Tomatoes on Toast is a quick and easy lunch, which is always a great way to use up all those delicious end of season tomatoes. Chunky slices of toasted bread, smothered in soft cheese and layered with ripe and juicy tomatoes. Fast food doesn't have to to be dull!
Just look at these tomatoes! If you are growing tomatoes, and you have more than you know what to do with, then tomatoes on toast is an easy way to use lots of them up. It doesn't matter what tomatoes you are growing, as anything works here. A delicious light lunch that is easy to adapt.
I love avocado on toast, but this might be my new favourite toast topping. If you have ripe and juicy tomatoes, then the flavour is so incredibly fresh. Pair that with some delicious slices of sourdough and you can't go wrong.
Why you will love it
- A fresh and delicious lunch - If you are using fresh and ripe tomatoes, then the flavours in this are just incredible. It's like little bites of summer.
- Quick - This is so quick and easy, it just takes as long as it takes you to toast some bread, as everything else can be done whilst that is toasting.
- Easy way to use up tomatoes - If you are growing tomatoes, or you have stocked up at the market, then you might have lots of them to use up. Don't waste anything! Load them all up to make this delicious meals.
- Adaptable - You can change up the bread and cheese used and we have given some suggestions for other topping ideas too. Get creative!
- Bread - This is the base of the dish and it will hold all those chunky tomatoes, so it needs to be sturdy. We used some thick slices of sourdough, as it is our favourite. But, any bread will do. We have given some options of variations below.
- Butter - You don't have to butter the bread, as there is cheese going on it, but we did this time as our bread was a little dry.
- Tomatoes - The star of the dish. We used heritage tomatoes, as they are all different shapes and colours and it makes it look really presentable. However, any fresh tomatoes will work. Just make sure that they are really fresh and ripe, otherwise they won't have the same flavour.
- Cheese - Tomatoes and cheese is a winning combination, right? We used a soft goats cheese and the flavours together were incredible. You could use a soft cream cheese if you prefer.
- Oil, Salt and Pepper - These are all optional, but we really love a drizzle of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper on top before serving. Use a really good quality extra virgin olive oil, as you really will be able to taste the difference.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Toast the bread and butter it.
Two: Add the cheese.
Three: Add the sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with the oil and season.
Health benefits of tomatoes
Because of the tomatoes, this dish is bursting with goodness. Tomatoes, which are mainly a carbohydrate with some fibre, are packed full of vitamins, including beta-carotene (which becomes vitamin A when consumed), vitamins C and E, and some B vitamins and vitamin K. They also contain some calcium and magnesium.
Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to be associated with lower risk of stroke and heart disease. Tomatoes also contain a compound called lycopene, which gives them their red colour, which research shows has the potential for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This is a fairly simple recipe (which is what we love about it), which means it is there isn't much that can be changed. However, here are some of our favourite swaps:
Bread - We used sourdough as it is a nice sturdy base. However, you can use any sliced bread. You could also use bagels, crumpets or English muffins to change it up a little bit.
Cheese - We used a good quality soft goats cheese, but you could use a cream cheese or even some slices of mature cheddar. If you want to make this a little more fancy, then burrata is delicious with sourdough and tomatoes.
Topping - The topping is all about the tomatoes and without them it wouldn't be a tomatoes on toast recipe. However, we have some ways that you can take it up a level. Why not add a few dollops of pesto (sun-dried tomato pesto if you want even more tomato flavour) or a drizzle of balsamic glaze which is perfect with tomatoes. Chopping olives work well too.
What to serve with tomatoes on toast
These are delicious as they are, however if you wanted it to be more of a filling meal, or you are serving it up to guests, then we have some delicious sides that would go well with tomatoes on toast:
- Hasselback Potatoes
- No Mayo Coleslaw
- Celeriac Crisps
- Cucumber Salad
- Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Little Gem Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Parmesan Truffle Fries
Frequently Asked Questions
This is best made from fresh, however if you do have some sliced tomatoes left over then they will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for 2 days.
You can slice the bread in advance and slice the tomatoes and keep them in the fridge and then just assemble everything before you are ready to eat it.
As long as you use your favourite slices of gluten free bread, and make sure there is no cross contamination, then this can be gluten free.
You can make a vegan version of this. Either skip the butter, or use a plant based version, and use a vegan cream cheese.
• A drizzle of olive oil makes a real difference to this, but it is optional.
• Liven the whole dish up with some homemade pesto or balsamic glaze drizzled on top.
• You can swap the sourdough loaf for bagel to mix things up.
More tomato recipes
Tomatoes on Toast
- 4 slice Bread
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 500 g (1.1 lb) Tomato - sliced
- 50 g (1.75 oz) Soft goats cheese - crumbled
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 2 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- Toast 4 slice Bread and spread 2 tablespoon Butter over it.
- Add 50 g Soft goats cheese.
- Add 500 g Tomato (sliced). Drizzle with 1 tablespoon Olive oil and season with 2 pinch Sea salt and black pepper.
- A drizzle of olive oil makes a real difference to this, but it is optional.
- Liven the whole dish up with some homemade pesto or balsamic glaze drizzled on top.
- You can swap the sourdough loaf for bagel to mix things up.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.