Here’s Why The Tomato and Mayo Sandwich is The Ultimate Summer Sammy

By Psquared - July 22, 2019

Sandwiches have to be considered one of the ultimate foods. They’re in that tip-top tier along with pizza, and not just because of how delicious they are, but how convenient they are. You can have representatives from every major food group all in one easy to grip location. Wheats, veggies, fruits, dairies and meats all in each and every single bite. What’s not to adore about this? The only reason sliced bread is considered one of the greatest inventions of all time is because it makes sandwich crafting that much easier.

Another great thing about sandwiches is how versatile they are. You can make countless types. You can even make sandwiches that are great for the time of year you’re eating them in. What’s better on a cold winter day than a nice grilled cheese with a piping hot bowl of tomato soup? But what about the summer? Well, one has been making the rounds claiming to be the ultimate sammy of the summer, and it’s making people cock their heads to say the least…

Tomato And Mayo Sandwiches


What fresh helping of WTF is this? Apparently the tomato and mayo sandwich is becoming all the rage in some circles.

First, let’s get our skepticism out of the way. Can this even technically be considered a sandwich at all?

If you remove any of the three elements of this, it’s not a sandwich. Bread and mayo alone? Tomato and mayo? This barely passes. It’s like an edible D minus. So why exactly do people think it’s great for the summer?

Fresh And Easy


Folks enjoy it because it has a crisp, fresh taste that pairs well with summer essentials.

Bring this to the beach with you and enjoy it with some cherries, watermelon and iced tea. It certainly sounds like there are worse things out there.

People also love them because they’re so simple to make. After all, it’s only a few ingredients. You can whip several up in a matter of minutes. However, aren’t there other simple sandwiches? PB&J is as simple as this, so why is this gaining praise?



Well, as great as peanut butter and jelly is (believe us, we’re never gonna knock it), there isn’t as much room for diversity.

Crunchy or smooth peanut butter are your options, and you have a couple different jelly and/or jam options. That’s it.

Meanwhile, the tomato and mayo is just the start. You can add some salt and pepper or any other seasonings that come to your mind. And the fresher the tomatoes, the more refreshing it will be to munch down on at the pool.

Get Fancy


You can also add some herbs and seasoning to the tomato and mayo sandwich to make it feel more high class.

Try some thyme or rosemary to give it a little extra earthiness. You can’t really do that with peanut butter and jelly.

Also, try pairing it with some soup. Tomatoes and mayo are ingredients that are used to enhance countless dishes, so when they’re on center display, they can be matched with just about anything. That’s one flexible sandwich.



You can also enhance the flavor by toasting the bread. Give a little crunch to the meal.

This might actually be the ultimate way to indulge in this delicacy. Think of how great the toasted bread will compliment the ingredients.

The creaminess of the mayo will be offset by the extra bite in the bread, and the tomato’s juiciness will soften it up just a little. And while we’re speaking about the bread, there are a number of options with that as well…

Choose Wisely


Bread often gets overlooked when it comes to making sandwiches. It’s seen as an edible holder for the ingredients, but it’s so much more.

You can pair the flavor and texture of the bread to the sandwich you’re creating.

While store-bought white bread is a classic and works great, why not try a thicker bread like a sourdough? And want to get extra tasty and fancy? Toast that up a little, too. How much better does this look already?



So where exactly did this sandwich originate? Was it some weird dare or challenge on Instagram?

The kids tried it and wound up liking it and it spread from there? Actually, this combination on a sandwich isn’t anything new.

Also, the history of this is a bit of a mystery. Some folks think it started decades ago in New England, while others believe it was birthed in Southern states. It sounds like something both regions would be into. One thing’s for sure: it’s here to stay.



To be honest, we’re not sure how we feel about this. If folks enjoy it, then we won’t try and stop them.

We will offer a word of warning, though: be careful of escalation. If you like this sandwich, good for you.

But don’t go trying to keep making it bigger and better, otherwise you wind up with something like this monstrosity. Too much of a good thing exists, and it becomes a sloppy, structurally unsound mess that isn’t right for any season.



Oh, and we’d also like to fill you in on a very special tomato and mayo sandwich variation. Here’s the recipe.

Get yourself the three ingredients. What type of mayo and what type of tomato should you use? Who cares? Doesn’t matter.

The important thing it to add bacon and lettuce. We call this a “BLT.” So do countless other, for that matter. It includes meat and a veggie, making it an actual, fully formed sandwich. But we don’t mean to make too much fun, because there are way, way weirder sandwiches out there…

Peanut Butter And Pickle Sandwiches


This isn’t a mean-spirited prank to cruelly play on an unsuspecting and soon to be ex-friend. This is an actual menu item in some places.

Lee Zalben, founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co. said she learned about this when a pregnant woman walk into the shop.

She was two weeks past due and she said she had a craving for a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. “I’d never heard of it. But we like to think we can take care of anyone’s peanut butter craving,” Zalben shared with the NY Times.

No... No, No, NO


“So I ran to the corner store and bought a jar of pickles. I made two sandwiches, one for her and one for me.

That was all it took. The first time I tried one, I had this incredible sense of tasting something really new for the first time.

I couldn’t get it out of my head. I had one every day for a week,” Zalben said. Um… good for you, but why inflict the rest of us with this?

Spice It Up


You can also throw Sriracha on there as well. What an absolute treat we have in this sandwich…in reverse land.

Not only are you going to want to throw up because of the flavor in your mouth, but now your mouth will also be burning and it’ll hurt coming out the back end.

Because why enjoy sandwiches for the flawless food they are (were… sigh) when you can instead punish yourself for no reason during lunch every single damn day.

What's Wrong With Just Jelly?


When did people get bored with jelly? It’s delicious! It’s great on sandwiches and also in donuts.

If you don’t like the consistency, then switch to jam or preserves. But why go so overboard on the selections here?

The fruits look okay. But then things go off the rails with the tomato, which yes, is technically a fruit. But that’s just abnormal. And we know pickles are just vinegar-y cucumbers, which are also a fruit. But you know in your heart that’s wrong as well. Just stick to the classics, please.

That's Not A Fluffernutter


Thank goodness, we finally get some sense in here. Is this a picture of a Fluffernutter sandwich? You know what that is, don’t you?

It’s a peanut butter sandwich with marshmallow spread on it. Nutritious? Not even a little. But it’s delicious, and that’s better than what we’ve seen thus far.

Just don’t skimp on the marshmallow. Look at that sweet spread oozing out the sides of the crust here. Wait… What’s that, you say? This isn’t a Fluffernutter? Oh boy…

Peanut Butter And Mayo


Oh… oh no. This has to be a practical joke, right? A cruel prank to play on your worst enemy?

But wait… if it is, indeed just a joke, then why is this picture shot in such a fancy manner?

The shot composition is exquisite as well as the lighting. As if it was done by a professional to show off a product. Oh dear. It appears this is, indeed real. And not only that, but people are somehow fans of this.

Please Don't Combine These


This picture would only be acceptable if jelly were added to the left half and deli meats were added to the right half.

Then, you keep the left and right halves separated from each other and apologize for having them come so close to touching.

But no. This is someone making two sandwiches, and they aren’t a peanut butter and a mayo sandwich. It’s two peanut butter and mayo sandwiches. How could such an abomination happen and also be enjoyed?



This combination actually isn’t anything new. The peanut butter and mayo sandwich is a throwback to the Great Depression.

According to Garden& Gun magazine, “Through the hardships of the Great Depression and the lean years that followed, peanut butter and mayonnaise kept many struggling households afloat.

They were also the ingredients in a sandwich that was once as popular as peanut butter and jelly in parts of the South.”

Okay, so there’s history behind it. But some folks also boiled shoe leather for food, and we’re not saying that also deserves a resurgence.

Onions, Anyone?


Does seeing peanut butter sandwiches ruined with pickles bring a stinging tear to your eyes?

Well, this will literally bring tears to your eyes, and not just because someone is chopping onions in here. It’s the flavor that will do that.

Why do you need sharp and pungent flavors with peanut butter? What’s wrong with sweetness? Peanut butter and jelly became iconic for a reason you know. No use trying to improve on perfection with something that only ruins the entire meal.

Hot Dog And Fruity Pebbles


What do you like on your hot dogs? Ketchup, mustard and relish are the usual go-to answers.

Some people put a full pickle and tomato slice. That’s Chicago style. As if their pizza choices weren’t controversial enough, they had to make hot dogs crazy as well.

But Chicago style has nothing on whatever this style is. You can tell this is a legit fad because of how professionally this is shot. It’s a fruity cereal, but whoever did this has clearly gone cookoo like Coco Puffs.

On Second Thought...


You know what? After that extended excursion into sandwich curiosities, we’ve had a change of heart on the tomato and mayo sandwich.

It doesn’t seem that crazy at all. Sure, we still think it’s incomplete, but we said it’s an edible D minus, and that’s still passing.

But whatever sandwich you choose to eat by the pool or at the beach this summer, just remember to wait 30 minutes before swimming. Mostly because some of these are so gross we don’t want you throwing them up in the water.