Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

We were served this at our host’s dacha (country home) in Russia – Nina grew her own tomatoes, garlic and dill there. It is very simple, but you Must have tasty tomatoes! It looks awesome on a platter, and I have brought this to gatherings and received numerous complements. No measurements are given because you can make a little or a lot – and only 3 or 4 ingredients.


  1. Slice the tomatoes into thick (approx. 3/8”) slices, and place on a platter. They mostly should not overlap. Save the ends for nibbling.
  2. If using garlic, discard the center green shoot, and finely chop the garlic. Rub it over the tops of the tomato slices. I personally like the garlic, but I go easy – even a little can be strong/spicy.
  3. Put some mayo in the corner of a quart Freezer bag (not a snack, sandwich or storage bag – you need a strong bag.) Snip a small corner off the bag. (Fun Idea - could use a frosting tip for fun effects.).
  4. This is the fun part :-) Squeeze the mayo attractively onto the tomatoes. I use ribbons, stripes, swirls, etc. Nina used Lots of mayo, but you can use as much or little as you like.
  5. Sprinkle liberally with chopped dill. I might also sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
Most Helpful

What an easy, lovely side dish! I was looking around for Russian recipes using what i had in the house in honor of the Olympic games in Sochi. I had a few very nice tomatoes that needed to get used so this was perfect! I used 1 garlic clove spread out over 3 small tomatoes, sliced. A sandwich baggie worked fine for me except I cut the hole too big & ended up with blobs of mayo. I then sprinkled on some dried dill. Everyone loved it. Thank you!

Elmotoo February 09, 2014

I liked GaylaJ's idea of mixing the mayo with the garlic. I've made this with the dill but also like with oregano or basil. This is a good appetizer or side to a simple grilled steak or chicken. I didn't pipe anything either as it seemed too much like work but a little dab in the middle of the tomato or in the middle of a plate of tomatoes looks attractive enough when sprinkled with herbs. It seems the simple things are always the best. Thanks for posting.

Ilysse June 27, 2008

I love this one too, I've been making it for years. I usually don't bother with piping and just spoon bits of mayo on first, then sprinkle with crushed garlic. Those who dislike dill can leave it out, it's still a pretty-looking dish and tastes surprisingly yummy for something so simple. Presentation can be jazzed up with sprigs of curly-leaf parsley.

tanya_g December 26, 2006