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Sliced Tomato Flavor Matches

Tomato slices

Tomatoes fresh from the garden—medium or large ones—sliced or cherry tomatoes halved and arranged on a plate and served with flavor matches take little time. Serve sliced tomatoes every day with a different flavor match—you will not run out of flavor combinations from the first picked tomato to the last.

Choose one or two medium tomatoes per person if tomatoes are the heart of the meal. Slice tomatoes horizontally, not vertically—that is across the equator. (Wedges are sliced stem to blossom end.) Quarter-inch slices will work perfectly. Discard the stem and blossom ends.

Most simply: tomato slices can be drizzled with a little extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You’ll want crusty bread to soak up the juices on the plate.

You won’t have to work hard to discover combinations that are flavorful. Salt and pepper, olive oil, vinegar, or vinaigrette will work with any of the combinations here. Keep tasting to find the flavor matches you like best.

Sliced tomato flavor matches:

  • tomatoes + vinegar (balsamic, raspberry, red wine, rice, sherry, tarragon, white, wine)
  • tomatoes + salt + pepper + lemon juice + cider vinegar + mozzarella cheese
  • tomatoes + avocado + jalapeño mayonnaise
  • tomatoes + bacon + bittersweet lettuce
  • tomatoes + cucumber + olive oil
  • tomatoes + hard cooked egg + salt
  • tomatoes + toasted bread + garlic rub + olive oil + salt
  • tomatoes + mushroom garnish
  • tomatoes + sliced onions (red, sweet, Vidalia)
  • tomatoes + prosciutto + mozzarella cheese + olive oil
  • tomatoes + Italian parsley + garlic + olive oil
  • tomatoes + Italian parsley + minced garlic + grated hard cheese (Dry Jack, Parmesan, Romano, Asiago)
  • tomatoes + arugula + vinaigrette
  • tomatoes + lemon basil + olive oil
  • tomatoes + bell peppers + olive oil or vinaigrette
  • tomatoes + minced garlic + shaved Parmesan cheese
  • tomatoes + slices of mozzarella fresca + olive oil
  • tomatoes + lemons + olive oil
  • tomatoes + minced garlic + lemon cucumber + bell pepper + olive oil
  • tomatoes + cheese (blue, goat, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, Parmesan, pecorino)
  • tomatoes + chile peppers
  • tomatoes + chives
  • tomatoes + cilantro + jalapeño or Serrano chiles + olive oil
  • tomatoes + cucumbers
  • tomatoes + lemon
  • tomatoes + olive oil
  • tomatoes + sliced green olives + olive oil
  • tomatoes + black olives
  • tomatoes + lemon + tuna
  • tomatoes + sweet red onion + anchovy filets + olive oil
  • tomatoes + feta cheese + anchovy filets + olive oil + minced oregano
  • tomatoes + parsley + olive oil
  • tomatoes + minced garlic + grated cheese + chopped preserved lemons + olive oil
  • tomatoes + feta cheese + oregano + chopped red onions + red wine vinegar
  • tomatoes + grilled sweet onions + bacon + balsamic vinaigrette
  • tomatoes + avocado + basil + crab
  • tomatoes + avocado + lemon
  • tomatoes + basil + chervil + garlic + tarragon
  • tomatoes + basil + goat cheese
  • tomatoes + basil + mozzarella cheese + garlic + olive oil + balsamic vinegar
  • tomatoes + basil + olive oil + orange juice + prosciutto + watermelon
  • tomatoes + basil + oregano + thyme
  • tomatoes + basil + ricotta cheese
  • tomatoes + chile peppers + garlic + onions
  • tomatoes + fennel + Gorgonzola cheese
  • tomatoes + garlic chives + lemon basil
  • tomatoes + horseradish + lemon
  • tomatoes + olive oil + balsamic vinegar
  • tomatoes + frisée + watercress + balsamic vinegar
  • tomatoes + raspberry + basil + vinegar
  • tomatoes + mozzarella + ham + jalapeño + basil
  • tomatoes + cucumber relish + parsley
  • tomatoes + crème fraĩche + fresh herbs
  • tomatoes + watermelon
  • tomatoes + peppers + onions + bread + almonds

 

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