Heirloom Tomato Tartine

by Kelli on August 7, 2013

Serve this Heirloom Tomato Tartine with mixed greens for the perfect summer lunch or lite dinner.

heirloom tomato tartine

I briefly considered roasting these tomatoes.  Oven roasted tomatoes are simply divine.  The thought of a sweet, slow-cooked tomatoes with salty whipped feta and crunchy, toasted farm bread sounded heavenly.  But, on second thought I realized that roasting these beautiful heirloom tomatoes would be doing them (and my tastebuds) a total disservice.  They deserved to be eaten freshly sliced, letting their ripe sweetness shine.

Right now is the time for heirloom tomatoes.  From now until they’ve disappeared from the Greenmarket for the season, I intend to load my bag full of these colorful, mis-shapen beauties, every single weekend.

Heirloom Tomato Tartine

Summer is the time for lite, simple meals (one of my favorite things about this season), and a tartine, this beautiful tartine is the epitome of my perfect summer meal.

Maybe I should back up for a second.  If you’re wondering what the heck a tartine actually is, it’s essentially a simple open-faced sandwich.  Perhaps that’s not what you were expecting.  I assure you, you’re not alone.  The first time I had this delicious meal (last summer), I ordered it for lunch and was expecting something totally different, something akin to a small tart, with a buttery crust and savory filling.  My initial disappointment subsided the second I took my first bite.

Heirloom Tomato Tartine

Tartines are perfect for a snack, a simple lunch, and paired with a simple mixed green salad, they make an excellent lite summer dinner.

I recommend using a hearty country bread, a loaf of sourdough, whole wheat or multigrain bread.  The loaf I used here was a whole wheat sourdough blend, and it was perfect.

Heirloom Tomato Tartine

Yield: Serves 4


  • 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 4 slices country bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade


For the Whipped Feta

Add crumbled feta to a food processor and pulse until small crumbs remain. Add in cream cheese and puree for 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides when necessary, until feta is super creamy.

To Assemble

Lightly toast each piece of bread. Spread each slice with a thick layer of whipped feta. Top with sliced heirloom tomatoes. Lightly drizzle olive oil across the top of each tartine. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and a chiffonade of fresh basil.


Whipped Feta from How Sweet It Is


Heirloom Tomato Tartine


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan August 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

So pretty!! I am so jealous of everyones heirlooms, I cannot find them anywhere! So sad!
Regardless these look and sound delicious!


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Thanks, friend! Boo….such a bummer you’re missing out on the heirloom goodness right now.


Anne|Craving SomethingHealthy August 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Hi Kelli- I’ve been reading your posts on Greatist and finally subscribed to The Corner Kitchen. I am loving the heirloom tomatoes too – I want to buy them all because they’re so pretty! This recipe looks beautiful, and I think it would be great with whipped goat cheese too. Can’t wait to try it!


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

So glad you found me over here, Anne! Welcome :) Yes….this would be ah-mazing with whipped goat cheese!!


Julia August 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I never realized a tartine was an open-faced sandwich! For some reason, I thought it was a pie with no sides, lol, but that pretty much makes it an open-faced sandwich. These look amaaaaazing! I love heirloom tomatoes and whipped feta sounds delicious!


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Thanks so much, Julia!


Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies August 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Those tomatoes look perfect! Somehow, there are no perfect tomatoes around here yet


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I feel like we started getting good tomatoes early this year….the farmer’s market has been teeming with them lately!


Erin | The Law Students Wife August 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Yay yay yay tomatoes and basil. And feta + cream cheese? Summer party on toast!


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Yesssss….the very best kind of summer party :)


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

YUM! I would definitely drizzle these with a balsamic reduction and devour it in a few seconds! Love the fresh, summery flavors!


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Love the idea of drizzling this with balsamic reduction….so delicious!


ashley - baker by nature August 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Um, helloooooooo!!! This is gorgeous!


Kelli August 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Thanks, friend!!


Heather August 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Any chance you want to be our personal chef!?!?


Kelli August 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

For you guys….such a tempting offer. I also hear that Conner makes quite the sous chef these days :)


Jen @JuanitasCocina August 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

I could basically eat this every day for lunch and I’d die happy.


Kelli August 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Oh, me too!! I may have come close to eating my weight in these tartines last week.


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