Green Tomato Tartines

Green Tomato Tartines

Summer has officially come and gone, and our garden has left us with a tangle of vines and a pile of unripe tomatoes. However, we’ve come to realize that just because the tomatoes aren’t red doesn’t mean they’re not tasty!

There’s all sorts of things to do with green tomatoes, from frying them to baking them up in a mince meat pie. Our favorite version so far? A toasted open faced sandwich, with the tomatoes pan-fried and served warm. Goat cheese is a great contrast to the tomatoes, and the saltiness of the Kalamata olives put it into addictive territory for us!  We also used some fresh herbs still hanging on in our garden – I preferred dill, where Alex’s favorite was basil.

It’s a great appetizer or light dinner option – we served it the other night as an assemble-your-own dinner right from the cutting board.

What’s your favorite way to eat green tomatoes?


Green Tomato Tartines

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 tartines 1x


  • 2 large green tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1 handful fresh herbs (for example, dill, basil, and chives)
  • 4 slices crusty bread
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt


  1. Slice the green tomatoes. Thinly slice the red onion, then rinse the slices several times under cold water. Coarsely chop the olives and the herbs.
  2. Toast the bread slices.
  3. In a skillet, heat a few drizzles of olive oil. Place the tomato slices in the skillet and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt. Heat until softened and just golden, about 3 minutes per side. Taste and add additional salt as necessary.
  4. On each slice of bread, spread goat cheese. Top with warm tomatoes, onions, olives, and herbs. Serve immediately. If making ahead, reheat tomatoes prior to serving.


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    October 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    What a cool idea! It looks so fresh and delicious :)

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    October 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Wow these look delicious and I absolutely LOVE your presentation! Gorgeous pictures! :)

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      October 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Oh, thank you!!

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    Debbie B (DebaRooRoo)
    October 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    This looks awesome! So bright and colorful :)

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    anna maria
    October 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    i love the colors! looks delicious :)

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    October 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    In Northern California I am still getting ripe tomatoes from my garden (of course, we had a cool summer, and I didn’t start getting RIPE tomatoes until August!) But the season is coming to a close, so I am enjoying some green tomatoes as well. A few of my favorite ways . . . grilled cheese sandwich with green tomatoes, green tomato cake, green tomato pickles — similar to korean cucumber salad (with 1/2 thinly sliced onion, equal parts sugar and white (or rice) vinegar, red pepper flakes (optional)) . . . I have my winter crops planted (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and winter squash) . . . and fava beans ready to go in as soon as the tomatoes are done!

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      October 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Wow, my mouth is watering at this list!!! Thanks you for sharing! (And can you send some our way??)

      PS I’m so jealous of your California weather :)

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    meg jones wall
    October 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    god, i was sold on these just from the photograph! fantastic idea.

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    October 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks, everyone! Hopefully you have some green tomatoes to spare? :)

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    October 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Just had to say these are the best EVER! I made them the other night and can’t wait to have them again. Im glad we have so many green tomatoes! Usually we only have fried green tomatoes, so this is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing!

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      October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Haha! Love your enthusiasm. I ate a stack about 9-high myself on Sunday :)

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        October 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

        Thank you for sharing! It’s so nice to hear when others enjoy just as much as we do! :) I’m hoping we have green tomatoes a while longer… (Alex is threatening to tear them out for the winter!).

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          October 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

          Oh! Don’t tear them out until you get a killing frost! Enjoy them as long as possible.

          Before he tears out all of his tomato plants, my Dad picks all of the remaining green tomatoes and puts them on newspaper in the basement . . . they ripen on their own and he extends his season by nearly a month.

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          October 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          I was wondering if it was possible to ripen them indoors! Thanks for the tip — and I will not let him tear them out just yet :)

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    October 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

    wondering what the bread shown in the picture is….looks incredible…did you make it, and if not, where did you find it??

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      October 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Haha, yes it is incredible! But not made by us :) We got it at Fresh Market – it was called “Harvest Grain Loaf”. I’d love to be able to make something like it – that will be a good project for winter :)

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    October 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Your food styling/photography is amazing!! I have a Canon Rebel with a standard lens. I’m looking to get a lens upgrade. Any suggestions?

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      October 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you! We’re continually learning more about photography and getting more comfortable.

      We shoot almost all of our pictures with a 50mm prime lens. We use the f/1.4, but the f/1.8 is an amazing lens for the money. We highly recommend either of them.

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    October 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you!! You just confirmed what I thought. Looks like I’m getting the 50mm.

    Seriously… Your food styling is crazy good.

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      October 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Haha, awesome! And thank you again!

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