Rustic Tomato Toast

This traditional Spanish snack couldn’t be easier to make. Aside from good toasted bread, it requires very few ingredients: a garlic clove, a ripe tomato, some olive oil and flaky sea salt. In fact, the ingredient list is actually the recipe in shorthand. If you want a slightly more elaborate toast, garnish with anchovy fillets, slices of avocado or grilled shrimp. But even in its simplest form, this rustic toast is always satisfying.


  • 2 slices of bread from a plain rustic loaf, about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 small ripe red tomato, halved, seeds squeezed out
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt or fleur de sel
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

      147 calories; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 5 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 16 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram dietary fiber; 2 grams sugars; 3 grams protein; 157 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

2 toasts


  1. Toast the bread on both sides under the broiler, on a stovetop grill or over coals, until it is perfectly browned, with a bit of give in the center, about 1 minute per side.
  2. Pressing down firmly, rub the top of each toast with the garlic. Press the tomato, cut side down, against the toast. Rub to moisten the toast and give it a juicy red color.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and finish with a tiny sprinkle of sea salt. Serve immediately.

10 minutes

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