39 Ways with Fresh Tomatoes
Incorporate ripe, juicy tomatoes into your everyday meals with these fresh ideas.
Add bacon or prosciutto just before baking for a more savory meal.
When preparing this, start with half the vinaigrette. Cooked pasta absorbs dressing as it sits, so add the rest just before serving for a last-minute burst of flavor.
No time for skewers? Gently toss the ingredients in a salad bowl, or dice the tomato, watermelon, and cheese into small cubes to serve as a fresh relish for grilled meats.
This is a fabulous new way to add even more tomato flavor to a great burger. Try the tangy, chunky mayo on fish sandwiches and crab cakes too.
Make this vibrant, peppery soup and easy crab salad up to a day ahead, and then stash them in the fridge to chill.
This clever take on beloved thumbprint cookies is sweet and savory. Refrigerated dough keeps for days, and the baked cookies freeze well.
Succotash is hearty enough to be not only a light entrée but also a blue-ribbon accompaniment to fish, fried chicken, or grilled pork chops.
Recipe: Classic Succotash
Make a meal of Texas Toast by topping it with heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and blue cheese vinaigrette.
- Recipe: Texas Toast Tomato Sandwiches
Reinvent the fruit cocktail with hot pepper jelly, watermelon, peaches, herbs, and tomatoes.
Fresh heirloom tomatoes brighten pasta salad tossed with cheese-filled tortellini, green onions, herbs, and a vinaigrette.
- Recipe: Tortellini-and-Tomato Salad
We don't suggest using deli ham due to the moisture content. Use a traditional 9-inch pie shell, not a deep-dish. There's no need to thaw the crust before assembling.
Recipe: Ham-and-Tomato Pie
- Recipe: Two Tomato Linguine
Be the hostess with the mostess by preparing one of these beautiful and delicious crostini recipes.
Our first crostini recipe is an easy and elegant appetizer for any occasion. Prepare tomato topping up to two days ahead; cover and store in the refrigerator. Toast bread slices one day ahead; store at room temperature in an airtight container.
- Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
- Recipe: Tomato-Egg Sandwiches
- Recipe: Tomato Tart
Recipe developer Linton Hopkins prefers to fry in peanut oil because of its higher smoke point.
- Recipe: Tomato-Feta Salad
These mini-sandwiches make fantastic finger foods for a luncheon, or simply assemble one anytime for a quick snack. Using basil rather than lettuce gives this traditional sandwich a fresh twist.
- Recipe: Tomato-Herb Pasta
- Recipe: Pico de Gallo
The mango, melon, and peaches, along with the cucumbers, give the gazpacho a sweet spin. Don’t seed the jalapeño if you like a soup with more zip. If time permits, prepare the day before to allow the flavors to develop fully.
- Recipe: Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
Whether eaten at a white tablecloth spot or over the kitchen sink, this is the sandwich we wait for all year.
Recipe: Over-the-Top Tomato Sandwich
This condiment travels well and is perfect for spooning over grilled fish, chicken, or steak, or tossing with pasta.
Recipe: Marinated Tomatoes
Use a mixture of baby tomatoes such as 'Sweet 100,' 'Yellow Pear,' or 'Sun Gold'—all are available at farmers' markets in summer months. This dish uses 3 pints of tomatoes, but feel free to halve the recipe.
Recipe: Pickled Tiny Tomatoes
Update the Italian tomato salad with a rich, tart dressing.
Recipe: Hot Bacon Caprese Salad
We raised the ante on classic tomato pie with a sour cream crust studded with bacon, layers of colorful tomatoes, and plenty of cheese and herbs to tie it all together. For best results, seed the tomatoes and drain the slices before baking.
- Recipe: Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie
Look for beautiful and tasty heirloom tomatoes in a rainbow of colors at your local farmers' market, and keep them at room temperature until you're ready to slice and serve.
Recipe: Tomato Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Cooked in an aromatic broth with ham hocks and beer (sub chicken broth, if desired), these Mexican-inspired peas are as delicious on their own as they are with fried tomatoes or grilled steak.
The beauty of this effortless recipe is that you don't even have to heat up your stove; simply slice and serve the pork cold or at room temperature.
Recipe: Pork, Mango, and Tomato Salad