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The Tomato Sandwich Might Just Be The Absolute Best Sandwich For Summer

These are perfect to pack for pool days!

I’ve been a vegetarian for roughly a decade and while there isn’t much I miss about eating meat, sandwiches are the exception.

Not only are they easy to throw together when you need a quick lunch, but soup and a sandwich was always one of my favorite meals.

Of course, grilled cheese is still an option for those who aren’t vegan but, other than that, I’m pretty much restricted to a bunch of vegetables — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Especially when I can make my all-time favorite summer sandwich with fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes.

The sandwich is so simple, and I’ve always made it with just sliced-up tomatoes, salt and mayonnaise. But this recipe from Sweet Little Bluebird — which also calls for pepper — sounds amazing! You could also consider adding basil for an extra kick of flavor.

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While I love all tomatoes, the key here is fresh tomatoes. So if you have a garden or farmers’ market nearby, your sandwich will be even better.

Not to mention the added benefit of heading outside to get your produce!

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If the thought of just tomatoes, mayo, salt and pepper doesn’t appeal to you (though I promise it’s delicious!), you can also spice it up with the addition of basil, cheese or, really, anything else you want.

This recipe for a tomato sandwich with basil mayonnaise, for example, is sure to boost the flavor a bit.

You could also take a suggestion from EatingWell and add melted provolone cheese, which can be done quickly and easily in your toaster oven.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, make a peanut butter and tomato sandwich or, if you eat meat, try this recipe from JIF for a peanut butter BLT.

While I can’t speak for the taste of this one, I can tell you that my neighbor and I used to eat peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches when we were kids and that is delicious!

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If you’re seeking another light, summery, tomato-based meal, try your hand at making a cool and refreshing tomato-cucumber gazpacho.

This cold soup can be made with a variety of veggies — or even fruits — but this simple recipe pairs sweet tomatoes with cool cucumbers and seasonings.

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Another super-light yet satisfying summer meal comes to us from blogger Tori Avey in the sweet-savory combination of watermelon and feta cheese.

With the addition of mint leaves, this summery salad is simple yet flavorful, and visually impressive with all the vibrant colors. Garnish with a bit of lime if you like!

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For another crisp and colorful summertime salad option, try whipping up some rainbow slaw, as dreamed up by the bloggers at Evergreen Kitchen.

This vegan and gluten-free recipe uses an array of bright vegetables — like cabbage, peppers, carrots, tomatoes and olives — and makes for a perfect weeknight dinner or a pretty offering to present at a barbecue or picnic. You could also add in some avocado for a bit of healthy fat!

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With all these amazing-looking options, your whole season’s meals are sorted! What’s your favorite deliciously light dish to make in the summer?