The tomato mayo sandwich is a ridiculously simple southern classic.
When I first moved to the South, the thought of things like sweet tea and tomato mayo sandwiches were a big NOPE for me. I enjoyed my “regular” lemony iced teas and preferred ham and cheese heroes to the simple tomato mayo sandwich.
But the thing about living in the south is that after a while it starts to chip away at your original food tendencies bit by bit, and before you know it you’re ordering a sweet tea to go with your hoagie.
It only took a couple of years before summer time = tomato mayo sandwiches for us. It has a special place in my frugal heart because during lean times, this bad boy was a constant in our meal plan, and it’s still my favorite way to stretch our grocery budget.
These are definitely a summer staple for us because not only are they dirt cheap to make, you can have dinner ready in five minutes and there are no dishes to clean.
If you aren’t familiar with it, it definitely sounds a bit strange. And the ingredient list will probably leave you thinking, “uh, did you forget to add a few things to your sandwich?” But the simplicity is the beauty of it!
If you try to get fancy with it, it turns into something it’s not. Just accept your sandwich for who it really is and let it be a no-frills tomato sandwich on 99¢ bread.
Get the largest, ripest beefsteak tomatoes you can find. And use cheap white bread, nothing else will do! Also, salt the heck out of your tomatoes, it’ll make the sandwich nice and juicy.
Tomato Mayo Sandwich
This southern summertime classic is not only a quick 5 minute meal, but a budget-stretcher.
- 1 Large Beefsteak Tomato Ripe
- 4 Slices White Bread
- Mayonnaise to taste
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Slice tomatoes into chunky slices. Each tomato should yield 2 to 3 slices, with ends removed. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
Spread mayonnaise on each slice of bread. Add a tomato slice to bread, and top with an additional slice of bread. You get the gist. I'm sure you know how to make a sandwich. 😉
Use cheap white bread. Just trust me.
Can easily be made vegan by using vegan mayo.
This is already a messy, drippy, two-hand sandwich, so I like to use the biggest tomatoes I can find, so just one chunky slice is enough to cover the entire piece of bread… it keeps things a little less messy.
Looking for a side for your tomato mayo sandwich? My tomato cucumber and onion salad recipe will go great with it!