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Tartines: Delicious, Healthy, Simple to Prepare

I had never even heard of a tartine before being seated in the restaurant Le Pain Quotidien last July. The restaurant had been highly recommended by two Insta-friends: Claudia, who visited one in Mexico City and Preethi, who visited one in Madrid. Preethi told us we could go to a right here in New York City!

You can read my review of Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien: Affordable Gourmet Dining in the Heart of Manhattan

The text-only menu left us wondering what these tartines were so we Googled images and wow, they looked delicious!

Lunch table at Le Pain Quotidien restaurant
The tartine I ordered is in the top-left corner of the photo.

The word tartine means “a piece of bread with a sweet or savory topping”. 75% of French people eat tartines for breakfast, but these are basically just a slice of baguette with butter and jelly spread on top. More complex tartines are eaten later in the day and this is where they become interesting. A tartine is simple to prepare, but the ingredients have to taste great together is the art.

Delicious! Healthy! Simple to prepare at home!


The tartine I prepared is pictured above, made with multigrain bread (toast it a little to make it firm enough to support the ingredients on top), prosciutto, home-made mozzarella, watercress, basil pesto and dried tomato pesto, and finally, avocado. I also sprinkled … Add balsamic oil and voila, your tartine is ready to serve!

My tartines were as delicious as they look, and they left my family asking when we would have them again!

The one pictured at the top of this post was similar but with a few variations. The store-bought chips have rosemary added and were fried in olive oil.

Preparation time: 10 minutes! What could be better!

Tartines On The Road Or At Your Table

A tartine is a perfect choice if you’re traveling in France since they are quick, they will fill you up and they won’t cost you a huge amount of money. In fact, these became popular in France for just that reason, according to Chez bonne femme. People everywhere need a quick bite to eat.

If you’re not traveling to France, prepare them at home. There are plenty of tartine recipes online, if you need help choosing the right ingredients. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. My tartine above was delicious, even though my Insta-friend Nancy pointed out that I should have add some balsamic oil. Next time…

Tip! Make yesterday’s leftovers look more beautiful today!

You will not be disappointed! If you make them, let me know how they came out…

24 comments

    1. Delicious, healthy and so simple to prepare! And there are also so many ways to prepare them. You just have to be creative.

    1. Thanks to Instagram, food is more interesting and attractive than ever. These tartines are delicious and so simple to prepare. They’re also more filling than they look.

    1. Thank you, Kim. They’re tasty and quick to prepare, which is so important now that our lives are busier than ever.

  1. This looks so delicious, I love everything with avocado in it and I’m happy that my kids like it too. Only sometimes is difficult to find good avocados here, not even close as good as those in USA. That’s probably also the reason why our restaurants don’t offer that kind of meals 😐

    1. The avocados I buy here are always from Mexico or Peru 😮 But I love them. These tartines are so simple to prepare and so delicious.

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