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Tomato Basil Open-Faced Sandwich 

Crusty bread smothered in fresh basil and red-ripe tomatoes.

This is one of our own Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® recipes. It meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict nutrition guidelines as a healthy recipe.

Category: Main Dishes

Think Variety; Think Color: Red

Preparation time: 30 minutes or less

Serves: 4

Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving: ½


  • 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. finely minced fresh basil
  • 8 ¾-inch slices, crusty hearth style bread
  • 16-24 fresh basil leaves, enough to cover bread slices
  • 4 medium red ripe tomatoes, stem end removed
  • Salt (optional)
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Gently heat oil and garlic in small skillet over MEDIUM heat. Add minced basil and stir well. Remove from heat, allow to cool.  Lightly toast slices of bread and brush lightly with flavored, cooled oil. Place oil-side up and layer with fresh basil leaves, about 2 or 3 per toast. Slice tomatoes and arrange slices over basil leaves. Sprinkle with optional salt and a grinding of fresh black pepper. Serve immediately.


*Optional ingredients are not included in dietary analysis.


Each serving provides:  An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium, and a good source of potassium and fiber.


Credit: Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.

Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories: 182 Carbohydrates: 26g
Total Fat: 6.8g Cholesterol: 0mg
Saturated Fat: 1.1g Dietary Fiber: 3g
% of Calories from Fat: 33% Sodium: 241mg
Protein: 5g  



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