22 Fresh Tomato Recipes for Peak Tomato Season
When summer gardens finally give up their fresh, ripe, glorious tomatoes, it's a total tomatopalooza. We cannot get enough. For breakfast, we'll devour them drizzled with a little olive oil alongside scrambled eggs. Lunch means magnificent BLTs, of course. At snack time, you can't beat a perfectly ripe tomato simply sliced into wedges and sprinkled with a little sea salt. And when dinner rolls around, we consult this list of best fresh tomato recipes. Here are some of our must-have recipes when tomatoes are at their peak.
Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad
"Heirloom tomatoes, ripe peaches, and fresh mozzarella are layered and topped with a simple balsamic vinaigrette," says Julie Hubert.
Watermelon and Tomato Feta Salad
This recipe calls for the best of summer produce - sweet watermelon and ripe tomatoes. The result? "A light and tangy combination of sweet, sour, and salty flavors," says kimbaleelou.
Chef John's Gazpacho
This refreshing Spanish soup is the taste of high summer. The key to this gazpacho is to use "killer, end-of-summer, super-sweet tomatoes," says Chef John. "There just isn't any substitute, so happy hunting." Serve cold in chilled bowls.
Fresh tomatoes combine with chicken thighs seasoned with turmeric, minced garlic, chili powder, and ginger. AuntE gives it 5 stars: "Enjoyed this easy recipe," she says. "Will be great for end of summer tomato blowout."
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Rosemary
"I loved this recipe," says Plates4u. "The sweetness of the ripe heirloom tomatoes was so nicely mixed with the rosemary. It was so fast and so good." Aimeej adds, "This is great as a cold salad, or for a different twist, grill straight on the BBQ for a warm but fresh side dish."
Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak
Diced fresh tomatoes mix it up with cubed mozzarella, fresh basil, butter lettuce, and marinated grilled steak. Finish it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. "This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad," says cookinmama.s
"Tastes like a BLT sandwich, only better," raves Donnak. It combines sliced fresh tomatoes, bacon, fresh basil, and Cheddar cheese baked in a deep-dish pie crust. "You will not regret this one. Use any favorite cheese for this recipe."
Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad
Sliced cucumbers, onions, and tomato wedges are marinated in a simple homemade salad dressing. "This was superb," says Angel. "The sugar really helps to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and vinegar. Favorite salad ever!"
The Best Fresh Tomato Salsa
This fresh, delicious salsa combines chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, and cilantro with a little lime juice and ground cumin. "Perfection," raves TENNESSEE. "Simply put, I love salsa, and this is the best I've ever eaten. I made it with fresh tomatoes and peppers from our garden. A marvelous recipe for solving the puzzle of what to do with our excess tomatoes."
Baked Tomato Slices
Slices of tomato are seasoned with rosemary and garlic, brushed with olive oil, and baked. These delicious tomatoes make tasty pizza toppers or additions to pasta! "Awesome," says MsDeb. "Yellow and red heirlooms fresh out of the garden plus homegrown garlic put this dish over the top."
Stacked Tomato and Burrata Salad
This stacked salad features buttery burrata cheese spread between layers of heirloom tomato slices and beautiful fresh basil leaves with a healthy drizzle of good quality olive oil. That's all there is to it! "Burrata is our newest addiction," says AdvenChef. "It's decadent and delicious. This is a beautiful presentation."
Tomato Bacon Squares
This quick-fix treat is like a BLT on storebought pizza crust. "Swiss cheese perfectly compliments the bacon, tomatoes, and bell peppers," says April Phillips.
Garden Fresh Tomato Soup
This simple soup is the one to make when tomatoes are super-ripe in summer gardens and farmers markets. "A quick and easy recipe for real homemade tomato soup like no other you've had before," says Charlotte.
Vera Cruz Tomatoes
Ripe fresh tomatoes are stuffed with a creamy bacon, spinach, and cheese filling. "This is a recipe that can be used as an appetizer or main meal," says ChefsyndiG. "And you can use any size tomatoes you want. Just make sure they are firm. If you use roma tomatoes you can get more servings with the stuffings."
Jersey Fresh Tomato Soup
They know fresh tomatoes in the Garden State. Garden-fresh tomatoes simmer with carrots and onions in chicken broth. "This soup is wonderful," says Deb C. "The garden freshness of the tomatoes shines through perfectly, the seasoning well balanced."
Tomato and Bacon Jam
This sweet and savory tomato and bacon spread is delicious on so many things. Try it on a grilled cheese sandwich or burgers, with scrambled eggs or pork chops. "Oh WOW this is fantastic!" raves Christina. "I halved the recipe using some beautiful ripe tomatoes from my dad's garden. I'm now wishing that I made the whole recipe b/c I can't stop eating it."
Amish Tomato Pie
It's summer's perfect savory pie! Sliced fresh tomatoes combine with a rich filling of Fontina and Cheddar cheeses, bacon, leeks, mayonnaise, and a little Dijon. "A summertime savory pie. There is a lot of preparation for this pie, but it is well worth every minute," says Buckwheat Queen. "I love this pie on on summer mountain evenings. Enjoy with cool ice tea."
Byrdhouse Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
Cook fresh cherry tomatoes in sizzling butter with basil and a little sugar until they just start to blister. "Great Recipe!" says abapplez. "A burst of flavor and color on the table. We loved these."
Homemade Tomato Sauce
Fresh tomatoes slowly cook with onion, green pepper, garlic, and red wine in this rich, flavorful sauce. "This recipe is fantastic and worth the extra work," says gz1gz2. "After the initial cooking of the sauce we added a bit of cooked chicken and Italian sausage and served with bowtie pasta. Just wow is all we can say!"
Tomato, Basil, and Corn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing
"Five ingredients and five minutes is all you need to make this easy and nutritious summer salad!" says Pina. "If you have extra time, you can use 4 ears of fresh corn, cooked and shucked, instead of the frozen corn. You can vary the amount of basil, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar to your taste."
Tomato Basil Salmon
Sprinkle salmon fillets with dried basil, top with tomato slices, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese. "Simple and delicious...can't get any better than that!" says cookiemonster. "I chopped up some fresh basil from the garden for it. Served with a salad, this salmon made a light refreshing meal." CHEDDAR97005 recommends serving it "with a side of sautéed spinach and a glass of pinot noir."