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Classic Southern Tomato Sandwiches

Classic Southern Tomato Sandwiches 4.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jul 24, 2021

To Southerners, there’s no better way than this to celebrate the taste of in-season, ripe, juicy tomatoes. To the uninitiated, it might not seem like such a sandwich requires a recipe, but there are a few rules: Choose a very soft bread; now is not the time for artisanal multigrain crusty anything. Pick a tomato big enough to fill each sandwich with one thick (1/2-inch) slice. Use a Southern mayonnaise, such as Duke’s or Blue Plate. Season with just a little salt and pepper. Resist the urge to embellish – the idea is to focus on the taste of the tomato. And roll up your sleeves, with plenty of napkins at hand, or eat over the sink.

Total time: 5 mins


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1 large ripe heirloom tomato (at least 14 ounces), stemmed and cored
  • 8 slices soft white sandwich bread
  • 8 tablespoons mayonnaise, preferably Duke’s or Blue Plate (may substitute a vegan brand such as Just Mayo), divided
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Use a serrated knife to cut the tomato into 1/2-inch slices. Spread one side of each bread slice with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Lay a tomato slice on the mayo side of four bread slices. Sprinkle each with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a little pepper. Cover with the mayo side of the remaining four bread slices. Cut each sandwich in half, if desired, and eat immediately.

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From Food and Dining editor Joe Yonan.

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 318

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 20g 31%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 15mg 5%

Sodium: 780mg 32%

Total Carbohydrates: 33g 11%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 5g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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