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Make The Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich

Updated on August 22, 2013

How to Make the Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich - Real Comfort Food

Nothin' says SUMMER more than a homegrown tomato!

The BEST way to eat that tomato is to sit on the back porch steps with a salt shaker and chow down. My Mom taught me the following method for eating a farm fresh tomato when I was 5 years old: 1st: lick the tomato in one spot; 2nd: shake salt on that wet spot; and 3rd: BITE!

The second best way to eat a fresh tomato is to make a tomato and cheese sandwich. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Guess what? It is simple to make a tomato sandwich; but to make a really good sandwich, one must pay attention to the details.

One of those details is to use a homegrown tomato. If you do not have a one, wait until dark and sneak into your neighbor's garden--just kidding! In reality, buy a vine ripe tomato with the stem still attached at the grocery. If they are too, expensive, get an ordinary fresh tomato that is still a little green or hard to the touch, and let it sit on the windowsill a day or two.

The best tasting tomatoes never see the inside of a fridge! (FYI--In January 2009, I still had tomatoes I grew in 2008! We had a really late hard frost in November, so I picked the green tomatoes and put them in a bowl to ripen on their own.)

Keep reading for I am presenting to you my recipe for the BEST tomato and cheese sandwich. Yes, it is comfort food for me! You can thank me in my "guest book" at the bottom of this page.

And by the way, do you know what a "love apple" is?

PS...I took all the photos! AND I grew the tomato! Use images with permission and attribution, please.

My Perfect Knife for Slicing Tomatoes - Yes, I own one of these tomato knives from Pampered Chef

It is the perfect knife, I am not kidding. I also use this knife when cutting lettuce. If one uses a plastic knife for chopping up a head of green lettuce, the edges of the cut leaves do not brown as quickly and when one uses a stainless steel knife. The Pampered Chef Tomato knife is a great kitchen tool.

Pampered Chef Color Coated Tomato Knife
Pampered Chef Color Coated Tomato Knife

Here is a tomato knife for your consideration. It was highly recommended by Southern Living Magazine.

I own it and love using it. Added bonus: when you cut lettuce with a plastic knife, it does not "rust" as fast". Why is this important? You can cut up an entire head of lettuce and put it in a baggie. Instant Salad--take out what you need and store the rest!

The knife comes with a cover--it is sharp.

The picture is from the Amazon website and does not do the knife justice.

Now back to our recipe:


Tomato Sandwich Gallery (click on smaller images to view them) - Tummy Here I Come!

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Lovely, fresh ingredientsStep one: lots of mayoYummy red onion and a roma tomatoSandwich looking good!Red onion adds a sweet zipAmerican CheeseProfile of a yummy sandwichAnother view of the ingredients
Lovely, fresh ingredients
Lovely, fresh ingredients
Step one: lots of mayo
Step one: lots of mayo
Yummy red onion and a roma tomato
Yummy red onion and a roma tomato
Sandwich looking good!
Sandwich looking good!
Red onion adds a sweet zip
Red onion adds a sweet zip
American Cheese
American Cheese
Profile of a yummy sandwich
Profile of a yummy sandwich
Another view of the ingredients
Another view of the ingredients

Ingredients For the BEST Tomato Sandwich

The directions on making the sandwich are just a little further down the page.

1. Fresh White Bread

2. Hellman's (or Best Foods-west of the Mississippi!) Mayo (or Duke's)

3. Homegrown vine ripe tomato - it can be red or yellow.

4. Kraft Sliced American Cheese -- not individually wrapped, pulleeze.

Optional: thinly sliced red or vidalia onion, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and/or basil

STEP 1: Use 2 Slices of Fresh White Sandwich Bread

Slather on the mayo

I prefer LOTS of mayo on my fresh white bread -- use whole grain!!!

STEP 2: Put on the FRESH, VINE RIPE tomatoes!

Homegrown are the best, but you can buy local tomatoes from the farmer's market or the local grocery.

STEP 3: Add cheese!

Kraft Deluxe American or Deli Sliced Kraft is preferred by moi, but use your favorite cheese -- as long as it is not that individually wrapped cr*p.

Optional--thinly sliced sweet onion

Red or vidalia onions can add zip!

Enjoy your sandwich!

Just try taking a picture and not sampling.

By the way, I used two different plates for the photos. Which color do you like the best? You can put an answer in my guestbook.

Another top rated tomato knife: - Rada Cutlery Tomato Slicer!

If you do not want a plastic knife, here is a piece of cutlery from Amazon.

Rada Cutlery Tomato Slicer Knife with Aluminum Handle
Rada Cutlery Tomato Slicer Knife with Aluminum Handle

This knife received 100 5-star ratings from Amazon customers. It is also priced nicely, too.


Debate: Did you find the instructions for making this sandwich inspiring? - (sign my guestbook, too, at the bottom of this page)

Do you think that there is an art to making a tomato and cheese sandwich? I know, some of you like whole wheat bread; well so do I. However, making a tomato and cheese sandwich on white bread reminds me so very much of my childhood. Not everything was "hunky dory" in the 60's, but those tomato sandwiches provided real comfort when the first crop of tomatoes ripened on the vine.

Is this the BEST tomato sandwich recipe you have ever seen?

Williams Sonoma Farmer's Market Cookbook - Tomatoes and other vegetables can be found at Farmer's Markets across the country.

Check out this beautiful looking cookbook to see if there is a tomato recipe you can make!

These recipes also claim to be the "best"!

Just to be certain that you are finding the best tomato sandwich recipe, I am including two more links. I want to be sure that you find a recipe that you will just love for your home grown tomatoes!

Scroll down and tell me how you make your sandwich! I am always looking for ways to make new sandwiches with tomatoes.

Above Photo by ME!

How Do YOU make a Tomato Sandwich? - This is my visitors guestbook, please feel free to sign in.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I never thought of making a tomato sandwich without bacon. However, I do love some tomato slices on an egg salad sandwich, so maybe that counts.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      not delicious FOE SURE !1 :D

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      selah74 5 years ago

      @favored: I'll have to try grilling tomato and cheese. Sounds good.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I like to grill my tomato and cheese sandwich. Never had onions on it.

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      IQplusone 5 years ago

      I love your cheese lens - great stuff. Thanks for sharing

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

      yummy... love tomato sandwiches.... and blt's....

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Terrific recipe. I love eating them separately, though, but still the combination tomatoes- bread- cheese is ground breaking!

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      yayas 6 years ago

      That looks sooooo tasty. Congratulations on all the beautiful photos. Great job.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      @TravelingRae: Yes, this is a great classic sandwich! I am enjoying sandwiches made from heirloom tomatoes this summer.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      We might not agree on what makes a great tomato sandwich, but it's great to find a lens about this classic sandwich. Thumbs up!

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Nice. It needs to be a really strong cheddar cheese for me though.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ripe sliced homegrown tomato, bread, butter, salt!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      we use fresh veggies from our garden... :)

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      @MamaRuth: Oh, yes. Salad dressing in the form of Miracle Whip is a really good tasting choice!

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      All I need for a great tomato sandwich is a home grown tomato, whole wheat bread and Miracle Whip (not mayonnaise). Sometimes I add a little romaine lettuce. Yum!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Have always grown my own tomatoes ever since I can remember. Nothing like it for the taste. And I love them on a sandwich. You are right however, eating them with a salt shaker is the best way of all to sample them. Thanks for a great lens and some great recipe ideas for sandwiches

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      I agree with you darciefrench it is one of my favorite comfort food. Cheese and tomato are just great to match the saltiness of the cheese and the sweetness of the tomato makes such a delicious contrast. my mouth waters now that I'm reading this this recipe! Great lens!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      You're so ripe (I mean right)- tomato sandwiches sure do make the best comfort food -:)

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm ashamed to admit that I just slap 'em on with some cheddar cheese...but I promise to try your sandwich, coz it looks and sounds yummy! tummy is rumbling as I type!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      My tomato sandwich: toasted 60% ww bread, buttered, sliced tomatoes that have been salted and peppered. And that's pretty much it. Occasionally I'll put on a slice of that packaged cheese. :D I've never eaten a tomato like you described in your intro but now I want to hit the farmers market (too cold for that).

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      Delicious lens :-) great pics, great recipe, and good links to other lenses. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just today we had tomato, cheese and purple onion grilled sandwiches for lunch. of your favorite combos.

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      Fun, interesting lens. I don't think I've ever eaten this kind of sandwich, but I do love blt's with fresh homegrown tomatoes.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      caketech 7 years ago

      I had tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches a lot when I was growing up! This is a comfort food to me, too!

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      rockrat 7 years ago

      Couldn't help but note your comment to buy a tomato with a bit of stem attached. I bought a truss of tomatoes a few weeks back an noticed that they kept fresh for much longer than loose tomatoes ever have.

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      jdwheeler 7 years ago

      I love all the pictures. You really make it easy. I'm from Alabama and we can't live without our tomatoes.

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Tomatoes and Cheese were invented for each! Great lens!

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA


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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmm, that sandwich looks so good! My favorite way to make one is to first make a grilled cheese sandwich, then add mayo and tomato. Yummy! And, yes, there's nothing that beats a homegrown tomato! :)

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      DongMei 7 years ago

      I love cheese and tomato sandwiches too. Will try adding the red onion for a little more sweetness. Sounds good.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      @indigoj: Great! It was my intention to make you hungry! Thanks for the Blessing!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This made me go make myself a tomato sandwich... and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it! ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      Yummy! One of my staples (other than grille cheese) when I was a Vegetarian in college. :) I use Best foods Mayo, Bread (used to be wholewheat) Cheddar cheese (tilamook) alpha sprouts and of course Tomato. Now until I started a garden last year I would buy them from the store - but NOTHING can replace a home grown freshly picked for the sandwich tomato. Thanks for sharing. (I'll pass on the onions.)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! Here's to grilled cheese! Yummy!

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I'm so glad I've got lots of tomato plants growing in the garden this year. Your lens made me so hungry for a tomato sandwich!!! Congratulations on your purple star!!

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      Genesis Davies 7 years ago from Guatemala

      Truthfully? I just put tomatoes and mayo with salt on a sandwich. :) I had totally forgotten that my mom used to make sandwiches like this . . . and they were yummy! Thanks for the memories!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on the new purple star! I'm happy to have featured it on my Quest for 20 Worthy Lenses lens!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Mmm.... lensrolled to my BLT lens and added a little extra seasoning of an Angel blessing :-)

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I rarely think to add onion to a sandwich, but this looks absolutely excellent. I love fresh tomato season!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      When I was little, my mother used to broil bread and cheese and put tomato on top. I like cheese sandwiches with melted cheese -- but of course you can't put a cooked sandwich in a school lunchbox.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I love tomato sandwiches too. We use only Duke's Mayo. Your sandwich looks really really good. I've never added onion, but will now give it a try. Excellent.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for adding this to my Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is kind of like having a hamburger without the meat! Like it.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have not thought to include cheese. I will try this. Hellman's mayo? mmm..I wonder if the West Coast features that? Well, I can't wait till those tomatoes are ripe. Thanks.

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      Julianne Gentile 8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Fantastic! I eat tomato sandwiches every day, especially when we have fresh tomatoes from the garden.

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      I love them grilled! I've never considered adding onions, I'll have to remember that! And you are so right, a fresh tomato has so much more flavor, it makes all the difference in the world!

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      You had me at the title! YUM...I'm drooling over the white bread picture...I haven't had white bread in ages!...and you cut those onions perfectly!...I don't like my onions too thick...5* looks delicious!

      ...thanks for popping into my Top Toddler Toys lens...I appreciate it!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      The Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich has been added to following lens"

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      By Poutine

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Hellman's mayo is the way to go with tomatoes.

      Nothing else like it.

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      Zen Automat 8 years ago

      Great job, I love tomato and cheese sandwiches. Rye bread is my favorite for this combo. 5*...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Mais oui, le pomme d'amour!

      The blue plate tickles my designer inklings, however, the beige/yellow plate offers the best background for the crimson tomato slices. After reading the comments, I must endorse the lightly toasted handles. And the thinly sliced red onion shavings are the cherry-on-Lake-Michigan {for you Arch Buchwald/ice cream sundae fans}. Luscious.

      Bless you, Mickie_G., for keeping the civilization on track!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We toast the white bread first, slather on the mayo, then tomato slices , salt and pepper and voila !!! YUMMO ! I can't wait for the summer tomatoes now!!! Thank You !

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Oh, this is mean - there are not going to be any real, garden-ripe tomatoes for months and now I want a tomato sandwich! Great lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Never had a tomato sandwich. But it looks real good.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      What a comprehensive lens! I have to admit I've never had a tomato-onion sandwich, but you make it sound almost appealing. ;-) 5* for lots of hard work to good effect!

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Your lens couldn't have come on a better day. I was talking this afternoon about how anxious I am for homegrown tomatoes again. Normally, we'll get tomatoes through early November but this year was different. (I agree with your no-refrigeration comment, too. Learned that from my dad.)

      Thanks for including my "Homegrown" bag from Zazzle, That was a nice surprise! The tomatoes in the photo on the side of that tote were from my garden last summer. YUM.

      Great lens. Love how you took a simple topic and made it into something attractive. Good job!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      tomato sammies are so yummy - especially when you have an abundance of them in the summer. instead of cheese, i usually go with a half of an avocado. mmmm

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      We love tomato and onion sandwiches. Never thought about the cheese but that sounds yummy too!

      Welcome to the Hungry Squidz Choice Group. Please stop by the group and grab the blue ribbon for your lens!

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      CounselMom 8 years ago

      Oh for a vine-ripened summer tomato! The tomatoes in the store right now leave much to be desired. (Can't believe I'm saying this, since I used to avoid tomatoes as much as possible - lol)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Your advice on the proper care of tomatoes is the best of all!!! ***** for that alone, oh, and the title is mouthwatering.

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] February is not a great time to make a tomato sandwich! Summer tomatoes are not in season, yet LOL. If you do make a sandwich in FEB, try sprinkling a little lemon pepper on it. You can even grill the sandwich to melt the cheese.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      You know, I've never had such a sandwich but might just have to try it! Soon!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      We've been making sandwiches all summer long with fresh tomatoes from our garden. Delicious lens... I'm featuring it on my Squid Angel Diary this week. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      That looks so good right now! In fact, I'm going to go get something to eat after this. No tomatoes unfortunately.

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      Linda Jo Martin 9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I like your recipe and will try it...

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I want I know what to have for lunch!