Tomato toast with pimentón mayo is toasted bread slathered with smoked paprika mayonnaise, topped with ripe, juicy tomatoes. This is a mesh of sweet, smoky, savory flavors and tastes amazing for breakfast, lunch, or a mid-day snack.
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There is such beauty in the simplicity of tomato toast. It’s bright, tangy, and refreshing with a delightfully crisp, chewy base of rustic bread. And the pimentón mayo adds a rich, creamy layer of smoky flavor.
Tomato toast has all the glorious nostalgia of a simple southern tomato sandwich but it’s elevated with fresh garlic, spices, and lemon zest. This is a delicious way to use up summer produce while these veggies are in season so tomato lovers, step to the front of the line!
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple – If you know how to toast bread and mix ingredients, then this recipe is a breeze. And it’s ready in less than 10 minutes!
- Customizable – Choose your bread, the type of tomatoes, and your seasonings because this recipe is super versatile.
- Wholesome – When you’re craving a snack and want to reach for something like chips, try this instead. It’s more nutritious and so satisfying.
Tools You’ll Need
Ingredients You Will Need for Tomato Toast
All of the other ingredients act as a supporting cast to the tomatoes, the star of the show.
- Quality mayonnaise – I use Hellman’s.
- Pimentón de la vera (dulce) – This is a smoky paprika from Spain. There are two varieties; dulce (sweet) and picante (hot). Visit my Amazon shop to see which one I use.
- Ground cumin – This has a warm, earthy quality with a hint of citrus flavor.
- Fresh garlic – Grate a garlic clove for a strong, pungent, garlicky flavor. Spreading it over hot, toasted bread is just as spreadable and addicting as butter.
- Lemon zest – For a sweet, citrus taste.
- Diamond Kosher Salt – Coarse salt is best for this recipe. Add to taste.
- Bread – Use hearty bread like ciabatta bread or sourdough bread.
- Heirloom tomatoes – This is a sweeter variety of tomatoes. Slice them about ¼-inch thick.
How To Make Tomato Toast with Pimentón Mayo
Toast the bread, and then layer the ingredients for the best tomato toast.
- Add all pimentón ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside
- After toasting the bread, use half of the garlic to grate across the top of the toast.
- Layer with a generous amount of pimentón mayo, then tomatoes, and garnish with lemon zest, olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and flaky salt (be generous with the garnishments.) Finally, enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Use high-quality ingredients. This recipe has so few ingredients that you really do taste everything. Make it count.
- Don’t make this ahead of time. Serve this fresh for the best texture and taste.
- Slice the tomatoes just before serving. You want them perfectly juicy and fresh. Consider using a serrated knife for smooth slicing.
- Bread – Use any artisan bread you’d like. French bread or even English muffins are great options.
- Herbs – For added freshness, consider including chives, scallions, shallots, dill, or basil.
- Tomatoes – Instead of heirloom tomatoes, try beefsteak tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. You can also roast the tomatoes before adding them to the toast. Or grate them, and make this a pan con tomate.
- Add Olive Oil – A drizzle over the dressed tomato toast would be the perfect finishing touch.
- Add-Ins – For more flavor, and a heartier meal, consider adding ricotta cheese, thick-cut bacon, sliced avocado, or spinach.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between tomato toast and pan con tomate?
Pan con tomate is a Spanish tapa that consists of toasted bread topped with grated tomato. Whereas this recipe includes whole sliced tomatoes.
Is pimentón the same as cayenne pepper?
Although pimentón looks similar to cayenne pepper, it is a Spanish paprika. However, they have the same red hue and there is a hot pimentón (picante) so if you need to add a spicy element to a recipe, these two ingredients are interchangeable.
What is the best bread for tomato toast?
You need a hearty artisan bread that will hold well against wet tomato slices. Baguettes, sourdough bread, and ciabatta would be best.
Looking for More Tomato Recipes
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- Cherry Tomato Confit
- Tomato Risotto Recipe
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- Tomato Bisque
- Sungold Tomato Jam
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Tomato Toast with Pimentón Mayo
- Microplane Grater
- ½ cup quality mayonnaise, I use Hellman's
- 1¼ teaspoons pimentón de la vera, dulce
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large clove garlic, grated
- 1 lemon zested
- Diamond Kosher Salt, to taste
- Ciabatta or soudourgh bread, toasted
- 1 large clove garlic, halved
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick
- Flaky Salt
- Lemon zest
- Quality Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Add all pimentón mayo ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.
- After toasting the bread, use half of garlic to grate across the top of the toast.
- Layer with a generous amount of pimentón mayo, then tomatoes, and garnish with lemon zest, olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and flaky salt (be generous with the garnishments.) Enjoy!