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The French have the right idea! This Dieter’s Tartine is a light, fresh, delicious lunch.
Dieter's Tartine | Simple toasts topped with fromage blanc and fresh vegetables

Dieter’s Tartine

Who doesn’t need a light lunch idea smack in the middle of the summer? Especially when coming off a relaxing holiday up in northern Wisconsin…where walking to the balcony with my Kindle was often the most intense activity of the day. Then we had our annual book club pitch in dinner. My lunch that day consisted of cream cheese frosting, caramel filling and coconut mousse, all eaten straight out of the mixing bowls. So this little ditty came at the perfect time. I shouldn’t have been surprised that the combination of ordinary ingredients in this Dieter’s Tartine turned out so tasty, but it was from Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author extraordinaire.

Dieter's Tartine | Simple toasts topped with fromage blanc and fresh vegetables

Simple and Satisfying

The concept was so easy: toasted bread (I used Seeduction from Whole Foods) was topped with Fromage Blanc, salt and white pepper, then a melange of diced tomatoes, English cucumbers and chives. Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper were all the seasonings needed. If you’re unable to find Fromage Blanc at your market, Dorie offered an easy substitution: 6 tablespoons of cottage cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons sour cream. I had plans to drizzle these with a balsamic reduction, but after one bite, I knew to leave well enough alone. I think it will be today’s lunch, too!

Recipe can be found here.Dieter's Tartine | Simple toasts topped with whipped cottage cheese and fresh vegetables

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51 comments on “Dieter’s Tartine”

  1. I could easily eat these for lunch every day of summer!

  2. I adore formage blanc! Cucumber, tomato and herbs on top of cheese? YUM! Such a great lunch/snack idea.

  3. great appetizer! Oh your chive blossom is so gorgeous. I can never grow chives in my pots! hm….can’t wait to make these.

  4. Great presentation, Lizzy! We loved this, too.

  5. This was good, even in its plainest form, wasn’t it? I agree with Susan – beautiful presentation!

  6. simple and colorful perfect appetizer !

  7. Awesome colourful snacks! Looks like I could use some for my next party πŸ™‚

  8. So funny LIz, I made tartines this week too (a bit different than yours) and am posting them today though I had no idea today was “tartine day” for “the Dorie club”! They are indeed delicious and one of my favorite go-to dinners when I need something quick, easy and wonderful!

  9. This was perfect as is, no balsamic necessary. I am still surprised by how much I liked it. I love your photos – so sunny and home-like and perfect.

  10. Especially perfect with garden fresh veggies! This would be my kind of lunch:@)

  11. Are you sure that’s lunch? It really looks more like an appetizer to me.

  12. Funny name for a bread, jaja. It looks so fresh Liz, but IΒ΄m intrigued by the coconut mousse with caramel… Have a great weekend!

  13. Looks fabulous, I could eat these anytime of the day πŸ™‚ Love the veggies and chives along with Fromage Blanc, sounds so delicious!

  14. I knew you were in Wisconsin but didn’t realize that you were north. How far? I used to spend my summers in the Eagle River area. Your lunch looks fantastic to me. I get to craving fresh vegetables so badly and this is a great way to serve them up.

  15. Gorgeous photos. i love those flowering chives. Your lunch of mousse and frosting does sound delicious πŸ™‚

  16. Ahhh – that sounds and looks wonderful Liz! You had me a “dieter’s” which, after being in Boston for a few days, is going to be necessary!!

  17. Looks and sounds fantastic, Lizzy. I’m less than a week from tomato season, but I will live on these! πŸ™‚

  18. YUMMMM!! Looks amazing and super fresh!

  19. I love fresh and light lunch snacks, I crave those a lot in the summer time! It’s such a pleasure to cook too, since it only takes you a few minutes. Perfect when you’d rather be outside in the sunshine πŸ™‚

  20. I could eat this every day for lunch. So good!

  21. Love the chive blossom. Pretty! And Seeduction is one of my all time favourites. Yum.

  22. Hello Liz,

    I have missed on many posts of yours while I was in India. Back now and getting on track. Tartine looks so colorful and fresh. Have a great weekend.

  23. Liz, another winner of a recipe – your tartine looks fresh and delicious and just perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. I do believe the Doristas all really enjoyed this one!
    Have a nice weekend!

  24. Believe it or not, Liz, I shopped at Whole Foods today BEFORE reading your Post — and, picked up my bi-weekly loaf of Sprouted Wheat Seeduction!!! My favorite bread of the past six months. It must be that family thing again. I know that others thought this a bit bland and why bother?? but I enjoyed it. As always with Dorie, she presents an idea and we can build on it and do with it what we wish. Chris’ tartine looks mighty interesting to me. I love how you tucked those little clovers (that is what they are, right??) in the topping. Lovely and picturesque, as usual.

  25. Your tartine are sooo pretty, Liz. Fromage blanc is easily attainable in the Ninja Baker’s neighborhood. As a cottage cheese fan though I’m excited to learn that I can simply add a soupΓ§on of sour cream.

    I suspect your dieter’s dish is quite tasty. However, I would enjoy your out-of-the bowl caramel and coconut mousse, too =)

  26. So lovely, I could eat a million of these!!

  27. Your vacation sounded so relaxing. How nice for you! Lovely light lunch!

  28. such refreshing and fresh tasting snacks make any summer special, loved the bounty of colors in this dish, glad it is healthier too πŸ™‚

  29. Sounds like you’re having a lovely summer. This looks like a wonderful lunch. I often cook with white pepper but my Archie doesn’t like the smell of it – have to restrain myself and only grind it over food when he’s not home xx

  30. I love the chive stalks resting on top of your tartine. Looks very elegant.

  31. These look so good! I love the light tomato cucumber topping!

  32. Lizzy,
    Hope you had a lovely vacation. I bet you don’t need a light lunch but with the summer heat, eating light is a good choice. I could eat a dozen slices of this tartine.

  33. I love a lunch of just frosting and sweets, but these little tartines look lovely. Whole Food’s seeduction bread is my absolute favorite- I always hit up that store and buy a loaf whenever I happen to be near one of their locations.

  34. So pretty! LOVE those flowers on top.

  35. I am a huge tartine fan! This looks delicious.

    PS: I love Wisconsin. I’ve only been once but still remember how pretty it is in the summer.

  36. Wholewheat bread, fresh cottage cheese and seasonal produce…a great combo for a simple yet delicious lunch.

  37. Coconut Mousse? That sounds like the perfect partner to Dieter’s Tartine. The fresh chives are so pretty on this – it took me three stores to find chives as our stores are now in summer mode and a wasteland of despair.

  38. Stunning photos- these look like am amazing appetizer instead of a supposed “diet” option πŸ™‚ And that bread is something else…not to mention the hilarious name “seeduction”. Love it !

  39. So light and delicious!! Perfect for summer!

  40. If that’s what we should eat to be a dieter, where do I sign up?

  41. What a beautiful dish with fresh veggies on top… I’m sold on this one. πŸ™‚

  42. Looks delicious Liz! Your Wisconsin family vacation sounds divine!

  43. I love those kind of “strenuous activities”! πŸ™‚ Sounds like a perfectly relaxing time.

  44. I envy your holiday. My kid’s swim season just ended so I am hoping to exhale for the month of August before we start to school year. It is really amazing how if you put the right combination of simple ingredients together you get something special… the French really get this.

  45. I think it’s similiar to greek salad…
    btw, whatwver it is, tomato, cucumber and cheese wont ever failed!

  46. Lovely presentation – and a day where the hardest work is walking out to the balcony with a Kindle sounds pretty good to me πŸ™‚

  47. I will have to try this for lunch! Would be so refreshing on these hot summer days. Gorgeous photographs as always!

  48. What a beautiful tartine!
    Your holiday sounds awesome! And a mixing bowl lunch! Perfect πŸ™‚

  49. This was a welcome summer lunch for my husband and I too. I loved the exercise reference, I have had a few of those days myself. Will definitely make this one again.

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