Celebrate fresh tomato season with salads, salsas, sandwiches, pastas, and more
When summer tomatoes are arriving by the truckload, this is fun twist on the classic Caprese.
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle
Raw tomatoes get juicy as they stand, helping to create a delicious, no-cook sauce.
Recipe: Seashells with Basil, Tomatoes, and Garlic
Using a few colors and different sizes of tomatoes will make this recipe especially beautiful.
Recipe: Tomato and Melon Salad with Scallops and Pink Peppercorns
In a skillet cooked atop the grill, the tomatoes caramelize while keeping a soft shape. This makes for an easy and impressive
summer party appetizer.
Recipe: Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta
Why not try scattering your Caprese salad over grilled chicken? It's a great way to utilize summer produce, not to mention
Recipe: Garlic-Basil Grilled Chicken with Caprese Salsa
This simple pizza was inspired by a trip to Italy—and by a bumper tomato crop. Feel free to use your favorite homemade pizza
dough recipe or store-bought dough, as we have here.
Recipe: Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza
Makes this soup when your summer garden (or, if you don't have an edible garden, tomato season) is at its peak. Chilling melds
Recipe: Easiest Garden Gazpacho
Juicy tomatoes and mangoes make a brilliant pairing in this perfect chip topper.
Recipe: Mango and Tomato Salsa
This colorful salad is the perfect opener to a healthy meal.
Recipe: Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Salad
Transform the BLT from a sandwich to a delightful, summery salad.
Recipe: Rosemary Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salad
This aromatic soup is traditionally served hot, but we've chilled our version. For a complete meal, pair it with cold rotisserie
chicken drizzled with oil and seasoned with salt and ground coriander, and add a few pieces of toasted naan for dipping.
Recipe: Spicy Indian Tomato Shorba
Brie cheese acts as a creamy sauce when melted by the warm pasta. Summer is the time for the most flavorful results, when
tomatoes and basil are at the height of their season.
Recipe: Tomato Orecchiette with Brie and Basil
Take all the best flavors of summer and serve them on grilled bread for a fresh and summery open-faced sandwich. Eat a few
as a whole meal or make a few smaller ones and serve them as appetizers while the grill heats up for bigger items.
Recipe: Open-face Caprese Sandwiches
Here's a fun twist on the classic BLT: Instead of lettuce, sub in 4 to 6 basil leaves. We recommend Sunset's Red Horizon tomato
for this recipe, its meaty, heart-shaped fruit is perfect for sandwiches.
Recipe: BBT (Bacon Basil Tomato) Sandwich
Fresh, juicy, and colorful layered tomatoes, drizzled with sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar make for a refreshing salad on
a hot summer day.
Recipe: Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad
With bright yellow-green clusters that look like bunches of large Muscat grapes, Green Grape tomatoes have a sweet flavor
and bright acidity that call for creamy cheeses and rich fillings. A chef’s favorite.
Recipe: Green Grape Tomato Appetizer
The Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato (a 1-pound beefsteak) has lots of juice and few seeds, which makes it perfect for squeezing.
Bright and tart, it's a summer brunch delight.
Recipe: Fresh Bloody Mary
This is the salad to make with tomatoes from the farmers' market or your backyard, ideally when they're still warm from the
sun. The surprise is the easy homemade cheese.
Recipe: Tomato and Herb Salad with Fresh Chive Cheese
You can create 9 great dishes using 3 favorite salsa recipes: roasted red, yellow, and classic green.
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For this extra-easy recipe, adapted from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, you just squish raw skinned tomatoes into jars. This cold-pack technique may cause the fruit and liquid to separate a bit
during processing, but the results still taste delicious.
It's essential for food safety when working with tomatoes that you acidify them with bottled (not fresh) lemon juice or citric acid, which has a standardized acidity, and that you do not increase the amount of herbs or add any other ingredients.
Recipe: Canned Heirloom Tomatoes
Broil these tomato-basil-cheese sandwiches in the oven for a hot meal in minutes.
Recipe: Caprese Melts
This tomato soup is almost as fun to look at as it is to eat. Avocados provide the bright green layer.
Recipe: Tiered Tomato Soup
It’s nice to use a mix of colors of tomatoes, but make sure they all taste wonderful—flavor is most important.
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Haricot Vert Salad
This salad pleasantly reminds us of fresh salsa, and wouldn't be out of place on a Mexican-themed buffet or on the table with
beef fajitas or pork or shrimp tacos.
Recipe: Tomato Salad with Chile and Lime
Serve the salmon in tomato water, topped with creamy mayonnaise blended with fresh basil and lemon juice; offer crusty bread
Recipe: Grilled Salmon in Tomato Water
In the height of summer, you won't find a better side dish for ribs than this deceptively simple combination of peak-season
produce. Try bringing it to a party too.
Recipe: Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad
Ripe, juicy tomatoes, along with parsley, sage, thyme, and garlic, give this artisanal-style bread fresh garden flavor.
Biga, is a yeast-based starter, gives the loaf characteristics of bread made with a sourdough starter.
Recipe: Garden Tomato Bread
Sip this festive, zesty soup from small cups or glasses.
Pimentón de La Vera is a Spanish paprika that adds a smoky, sweet intensity, but Hungarian or regular paprika work too.
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Soup
Tamarind, cilantro, mint, and cucumber flavor this bowl.
Nigella seeds (also called kalonji) add an oniony flavor. Look for them and for tamarind concentrate at Indian markets and some specialty food stores.
Recipe: Indian-Spiced Tomato Soup
What could be better on a summer night than a simple pasta studded with juicy, fresh garden tomatoes, freshly torn basil,
and crumbled feta cheese?
Recipe: Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes, and Feta
Whip up a classic sauce of ripe tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil and salt.
Make a double (or triple) batch for many easy dinners; this recipe freezes beautifully for up to 6 months.
Recipe: Fresh Tomato Sauce
For this cool main-dish salad, stir orzo with a ricotta-lemon dressing, cooked chicken, and crisp raw corn.
Recipe: Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad
Linda Wisner of Portland, Oregon uses a mix of heirloom tomato varieties from her garden for this favorite appetizer.
Recipe: Rainbow Tomato Bruschetta
A cheese dough becomes a savory crust for caramelized fennel and tangy tomatoes.
Recipe: Fennel-Tomato Tart
Serve this easy-to-make, inventive salad with sourdough bread.
Recipe: Tarragon Crab Salad in Tomato Cups
Leftover bread, tomatoes from the garden, and Walla Walla sweet onions inspired Megan Wentworth to create this easy, savory
Recipe: Tomato and Sweet Onion Crumble
This salad is also beautiful with multicolored cherry tomatoes. Any fresh chèvre (goat cheese) works well in this salad.
Recipe: Tomato, Fresh Cheese, and Watercress Salad
This simple salad gets a little extra zing from white or red onions and lemon juice.
Recipe: Tomato and Onion Salad
These sandwiches are perfect for a summer picnic. Make and wrap sandwiches just before packing your basket.
Recipe: Ham and Manchego Sandwiches with Tomato Jam
Marsha Stout put together the ingredients for this salad one hot summer day when she wanted something quick and cool.
Recipe: Gazpacho Salad
The tomatoes are warmed, not fully cooked, in the sauce, leaving their softly solid texture intact. Serve them alongside broiled,
grilled, or steamed fish and be sure to have plenty of rice to soak up the sauce.
Recipe: Tomatoes in Spicy Yogurt Sauce
This salad is summer in a bowl. You can cut up the vegetables a little ahead of time, but dress them fairly close to serving
or they'll get soupy.
Recipe: Tomato, Cucumber, and Basil Salad
You can make this tart with any ripe tomatoes, but a mix of big multicolor heirlooms and smaller varieties looks stunning.
To create a crisp, flat surface, partially bake the puff pastry with a cooling rack on top before adding the other ingredients.
Recipe: Tomato, Prosciutto, and Ricotta Tart
The secret to this dish’s success is to use firm tomatoes, such as those sold on the vine. Roast them on a rack near the top
of the oven.
Recipe: Risotto-Stuffed Tomatoes
Inspired by the flavors of both a Bloody Mary and Italian salsa verde, this easy, bright sauce works with almost any fish.
Recipe: Grilled Halibut with Tomato, Green Olive, and Celery Sauce
Refreshing and sweet with a hint of earthiness, this sorbet shows off tomatoes’ fruity side.
Recipe: Yellow Tomato Lime Sorbet