20 Ways to Make the Most of Tomatoes

Jul 22 2014 - 11:53am

There's nothing like a beautifully ripe tomato. Be it an heirloom, roma, cherry, or any other varietal, these luscious fruits are one of the most coveted ingredients of the Summer. They're at their peak now, so pick up some tomatoes from the market and get cooking! Here are 20 tomato recipes to inspire you.

— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

Caprese Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a widely adored staple, but sometimes it's nice to mix it up! This caprese version [1] includes all the classic flavors of the salad (tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil) but folded in mac and cheese.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Classic Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa in Minutes

Ditch the jar and whip up a batch of restaurant-style roasted salsa [2] at home. For bonus points, pair it with crisp tortilla chips [3], fried or baked — it's up to you!

Roasted Tomatoes and Herbs

As beautiful as it is delicious, this dish requires only three simple steps. Herbs and tomatoes [4] are a well-loved culinary pairing, so why mess with a good thing?

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Bacon and Tomato Pasta

A riff on pasta all'amatriciana, this fast and easy pasta dish [5] is ripe with flavor thanks to a generous helping of tomatoes, diced red onion, bacon, and red chili flakes.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Tangy tomatoes meet sweet Summer melon [6] in this colorful salad, proving a delicious match for both your sweet tooth and savory cravings.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Greek Salad

You can't enjoy a proper Greek salad [7] without fresh tomatoes! Add crumbly feta cheese, cool cucumbers, and savory onions to create a perfect Isles-inspired dish.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Full of tomato flavor thanks to slivers of sun-dried tomatoes, a dressing made from the candy-sweet dried fruit, and halved cherry tomatoes, this pasta salad [8] is destined to become a potluck and backyard BBQ staple.

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Baked Eggs With Tomato, Cheese, and Fire-Roasted Eggplant

Tomatoes, cheese, roasted eggplant, and eggs might sound like an odd pairing, but the flavors meld together seamlessly for a vibrant brunch-friendly egg dish [9].

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Tomato Mayonnaise Sandwich

One of the simplest ways to enjoy a perfectly ripe tomato and also one of the best, this open-faced tomato sandwich [10] requires naught but the best tomatoes you can get your hands on, a hefty pinch of salt, and toast lightly slicked with mayonnaise.

Photo: Susannah Chen

3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Once you try Marcella Hazan's iconic three-ingredient tomato sauce [11], you're bound to fall in love. Full of rich, buttery flavor, it's all spaghetti needs to be taken from workaday to weeknight masterpiece (though a few leaves of basil can't hurt!).

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Caprese Quinoa Bake

Perfect as a main dish or a side, this scrumptious bake [12] is filled with fluffy grains and succulent tomatoes, then topped with basil and mozzarella.

Source: Serena Wolf [13]

Spicy Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

Rather than serve tomato soup with a grilled cheese, upgrade the classic pairing [14] by employing crusty cubes of grilled cheese croutons as a garnish. In the off-season, the soup base is best made from canned tomatoes, but while tomatoes are at their peak, sub in four pounds of peeled [15] farmers-market-fresh fruit.

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Pico de Gallo

Top off everything from grilled fish to crispy tortilla chips with homemade pico de gallo [16].

Pesto Pasta Salad

This stunning dish [17] includes both fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, laying the groundwork to win the heart (and stomach) of any tomato-lover. Plus, it's durable enough to pack in the fridge for lunches throughout the week!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Caprese Salad

So-called the ultimate caprese salad [18], thanks to a few simple tips and tricks, this classic is a must-make Summer staple.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Balsamic Olive and Tomato Salad

This tomato salad recipe [19] is incredibly easy to prepare yet so delicious! Tangy and succulent, the tomatoes pair perfectly with green olives in this simple dish.

Source: Valerie Rice [20]

No-Cook Tomato Sauce

When temperatures spike, don't break a sweat hovering over a pot of simmering tomato sauce; instead, try this no-cook version [21].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Southeast Asian Tomato-Cucumber Salad

A game changer of sorts, this briny-spicy-sweet heirloom tomato and cucumber salad [22] is not only easy to prepare but also bursting with robust flavor.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Braised Chicken and Tomatoes

For an elegant weeknight meal, toss tomatoes, chicken, and white wine into your slow cooker. Hours later, you'll end up with an amazingly succulent chicken and tomato dinner [23].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Tomato and Peach Salad

Play up tomatoes' sweetness by pairing them with juicy peaches [24] and other fruits for a sweet summer dish.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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