It’s summertime! Time for some Summer Sandwiches. What is a summertime sandwich? Uhhh….
Summer is sunshine, water, and tomatoes. Gorgeous, ripe tomatoes. Have you ever had a tomato in the Winter? Don’t. It’s blasphemy. We wait months and months for the sweet taste of the first ripe tomato. And when it comes, it doesn’t disappoint. This year we tried out some new varieties, including some massive heirlooms. One heirloom that surpassed our expectations was the German Johnson tomato. If you can get your hands on one of these bad boys, I highly recommend it. If not, just use a ripe, in season tomato from your garden, local farmer’s market, or even the supermarket.
Isn’t that tomato beautiful? Allow me to shamelessly plug gardening for a moment. A packet of seeds costs a couple dollars. For a couple of bucks, you could grow more tomatoes than you could ever eat. In each packet is at least 15 seeds. At least. Do you know how many tomatoes one tomato plant produces? Well it’s a lot. We grew 15 tomato plants this year. We have sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato sandwiches galore! My tip? Grow at least one “cutting” variety and one cherry tomato plant. Ok… plug over. Back to the sandwich.
What I love about tomato sandwiches is that they put the tomato where it belongs… as the star. The taste of the tomato really comes through in this sandwich. And what better complement to a raw tomato than sundried tomatoes? Really. To think I went through most of my life not knowing about this pairing. Tomato with tomato, you say? Let me explain why it works.
When you dehydrate a tomato (or any fruit, for that matter), it gets sweeter. That sweetness is AH-MAZING on top of a raw tomato. Sundried tomatoes also have a different texture. Some chew, which is very welcome in this sandwich. It really adds to the other flavors we have going on. What are those flavors, you ask? Basil and avocado. So. Good.
Since I already talked about gardening with the tomatoes, I’ll spare you my basil rant. I only wish I could grow avocados here! You avocado people sure are lucky.
When I made this sandwich, I just smooshed up the avocado and added some roasted garlic, and a little Vegenaise. (Why doesn’t my autocorrect recognize the word “smooshed”?! That is so a word!!) Have you experienced the magic of roasted garlic and avocado before? If not, you are in for a treat.
That’s all the ingredients. Then I just put it on a ciabatta roll and inhaled it.
And now I want another one. Good thing I have 5 million tomatoes. Happy eating!
Tomato Sandwich with Sundried Tomatoes, Basil, and Roasted Garlic Avocado Spread
Summer at its finest. Fresh heirloom tomatoes paired with sweet sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, and a savory roasted garlic avocado spread. Vegan. Dairy free. Healthy.
- 1 ciabatta roll
- 1 cutting tomato, I used German Johnson, sliced
- sundried tomatoes
- 1 handful basil
Roasted Garlic Avocado Spread
- 2 cloves roasted garlic
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp Vegenaise Mayonnaise
Roasted Garlic Avocado Spread
Smoosh avocado, garlic, and mayo together until mixed well.
Spread some Roasted Garlic Avocado Spread on the roll. Add tomato, sundried tomatoes, and basil.
Inhale sandwich while feeling awesome about being so healthy.