A simple and flavorful breakfast: tomato toast. Whole grain bread + thinly sliced sweet cherry tomatoes + a little vegan mayo and seasonings = a wholesome breakfast in less than 10 minutes. Add this vegan toast idea to your avocado toast routine.
Breakfast is either quick and simple or an elaborate affair, am I right? This tomato toast falls into the quick and simple side of things.
Tired of oatmeal or avocado toast and looking for something just as quick? This is a bright and flavorful plant-based breakfast option I'm sure you'll love.
🧄 Ingredient notes
This recipe is really simple, so use the best ingredients you have. Really good tasting, chewy multigrain bread and sweet, beautiful tomatoes will make all the difference.
- Whole grain bread - choose a hearty, chewy whole grain bread you enjoy. I recommend Dave's Killer Bread. Sourdough also works well for tomato toast.
- Cherry tomatoes - look for sweet cherry tomatoes, with variegated colors if you can find them.
- Vegan mayo - make your own healthy egg-free mayonnaise or use store-bought, like veganaise
First, you'll want to start with some really good whole grain bread. I like Dave's Killer Bread - the one in the green package.
It keeps really well in the freezer, so I keep a few loaves in there and just pull out a couple slices as I need them. Pop them in the toaster until the bread is well toasted.
We don't want lightly toasted here, because then the toast will get soggy after you add the mayo and tomatoes. So, make sure the bread gets nice and evenly toasted.
While your bread is toasting, rinse off your cherry tomatoes and dry them. Then, using a serrated knife, slice each tomato into 3 or 4 thin slices.
My Amish tomato knife makes quick work of them. We bought this tomato knife in Kentucky at an Amish store, but you can, surprisingly, also find them on Amazon.
Once your toast is ready, spread a thin layer of vegan mayo (whichever brand or recipe you like) on each piece of toast.
Then, lightly sprinkle the mayo with Kirkland's no salt 21-seasoning from Costco. If you don't have that seasoning, you could also use Mrs. Dash or just use ground black pepper.
Now it's time for your little tomatoes! Spread your little tomato slices onto your toast in little rows, overlapping each other, so they stay in place.
Once you've covered each piece of toast, then sprinkle with fine pink Himalayan salt (or fine sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper.
Now, take a giant bite and enjoy your tomato toast! So fresh and delicious. Yummmm, tastes like summer.
If you want to use big tomatoes for your toast, you certainly can. You'll want to remove the core first. Then, try to slice the tomatoes as thinly as possible.
Tomato toast is a meal you eat right away. It doesn't really keep very long, so I don't recommend making it ahead for a later time.
🍞 Vegan toast ideas
Looking for ideas on what to put on toast that's vegan and plant-based? Try one of these suggestions:
- Avocado Toast: Either mash or thinly slice avocado and layer on toast. Top with sea salt and black pepper, everything bagel seasoning, red chili flakes or your favorite seasoning.
- Avocado Tomato Toast: Layer thinly sliced tomato on top of your mashed or slice avocado toast
- Cherry Tomato Toast with Vegan Mayo: Thinly slice cherry tomatoes with a tomato knife or serrated knife. Spread vegan mayo on toast, then sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper.
- Jam on Toast: Almost all jams, preserves and jellies are vegan, since they are made with fruit and sugar. Spread away for a sweet snack or breakfast
- Vegan Cucumber Cream Cheese Toast: Spread vegan cream cheese on toast, then layer with thin slices of cucumber. Sprinkle with fresh dill, salt, pepper or everything bagel seasoning.
- Peanut Butter Banana Toast: Spread peanut butter (or other nut butter) on toast, then layer with sliced banana. Drizzle with maple syrup, agave nectar or date syrup.
- Veggie Toast: Spread vegan mayo on toast, then layer with lettuce or spring mix, sliced pickles, tomato slices and red onion. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heirloom Tomato Toast: Slice large heirloom tomatoes, then layer on toast and season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
🗺 Cultural influences
You'll find versions of open-faced sandwiches, even tomato toast in many countries, the most notable being Spain and Italy.
In Spain, tomato toast is a common breakfast, using crushed tomatoes on sliced, toasted baguette-style bread, with a sprinkle of olive oil and salt.
The food we enjoyed there was just one of 10 Reasons to Visit Southern Spain I wrote about in a recent post.
In Italy, bruschetta is a delicious appetizer of toasted or grilled bread slices, olive oil and a topping of chopped tomatoes, basil and garlic.
In these climates with plenty of sunshine to grow ripe, sweet, juicy tomatoes, it's no wonder that the simple meal of toasted bread and fresh tomatoes would have been enjoyed for generations.
🥣 More plant-based breakfast ideas
If you like this recipe, you may also like these other plant-based breakfast recipes and ideas:
- Breakfast Tacos with Spinach, Sweet Potato and Spicy Charro Beans
- Hash Brown Breakfast Bowl with Spinach, Corn and Tomato
- Breakfast Couscous Bowl with Banana and Strawberries
- Breakfast Couscous Bowl with Oranges
- 3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- Simple Maple Oatmeal with Bananas
- 10 Ways to Spice up your Oatmeal
Easy Cherry Tomato Toast with Vegan Mayo
- Toast bread for 3-5 minutes in a toaster or air fryer, until it is nicely browned and crisp. If it is only lightly toasted, it will not hold up to the moisture of the tomatoes.
- While your bread is toasting, rinse your tomatoes and dry them. Then, thinly slice each cherry tomato into 3-4 pieces with a sharp serrated knife. I use an Amish tomato knife and it works very well (link above).
- Once your toast is ready, put it on a plate. Then, spread a thin layer of vegan mayo on each piece. Lightly sprinkle the Kirkland no salt 21-seasoning (if using) on the mayo.
- Arrange your cut tomatoes onto each piece of toast in little rows, overlapping each piece slightly to help it stay in place. Lightly season the top of your tomatoes with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.