Juicy tomato recipes for every taste
Our favorite tomatoes
The profusion of heirloom tomato varieties in fine produce departments and farmers’ markets amazes us every summer. Although we’ve always loved their different colors, tastes, and textures, some we’ve tried have lacked depth of flavor. Then we learned about dry-farming. Dry-farmed tomato plants ― whether heirloom or not ― are watered minimally. Some farmers transplant seedlings with no water at all; others water until plants set flowers or fruit. Growers who use this technique (and who sell mainly at farmers’ markets) believe it forces the plants to develop deeper roots, making them healthier and requiring less water for irrigation. Plus, growers attentive and conscientious enough to dry-farm often follow other sustainable farming practices. And let’s not forget the most important result: dry-farming concentrates the flavor of the fruit, making for lush tomatoes that taste of the sun.
TIP: Need tomato pulp for a quick sauce or soup?
Slice a ripe tomato in half and grate it against the large holes of a box grater. The skin gets left behind, and all the flavorful, juicy flesh ends up in your pot.
Sandwiches, breads, and bruschetta
BBT (Basil, Bacon, and Tomato) Sandwich
Ham and Manchego Sandwiches with Tomato Jam
Salads and dressings
Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad
Tarragon Crab Salad in Tomato Cups
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Panela Cheese
Tomato, Fresh Cheese, and Watercress Salad
Tomato Salad with Chile and Lime
Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Pastas, pizzas, tarts, and more
Grilled Salmon in Tomato Water
Parmesan Polenta Pizzas with Slow-roasted Pesto Tomatoes
Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes, and Feta
Tomato and Sweet Onion Crumble
Tomatoes in Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp
Salsas, sauces, relishes, and more
Tomato-Chipotle Chili Marmalade