Tomato Ombre on Grilled Rustic Bread

Leave it to Martha Stewart to turn tomato bread into a work of art.  Using heirloom tomatoes from the market, bread from one of our artisan bakers and a flavorful selection of spices, oils and vinegars, this is an appetizer you will be proud to serve your guests. 



  • 1 large, long rustic Italian loaf, such as ciabatta
  • 2 cloves garlic, split in half crosswise
  • 3 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes, ranging in color from red or orange to yellow and green
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Trim top crust of loaf slightly to make a flat surface, then slice loaf horizontally to create 2 long halves.
  3. Grill bread until moderately charred, 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Rub bread on both sides of each half with garlic and place, cut sides up, on a platter.
  5. Cut tomatoes into thin slices. Collect accumulated juices and spoon onto bread. Drizzle bread with a generous 1/4 cup oil. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt; season with pepper.
  6. Shingle tomato slices on bread, arranging by color and covering each entire surface. Drizzle remaining oil over tomatoes and season with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  7. Cut tomato-topped bread into wedges and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living