“Heirloom Tomato, Black Bean & Avocado Toast” is less of a recipe title and more of a grocery list of my favorite things. In honor of the first day of summer, I’m sharing one of my favorite summertime breakfasts.
When I was a kid, I didn’t like tomatoes. I would remove them from sandwiches and burgers and eat around them in salads. So what changed? I ate a homegrown tomato!
When Xavier and I rented a few years ago, our landlords had a community garden in our backyard – which had its perks. The first time they handed me a tomato from the garden, it struck me how different it looked from a store bought tomato. The red was slightly darker and much richer in color. It had some natural discoloration, and it smelled amazing. I sliced the tomato thin and made a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich that changed my entire perspective on tomatoes.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to me! Growing up, my family had an orange tree in our backyard. When it produced, my dad would juice the oranges for the most delicious OJ. When I tried OJ from a carton after that, it was never the same.
I still can’t often find store bought tomatoes that pack the same flavor as the homegrown ones I’ve eaten these past few years, with the exception of these beauties. These are baby heirloom tomatoes I found at Whole Foods.
According to Oh My Veggies, heirloom tomatoes usually haven’t been hybridized like regular tomatoes you find at the store. Like most fruits and veggies, tomatoes are grown to look and taste a certain way for consistency, among other reasons. Unfortunately for me, I’m not down with that version! Which is probably why I think heirloom tomatoes taste so, so good.
I combine these tomatoes with Engine 2 Spicy Black Bean Hummus and diced avocado to make even store brand bread look and taste wonderful. What I love about the Engine 2 hummus is that it’s oil free. If you can’t get your hands on it, try making a homemade version with black beans, chickpeas, lemon, sesame seeds, and ancho chili pepper.
I put this recipe into MyFitnessPal and it comes to 347 calories, 13 grams of fat, 14 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein, not to mention 64% Vitamin A and 88% Vitamin C.
- 2 slices of whole grain bread
- 2 tbsp Engine 2 Spicy Black Bean Hummus
- ½ avocado, diced
- 10 baby heirloom tomatoes
- sea salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Toast bread until golden
- Divide black bean hummus equally across the toast
- Layer avocado on top
- Top avocado with baby heirloom tomatoes
- Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt and black pepper