The simple open-faced cucumber and tomato toast are a great way to celebrate summer's garden bounty.
I have been a little bummed to not have a huge garden as I had at our new house. In our previous house, we had an amazing space. I have something specific in mind and am waiting until I can make it happen. In the meantime, I am growing whatever I can in my front flower bed.
I like some fresh herbs thinly sliced over the veggies, so I grabbed some fresh basil. You can see it is looking a little shabby. We are the end of a pretty hot summer, so it is struggling to stay alive. Remember the new basil leaves taste so much better than the older, larger leaves.
I also had my eye on some thyme that was growing. Don't you just love fresh thyme???
I couldn't resist grabbing this photo of a bee on my echinacea. Anyone else grateful for bees??
The carbs are a pretty important part of any dish, in my eyes anyway. Choose carefully. I love these artisan rolls from Costco and use them when I don't have time to make my own. Ciabatta rolls, sourdough, herb bread, or even a whole grain are great options as well.
One of my favorite tomatoes is Cherokee purples. They have the best flavor and are exactly what a homegrown summer tomato should taste like! Now, slice thick or thin, depending on preference. I like them thin, but my hubby loves them thick.
These lemon cucumbers are not from my garden, someone in my Pilates class was good enough to share. They have been a favorite of ours for a really long time. If you ever get the chance to grow or even eat them, do it!
I like to peel them, but some people just eat the skins as well. So peel and slice.
Putting it all together
After you have toasted your bread. I like to spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the bread. You can also use butter if you prefer, a light drizzle of olive oil, or even an herb cream cheese.
Next, layer on your tomatoes and cucumbers. Sprinkle with a fair amount of flake salt (or whatever you like to use), freshly ground pepper and you thinly sliced basil and fresh thyme.
The Finished Open-Faced Cucumber and Tomato Toast
Doesn't this just feel like summer?? Yes, this is it! These open-faced cucumber and tomato toast are so perfect!
Looking for other sandwich ideas? I've go those too. Check them out here!