19 Fresh Tomato Recipes That Showcase the Versatility of the Summer Star
Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad
Why toss together several picnic salads when you can combine everyone’s favorites in one rainbow-hued feast? This heirloom tomato recipe is like a Caprese salad, pasta salad, and bean salad all in one. Fresh mint and parsley perk up the already-vibrant blend of heirloom tomatoes, blanched green beans, tender couscous, and crunchy jicama. Try it as a side or top with grilled shrimp, chicken, or salmon to make this the meal.
Tomato Pizza Rolls
Say, “see ya!” to that standard slice. (Just for today!) This fresh tomato recipe idea combines everything you love about fresh-baked bread and pizza in one handheld package. Cherry tomatoes burst with sweet-tangy brightness once roasted atop the puffy bread rolls.
Fresh Tomato Soup
Summer Tomato Salad
Come peak season, heirloom tomato recipes like this will inspire you to let the tomatoes step into the spotlight. Zero cooking is required. Just make the quick-pickled red onions, slice the tomatoes, and toss it all together with a homemade white balsamic dressing. Summer side dishes don’t get much fresher than this.
Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce
Seafood fans will definitely want to give this cherry tomato recipe a twirl. Sauté sweet cherry tomatoes in garlic to create a summery sauce that's ideal for tossing with shrimp and pasta. Crushed red pepper adds a pleasant hint of spice.
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Tiny Tomato Pie
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Tuna and Cannellini
This well-balanced heirloom tomato recipe packs a lot of complexity and protein into 351 calories. An example of the Mediterranean diet at its best, this dinner focuses on vegetables and tomatoes with the protein source in a secondary role. The key is simple prep that makes the most of high-quality, fresh ingredients.
Grilled Cherry Tomato Burgers
Turkey burgers sometimes get a bad rap for being dry or bland, but a healthy dose of Dijon-style mustard makes them both flavorful and moist. Grilled cherry tomatoes lend a juicy burst of sweetness. Serve the cherry tomato recipe idea as an open-face sandwich with a big salad for a light but filling meal.
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Two Tomato Bruschetta
Invite this roma tomato recipe to the party! Your next cocktail party or picnic, that is, and each batch can be ready in just 15 minutes. Small roma tomatoes are the perfect size for crunchy toasts, and their tangy flavor complements salty feta and sun-dried tomatoes for an irresistible appetizer.
Spicy Tomato Gin and Tonic
Sip on a gin and tonic with a kick! If you like savory drinks like vegetable juice or Bloody Mary cocktails, then this is the cherry tomato recipe to try next happy hour. The spicy drink, spiked with hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, will entertain with its unique flavor and colorful look.
Tomato-Edamame Grilled Cheese
Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Smoked Tomatoes
This charred-just-enough heirloom tomato recipe is layered with such rich, smoky flavors, they really stand up to the savory grilled steaks. Try this with vine-ripened tomatoes when they are inexpensive and plentiful. At season's end, try smoking your green tomatoes, too.
Zoodle Bowls with Tomato Sauce and Sausage
When fresh tomatoes are in season, ditch the jarred marinara. This fresh tomato recipe puts a huge harvest (4 pounds!) to tasty work in a freezer-friendly, sweet pepper-infused sauce. While you can use it over regular pasta, we prefer this Paleo version made with zoodles for its double dose of summer produce picks. Savory chicken sausage slices round out the restaurant-quality “pasta” dinner.
Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes
Three appetizer hits join forces in this cherry tomato recipe: pesto, avocado, and tomatoes. But this one-bite treat requires no toast, cook time, or cilantro (welcome news for the cilantro-averse!). For this easy 18-calorie snack, basil pesto blends with avocado and cream cheese for the smooth, luscious filling for the cherry tomatoes.
Shrimp and Tomato Piccata
Our goal when we created this fresh tomato recipe idea? Whip up a simple blend of pure flavors in a light seafood piccata that can be savored over cooked pasta or zucchini noodles. Luscious tomatoes, earthy string beans, and savory tender shrimp shine under the subtle lemon and caper sauce.
Pork and Potatoes with Tomato Relish
Chicken, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
Gluten-free, low in carbs, yet full of flavor, this fresh tomato recipe is one of the most popular on our site. The 25-minute Mediterranean-style salad will change the way you think about quick chicken dinners. (In other words, this is far from the plain ol’ chicken breasts!) Fresh tomatoes and cucumbers sing under simple seasonings like thyme and black pepper, and a bit of salty, creamy feta help this healthy entrée feel like a treat.
Mama's Spicy Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Bring home the flavors of Italy! You’ll feel like you've been transported to a nonna’s (aka Italian grandma) dinner table in Rome once you taste this traditional tomato sauce recipe: sautéed garlic, fresh roma tomatoes, and a splash of red wine. The roma tomato recipe pairs beautifully with our spicy meatball recipe. Buon appetito!
Pan-Fried Chicken with Tomato Jam
Fried chicken gets a less-messy, lower-calorie makeover in this roma tomato recipe. The flavorful stove-top chicken topped with a plum-tomato jam makes an ideal weeknight supper for those who crave fast food and those who are trying to eat a healthful diet. Wilted spinach and creamy polenta round out the meal.