75 of Our 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 75 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.
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.
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.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes
We couldn't leave out this gem. If you've never tried your hand at making classic fried green tomatoes, here's your perfect opportunity.
Pasta with Marinated Tomatoes
Toasted Couscous and Tomato Salad
Made with roasted cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and a honey vinaigrette, this recipe will be the unexpected side dish everyone requests again and again.
Old Fashioned Tomato Pie
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Tomato Pie
This plate of goodness is always a home run. Don't skip salting the tomatoes. This step rids them of excess juice, so you'll have a nice firm pie, not a soggy mess.
Smoky Grilled BLTs
Recipe: Smoky Grilled BLTs
If you’re not grilling your BLTs this summer, trust us and try it—your favorite sandwich will be taken to new heights.
Recipe: Best-Ever Succotash
There’s a reason we call this our best-ever: Find out for yourself.
Recipe: Tomato Galette
Don’t fuss with homemade pie crust and latticework—this simple galette is just as pretty but way easier.
Three-Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Tangy Creole Dressing
This gorgeous summer salad is the most delicious example of “eating the rainbow.”
Best-Ever Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw
These crab cakes truly live up to their name, and the fresh tomato slaw is a perfect pairing.
Roasted Tomato, Salami, and Mozzarella Pasta
This this pasta salad gives you all the flavor of a baked pasta with so much less work.
Baked Linguine With Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce
When you’re in a weeknight pinch, fresh refrigerated linguine has a shorter cook time than dry pasta.
Recipe: Strawberry-Tomato Salad
You need just five fresh ingredients to toss this salad together for guests.
Pickled Cherry Tomatoes
Recipe: Pickled Cherry Tomatoes
Put up summer’s best with this flavorful pickle recipe that will complement any appetizer board.
Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone
Once you try these blistered grape tomatoes, you’ll want to top every salad and fill every sandwich with them.
Heirloom Tomato Pie
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Pie
This classic tomato pie is nestled in a homemade Parmesan-Buttermilk Crust, and all we can say about that is, “We’ll take a second slice, please!”
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs
This pretty and fresh tomato salad will taste great along grilled chicken, burgers, fish, or any of your favorite cookout main dishes.
Green Tomato Skillet Pie
Recipe: Green Tomato Skillet Pie
This cast-iron skillet dessert showcases the sweet possibilities of your summer tomatoes.
Recipe: Classic Succotash
If you’re not adding bacon to your succotash, you absolutely should be.
The SL BLT
Recipe: The SL BLT
Southerners know a classic BLT should be on white bread and white bread only.
Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
Showcase summer’s freshest tomatoes with an appetizer that looks as pretty as it tastes.
Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
This light and bright salad is oh-so-refreshing on a hot summer day.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Dress up your rotisserie chicken from the grocery store with this fresh salad that’s perfect for picnic weather.
Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Easy to make and serve, these kabobs are ideal for easy summer entertaining.
Grilled Steak Salad with Green Tomato Vinaigrette
This tomato vinaigrette will be your go-to summer salad dressing.
Bacon-Spinach-and-Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes
Stuffed veggies are an easy and fun way to get a healthy dinner on the table.