Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle

by | Aug 5, 2015 | All, Main Dishes

This Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle is one of my favorite easy meals when tomatoes are in season. A Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle on a white plate. Glass of water in background.

Contrary to popular belief, food bloggers don’t always eat well. Although our blogs may show gorgeous pictures of mouthwatering dishes, the truth (at least around here) is that we sometimes skip meals. Or eat straight out of the pantry or fridge…or cereal box. Sometimes the thought of making a meal for ourselves is just too much to deal with after hours of food-related blog work. But this Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle is one of my favorite fall-back meals during the summer. It uses only a few ingredients and doesn’t take more than a few minutes to throw together. Totally my kind of low-maintenance meal.  

Everyone is always looking for more uses for tomatoes when the bumper crop arrives. You see a lot of recipes that pair tomatoes with basil and balsamic vinegar, as this recipe does, but I love how the tangy goat cheese keeps this sandwich a bit unexpected but completely approachable.

This Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle is a fantastic use for all of those big, juicy slicing tomatoes that populate the garden and farmer’s market. From toaster to table, it will take you less than 5 minutes to enjoy a fresh, seasonal sandwich. Hard to complain about that effort! 

Tip: Rubbing garlic on the warm, toasted bread is completely optional, but it does add another excellent layer of flavor to this sandwich.

A Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle cut in half on a white plate. Drip of balsamic vinegar and basil leaves on plate.

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Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle

Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle

Don't fret about what to serve for lunch! This easy sandwich will satisfy and impress!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 2 slices crusty bread
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Tomato slices
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Softened goat cheese


  1. Toast bread and rub warm slices with garlic clove. Discard clove.
  2. Combine vinegar and oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Layer tomato slices on one piece of bread. Drizzle tomatoes with balsamic mixture. Top with fresh basil. Spread goat cheese on other piece of bread and combine bread slices together for sandwich.

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 733mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g
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    Ha, you nailed it, there are plenty of nights especially this summer where we are just paper plating it with sandwiches. Not always gourmet in my house 🙂 I love this little sandwich combo though, it looks delicious! Goat cheese is a favorite!!

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      Easy eating…isn’t that what summer is all about? Love it! Thanks for stopping by, Aggie.

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    omg! this sandwich recipe is simply gorgeous! thank you so much for sharing! your sandwich looks so delicious! i can almost taste it in my mind!!! and tomorrow i’m going to make it! lots of greetings from poland! 🙂

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    What type of chèvre did you use?

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      I am a big fan of the goat cheese from Stickney Hill Dairy here in Minnesota, but I’ve rarely been known to turn down ANY goat cheese. Enjoy!

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    Looks so yummy!

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    I have so many nights during the week when we do quick and easy meals. These sandwiches are perfect and so seasonal! Yum!

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    I would consider this one eating VERY well. I adore sandwiches!

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      True…certainly bests the bag of popcorn I just mowed through!

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    You had me at goat cheese. My new obsession + tomatoes are my forever obsession = Perfection !

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    This was the easiest sandwich that I’ve ever made and tasted yum 🙂 although I added dried basil leaves instead of fresh basil leaves to grilled tomatoes, cause I dint have fresh basil leaves 🙂

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      I get spoiled in the summer when fresh basil is outside my back door, so when cold weather rolls around, I miss it. So glad you found a way to make it work even in November!

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    I know I’m a day late and a dollar short, but this is tonites dinner. I softend the goat cheese in the microwave, and mixed it up in my mini-food processor with some herbs (basil, etc.) a bit of mayo and some garlic powder, as well as some grated parm I’ll slice up my tomatoes with my mandolin and drizzle some balsamic & oil on top before a few minutes under the broiler.

    I really hate where people rate a recipe after making their own changes, but this one is 100% solid. Thank you!


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