Tomatoes on Toast

Freshly toasted slices of rustic bread, topped with Boursin herbed cheese and slices of fresh, ripe garden tomatoes.

Tomatoes on Toast
Elise Bauer

Every year we get a little bit better at growing tomatoes.

The first couple of seasons I tried gardening, the yield was pretty pathetic. Over the years I've learned that you need to have plenty of sun, deep watering but not too much watering, soil prepped with compost, and a good covering of mulch.

I've even taken to crumbling up egg shells and placing them at the base of the plants to help the soil with calcium, which can ward off blossom-end-rot.

This year we finally figured out that we need resistant hybrids, tomatoes that can fight against the verticillium wilt that is endemic to our soil.

So into the ground went the Celebrity variety, resistant to just about everything, and I'm happy to report that we have a bumper crop of excellent tasting tomatoes.

So much so that we are a little overloaded at the moment. What to do when you have a bounty of garden tomatoes?

Tomatoes on Toast
Elise Bauer

Well, my dad likes making tomato juice, and I have spent the last couple of days canning tomato salsa. This snack, which I've made a few times over the last week, is a winner!

So simple. It's just toast, spread with Boursin herbed cheese, topped with sliced fresh garden tomatoes, and sprinkled with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

We get freshly baked La Brea bakery French and Italian loaves at the local market, which of course makes a difference. You want a toast that will hold up to the tomato and not just collapse the minute it touches something moist.

We just happen to have Boursin in the fridge, but you could easily use any spreadable cheese, like goat cheese, mixed in with a few minced herbs.

Easy! And crazy good.

Tomatoes on Toast

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings

If you don't have Boursin cheese, you can use goat cheese with some chopped fresh herbs mixed in. You will find the Boursin easiest to spread if it has been sitting at room temp for 10 minutes or so.


  • 2 to 4 slices of French or Italian loaf bread

  • Herbed Boursin cheese, about 2 tablespoons per bread slice

  • 1 medium to large vine-ripened tomato

  • Coarse salt, such as fleur de sel or Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Toast the bread:

    Use a toaster or toaster oven to toast the bread.

  2. Slice the tomato:

    While the bread is toasting, slice the tomato into 1/4-inch slices.

  3. Top the toast with the cheese, tomato, and seasonings:

    Once the bread is lightly toasted, spread one side with Boursin cheese. Top with a couple slices of tomato, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Eat immediately.

Tomatoes on Toast
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
212 Calories
5g Fat
34g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 212
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 482mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 158mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.