomatoes lately too, been buying all sorts of them, cherry ones especially, ooh and the grape ones, and last one I bought some Del Monte’s Organic tomato chunks I used for stews, its super sweet ahh, love it !:)

    My son loves those grape tomatoes, Shirley. He can eat a whole pint of them before I have time to turn around! Some of the canned tomatoes are very good indeed πŸ™‚

  19. Sukanya said

    Ur tomato sandwich looks very nice. They look delicious. I realy want to try it.

    Thank you Sukanya — if you try, I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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