The Unabridged Sass Version of a Summer Classic, The Tomato Sandwich

Photo Aug 19, 4 11 15 PM

I walked into the break room today about to eat a cookie–instead I walked out with a tomato sandwich.

There are certain foods that absolutely scream simplicity, chicness, and breeziness, and this is one of those foods. It is the quintessential summer sandwich, the most Goop/Preserve/Honest/Martha Stewart/Barefoot Contessa-y of all sandwiches. It’s Harriet the Spy’s favorite snack, and practically the signature summer food of The South.

It’s iconic.

I actually really, really dislike tomatos (whole or chopped), but there’s just something about a tomato sandwich!

Anyways, with a lot of foods, you can tell a lot about people about how they make certain items. I will never forget this terrible date that I went on, where this guy tried to feed me under-cooked pasta mixed with cold, canned sauce. He didn’t even heat up the sauce and the pasta together, and it was a strange, weird, mess.

But I digress.

A lot of people add a bunch of things, like cheese, bacon, lettuce, but in my world, this is what goes into (and how you make) an Unabridged Sass tomato sandwich.


  • Whole wheat bread- I know a lot of people say you have to use straight up white bread, but I love whole wheat bread!
  • Tomatoes- I like to use a smaller tomato, because then it’s less mushy and gushy.
  • Mayo- Hellman’s is my favorite. Do not try to substitute fat-free, olive oil, or another kind. You want the real deal, full fat.
  • Black Pepper
  • Dill Weed– I think it makes the tomato sandwich extra amazing. This is the secret ingredient.


  1. Toast your whole wheat bread in the toaster, or however you please.
  2. THINLY (this is key) slice your small tomato into slices. It shouldn’t be a mushy gushy gross pile of slices. Minimal liquid!
  3. Generously spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread.
  4. Stack a single layer of tomato on one piece of spread.
  5. Generously sprinkle black pepper, and then dill on the tomato slices.
  6. Place second piece of bread on top.
  7. Cut sandwich across vertically (I only do this for tomato sandwiches!)
  8. Enjoy.

**Featured image taken by Virginia Willis

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