8 Ways with Fresh Tomatoes

Fresh, locally-grown tomatoes boast the best flavor. Here's how to make the most of the season.

Deconstructed BLT

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Deconstructed BLT

Drizzled with homemade vinaigrette, ripe tomatoes steal the show in this twist on the traditional BLT sandwich. French baguette slices smothered in goat cheese rounds out this delicious dish.

Tip: Tomato “shoulders” are tender, so to avoid bruising, store tomatoes stem side up.

Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

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Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

Ready in five minutes, this simple side puts the season’s bounty on full display. Mix tomato varieties for flavor and color.

Tip: For best flavor, keep tomatoes at room temperature. If they’re becoming overripe, place them in the refrigerator up to two days and then let them come back to room temperature before serving.

Tomato- Zucchini Tart

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Tomato-Zucchini Tart

This dish is packed with nutrient-rich tomatoes and fresh basil for a punch of flavor.

Tip: Removing the seeds removes excess moisture, which can make sandwiches soggy, and creates dishes with a smoother texture. To quickly seed a tomato, slice in half (around the equator) and gently squeeze.

Tomato-and-Shrimp Salad

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Tomato-and-Shrimp Salad

When the day calls for a dish that’s light and simple, try this make-ahead meal that combines fresh foods from land and sea. A jalapeno pepper adds just the right amount of kick and pairs well with onions, shrimp, and of course, tomatoes.

Sunshine Salsa

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Sunshine Salsa

Fresh salsa trumps bottled salsa any day, and this 5-minute recipe gives you a great-tasting appetizer in a flash. Serve with our homemade tortilla chips or a store-bought favorite.

Roasted Tomato-and-Corn Soup

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Roasted Tomato-and-Corn Soup

Tender pieces of roasted corn and tomatoes blended with onion, cumin, and garlic create a savory soup that offers a colorful starter for a four-course meal or a light weeknight supper.

Tomato-Feta Bites

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Tomato-Feta Bites

Store-bought pastry sheets make this dish fast and easy. Top with Roma tomatoes, feta, and fresh herbs for a flavorful appetizer.

Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

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Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

Pour this simple sauce over any pasta for a quick anytime meal. Top with cheese, pine nuts, and black pepper, if desired.

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