Tomato + Cheddar Sandwich with Lemon Aioli

When I’m not making lunch at home, I try to find simple, well-crafted, veggie-focused foods to pick up that almost make me feel like I've made them myself.

One of my favorite go-to sandwiches is a delicious tomato and cheddar number from a local sandwich place.

Besides the main ingredients, it includes a little mayo, some crunchy greens, and great bread.

After picking up this sandwich for the 100th time, my husband asked why I wasn’t just making it at home?

Admittedly it is pretty darn simple, so I decided to spend a little time working to create my own version.

And as a bonus, I decided to prep everything ahead of time so that I would have a week's worth of lunches!

I knew the key to this sandwich was in the mayo, along with just the right ratios--and of course the freshest tomatoes I could find.

My lemon aioli is very simple but will make any sandwich taste absolutely amazing.

If you have never made your own mayo, now is the time!

And the best way to try it out is to smear it on hearty bread with a little cheese, some tomatoes, and a handful of greens.


Tomato + Cheddar Sandwich with Lemon Aioli

servings: 2 sandwiches, with about 1¼ cups aioli

Lemon Aioli:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon + half the lemon’s zest
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Tomato + Cheddar Sandwich:

  • 8 teaspoons Lemon Aioli
  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (8-10 slices total)
  • 1 cup lightly-packed spring mix lettuce

Lemon Aioli:

  1. Add the egg yolk, vinegar, lemon juice and zest, mustard, garlic, and salt to a blender; blend on high for 10 seconds. Leave the blender on and very slowly drizzle in the oil, starting with a couple of drops and adding more as you go until the aioli is thick.

Tomato + Cheddar Sandwich:

  1. To assemble the sandwiches, spread 2 teaspoons of Lemon Aioli over each slice of bread. Top two slices with the cheddar and the other two with the tomato slices and lettuce. Combine, cut in half, and enjoy!
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