18 Garden-Fresh Tomato Recipes That Showcase This Garden Staple

You say tomato, we say...let's cook with it!

Tomato Pizza Rolls
Photo: Sara Remington

We have almost two dozen answers for all those wondering what to do with fresh tomatoes. The fresh tomato recipe ideas ahead, from tomato soup and sandwiches to tomato salads and drinks, combine classics with innovative ways to use the plump garden staple.

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Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad
Paul Costello

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.

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Tomato Pizza Rolls

Tomato Pizza Rolls
Sara Remington

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.

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Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup
Jason Donnelly

You're just 30 minutes away from pairing this tomato recipe with your go-to grilled cheese sandwich. Garden-fresh tomatoes star in this creamy tomato soup. A drizzle of honey and fresh basil add layers of light sweetness to the timeless comfort food.

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Summer Tomato Salad

Summer Tomato Salad
Con Poulos

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 and serve it in a patio-friendly bowl (like you'll find in this Better Homes & Gardens 12-Piece Eco-Friendly Bamboo Melamine Dinnerware Set, $26, Walmart). Summer side dishes don't get much fresher than this.

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Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce

Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce
Andy Lyons

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

Tiny Tomato Pie
Andy Lyons

As shepherd's pies and pot pies prove, pies aren't always sweet. When you're wondering what to do with fresh tomatoes, you can't go wrong with this savory pie that calls for piling tiny tomatoes onto a feta and Parmesan crust. As they bake, the tomatoes melt into the tender, flaky crust.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Tuna and Cannellini

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.

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Two Tomato Bruschetta

Two Tomato Bruschetta
Karla Conrad

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. Plate them on a tray (like this Better Homes & Garden Galvanized Rectangle Bed Tray, $17, Walmart) so you can easily transport them to your outdoor dining table.

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Spicy Tomato Gin and Tonic

Spicy Tomato Gin Tonic
Andy Lyons

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.

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Tomato-Edamame Grilled Cheese

Tomato-Edamame Grilled Cheese
Andy Lyons

This fresh tomato recipe is not the standard grilled cheese you remember from childhood. Ripe tomatoes and a garlicky soybean spread take the comfort food sandwich to new flavor heights. The leftover spread is a delicious dip or dressing for fresh veggies.

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Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Smoked Tomatoes

Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Smoked Tomatoes
Andy Lyons

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.

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Zoodle Bowls with Tomato Sauce and Sausage

Zoodle Bowls with Tomato Sauce and Sausage
Blaine Moats

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.

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Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes

Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes
Blaine Moats

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.

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Shrimp and Tomato Piccata

Shrimp and Tomato Piccata
Scott Little

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.

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Pork and Potatoes with Tomato Relish

Pork and Potatoes with Tomato Relish
Andy Lyons

Thinly sliced tomatoes, onion, and vinaigrette combine in a light and juicy topper for this classic meat-and-potatoes dinner that can be on your table 20 minutes from now. The simple relish brightens the flavor of pork, but it could work with almost any meat (any cut of steak tastes great, too!).

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Chicken, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Chicken, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
Andy Lyons

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.

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Mama's Spicy Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Mama's Spicy Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Andy Lyons

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!

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Pan-Fried Chicken with Tomato Jam

Pan-Fried Chicken with Tomato Jam
Andy Lyons

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.

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