8 Ways with Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh, locally-grown tomatoes boast the best flavor. Here's how to make the most of the season.
This twist on the traditional BLT sandwich has all the best parts of the sandwich, served with a bit of flair. Ripe tomatoes drizzled with a basic homemade vinaigrette that uses Dijon mustard for unexpected bite steal the show. Because the tomatoes play such a major role, be sure to pick only the best—your taste buds will thank you! French baguette slices smothered in goat cheese round out this delicious dish.
Pro tip: Tomato “shoulders” are tender, so to avoid bruising, store tomatoes stem side up.
- Recipe: Deconstructed BLT
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.
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.
- Recipe: Tomato-Zucchini Tart
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.
- Recipe: Tomato-and-Shrimp Salad
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.
- Recipe: Sunshine Salsa
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.
- Recipe: Roasted Tomato-and-Corn Soup
Store-bought pastry sheets make this dish fast and easy. Top with Roma tomatoes, feta, and fresh herbs for a flavorful appetizer.
- Recipe: Tomato-Feta Bites
Pour this simple sauce over any pasta for a quick anytime meal. Top with cheese, pine nuts, and black pepper, if desired.
- Recipe: Easy Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce
These savory tarts are as beautiful as they are tasty.
- Recipe: Tomato-and-Goat Cheese Tartlets