42 Tastiest Summer Tomato Recipes Ever—Enough Said
No length of Shakespeare-worthy sonnet could ever adequately express our love for tomato season. No long-winded speech on a medieval balcony—sorry, Romeo—could rival a homemade tomato pie, and not even Johnny and June could measure up to the matrimony of thick tomato slices and a piece of mayo-topped white bread. It might be a Southern thing, but tomato season just gets us. The second summer hits, it’s time to grab all the ‘maters we can get our hands on in order to make old-fashioned tomato gravy, crispy fried green tomatoes, heirloom tomato salad, pasta speckled with burst cherry tomatoes, and the like. So don’t let the hot months languidly pass by without making your own fair share of these 42 tasty summer tomato recipes.
Fresh Tomato Gravy
Recipe: Fresh Tomato Gravy
If you haven't made this old-school classic, now's the time to try it out. It definitely belongs over a hot biscuit or pork chop.
Marinated Tomato-and-Herb Salad
Recipe: Marinated Tomato-and-Herb Salad
The best thing about really good in-season tomatoes? They barely need anything to really sing, like this fresh herb-studded salad.
Fried Green Tomato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Only Southerners know the secret ways of the fried green tomato, particularly the signature crispy golden exterior. This salad is hearty enough to serve for dinner.
Pickled Green Tomatoes
Recipe: Pickled Green Tomatoes
Enjoy your tomato haul way beyond summertime by making pickled tomatoes and serving them with any meal.
Recipe: Smoked-Tomato Salsa
You'll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff after trying this smoky salsa with a kick. Tortilla chips are all you need for a killer snack.
Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
This is easily the tastiest use of an overabundance of cherry tomatoes. Restaurant-worthy bruschetta, coming right up.
Grilled Corn-and-Salmon Salad with Tomatoes
As far as we're concerned, fresh corn and tomatoes are a match made in heaven. Salmon makes it a hearty supper.
Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad
This delicious take on panzanella is packed with grilled zucchini, cherry tomatoes, basil, and sourdough bread.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Creamy Cheese Grits
Roasted tomatoes taste good on a whole host of easy dishes, from pork chops to salads. But our current favorite way to serve them is over a creamy bowl of cheese grits.
Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Tomato Soup
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Tomato Soup
This soup is practically begging to be paired with a melty grilled cheese sandwich, and we're ready to oblige.
Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches
Recipe: Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches
Enhance fresh heirloom tomatoes by layering with an herby cream cheese-cucumber mixture on top of thick slices of toasted bread.
Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie
Recipe: Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie
Everyone needs to make this old-fashioned savory pie, stat. You won't find a more mouthwatering tomato recipe ever.
Seared Scallops with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce and Orzo
This is a quick summer supper if we've ever seen one. Look for dry-packed scallops, which are packed without extra water or preservatives, to ensure they brown up nicely.
Kettle Chip-Crusted Fried Green Tomatoes with Tasso Tartar Sauce
These fried green tomatoes get extra crunch from kettle chips, and the Cajun-inspired tartar sauce is enough to make us drool.
Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
After making this easy pasta salad once, you'll never have a hard time thinking of a summer side dish.
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
Like a tomato pie, but way easier. This herby cobbler will be scraped clean in record time.
Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil
Crispy cooked country ham rounds out this pasta dish with a touch of saltiness and all the flavor.
Recipe: Tomato Carbonara
Talk about one pretty dish of pasta. This sauce is speckled with colorful burst tomatoes and flavored with bacon (or pancetta), garlic, and Parmesan cheese.
Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes
Recipe: Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes
Skip the bread and fill a hollowed-out tomato with chicken salad instead. This light supper hits the spot on any hot summer night.
Marinated Watermelon and Tomato Salad
Tomatoes and watermelon are the stars of this dish, but a mint-ginger dressing and goat cheese make worthy sidekicks.
Sheet Pan Pizza with Corn, Tomatoes, and Sausage
This family-friendly meal takes pizza night to delicious new heights. Sheet-pan suppers are as quick-fix as it gets.
Pasta with Beans, Blistered Tomatoes, and Breadcrumbs
This simple and satisfying side dish is perfect to serve with chicken or fish all summer long.
Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Brunch just got a whole lot more fun, starting with these miniature frittatas dotted with fresh tomatoes and plenty of herbs.
Field Pea-Tomato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Nothing says summer like field peas and slice 'maters. Say hello to your favorite simple side dish of the season.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
A tomato sandwich is as classic as it gets, and we took it to another level with bacon mayonnaise.
Spaghetti with Marinated Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Just a handful of ingredients will turn out the prettiest side pasta salad of the summer. Add crisped prosciutto or rotisserie chicken for a quick hearty protein.
Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole
Bet you didn't see this crowd-pleasing slow-cooker star coming. Bacon, eggs, and fresh tomatoes make the best brunch trio.
Okra and Chickpeas in Fresh Tomato Sauce
Tangy harissa (or Sriracha chili sauce) adds seriously delicious dimension to classic okra and tomatoes.
Herbed Tomato Tart
Recipe: Herbed Tomato Tart
This might be our favorite use of store-bought puff pastry dough ever—and it'll be yours, too.
Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
Recipe: Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
This salad is like summertime on a serving dish. The sweetness of peaches adds a serious amount of fresh flavor.
Over-the-Top Tomato Sandwich
Recipe: Over-the-Top Tomato Sandwich
Like a fancy version of a humble BLT, this sandwich is stacked high with thick slices of tomato, bacon, mayonnaise, and herbs.