Tomato Sandwiches with Roasted Garlic & Basil Aioli


These tomato sandwiches feature thick slices of fresh summer tomatoes plus homemade garlic aioli. To avoid a soggy sandwich, we toast the bread and draw moisture out of the tomatoes by placing them on paper towels and sprinkling them with a little salt.

Tomato Sandwich Roasted Garlic Basil Aioli
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or avocado oil

  • 2 ripe beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 4 slices each

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 2 large egg yolks (see Tip)

  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 slices whole-wheat sourdough bread, toasted


  1. Combine garlic and canola (or avocado) oil in a small skillet; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is softened and golden, about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl. Reserve the oil and the garlic separately.

  2. Arrange tomato slices in a single layer on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks, 1 tablespoon basil, lemon juice, pepper, vinegar, mustard, the reserved garlic and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil and the reserved garlic oil; process until the mixture is thick and creamy.

  4. Spread the aioli on 1 side of each bread slice. Top 4 slices with 2 tomato slices each. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons basil and top with the remaining bread slices, aioli-side down.


Tip: When a recipe calls for raw eggs, you can minimize the risk of foodborne illness by using pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs. Look for them in the refrigerator case near other whole eggs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

350 Calories
19g Fat
34g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 350
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Vitamin A 742IU 15%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Vitamin D 19IU 5%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Vitamin K 19mcg 16%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 178mg 4%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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