34 Fresh Tomato Recipes to Make All Summer Long

There Are Endless Ways to Enjoy Them

Caprese Salad

Anita Schecter

For food-lovers, few things are more symbolic of summertime than seeing the plush piles of tomatoes at the market. When selecting yours, look for those that feel heavy in your palms and smell a bit sweet. These are the real gems, the ones ready for use in any one of the following recipes as soon as you arrive home.

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    Corn and Green Tomato Fritters

    Sweet Corn and Green Tomato Fritters

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Nothing says Southern hospitality quite like these delectable corn and green tomato fritters. They’re a palmful of sweet, crispy goodness—what’s not to love?

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    Borlotti Bean and Tomato Soup

    Vegetarian soup with white beans and mushrooms
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    Borlotti beans have a mild texture and flavor, so they play perfectly with the hint of acidity tomatoes provide in this bean and tomato soup. Just tear off a wedge of hearty bread and you have a complete and filling meal.

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    Loaded Tabbouleh

    Loaded Chickpea Tabbouleh
    Anita Schecter

    There’s tabbouleh, but then there’s loaded tabbouleh. Although this recipe includes a verifiable mountain of ingredients, it’s easy to dress up or down, depending on your desire. 

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    Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
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    While tomatoes grow towards the sun, mushrooms grow down into the earth. As a result, they taste quite different from one another, but this recipe for stuffed portobello mushrooms marries them effortlessly in a mixture that includes breadcrumbs, onions, and black olives.

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    Red Pepper and Tomato Salad

    Red Pepper and Tomato Salad

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    Tomatoes, nuts, and spices such as Sumac are harbingers of Turkish food so if you’d like to know your way around this country’s cuisine, give red pepper and tomato salad a go. Smear it over warm lavas and we promise you won’t look back. 

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    Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary Cocktail

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    Despite its name, a Bloody Mary is a welcome addition to any table. This recipe calls for fresh tomato juice, an added effort that is well worth the investment.

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    Moroccan Tomato Jam

    Sliced bread and tomato jam

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    This Moroccan tomato jam is flavored with honey, cinnamon, and orange flower water. Try it with the fixings suggested in the recipe or swirl it into couscous and chopped herbs

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    Caprese Tomato Salad

    Caprese Salad

    Anita Schecter

    Caprese salad is a classic way to showcase fresh, ripe tomatoes. In fact, every ingredient in this dish should be fresh as not to damper the delicate flavor that makes it so splendid. Want to make it into a meal? Simply simmer some angel hair pasta and you’ve got it

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    White Fish Veracruz Sauce

    White Fish in a Veracruz Sauce


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    White fish in Veracruz sauce is so delicious, it’s named after the town that created it. The recipe beautifully blends fresh tomatoes, green capers, and green olives, which set off the white fish just right.  

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    Fresh Tomato Soup

    Tomato soup
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    What’s more comforting than a bowl of tomato soup? It’s creamy, simple, and can make for a snack or a full meal when served with a caramelized onion grilled cheese.

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    Toasted Pita Bowl Salad

    Pita Bowl Salad
    Anita Schecter

    There’s something ineffably satisfying about eating all the food on your plate, down to the very bowl it’s served in. This pita bowl salad is a perfect combination of both fresh and roasted flavors.

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    BLT Pizza

    BLT Pizza

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter 

    Put your tomatoes to good use with a BLT pizza. The recipe tops your favorite pizza dough with an herbal mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled bacon. You'll have a healthy, fresh dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.

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    Dried Tomatoes

    Sun Dried Tomatoes
    Molly Watson

    If you ever go overboard and buy too many tomatoes, don’t let them languish. Instead, dehydrate them in either your oven or dehydrator. Later you can rejoice in this vegan risotto or sundried tomato hummus

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    Green Tomato and Apple Chutney

    Wooden bowl containing green tomatoes
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    For those who gaze lovingly at packages of sour candies and lemon bars, this recipe for green tomato and apple chutney is for you. It's a lovely way to combine summer and fall flavors into one delicious spread.

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    Chicken Tagine With Chickpeas and Raisins

    chicken and chickpea tagine
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    Tagine is a traditional Moroccan stew of sorts, named for the type of earthenware pot it’s prepared in. The fresh tomatoes used in this recipe get along just swell with its myriad of flavors and other ingredients.   

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    Roasted Tomato Sauce

    Bucatini with roasted tomato sauce and garlic bread.
    Diana Rattray

    Perfect for when you have small amounts of a variety of tomatoes, this sauce is very flexible, welcoming all sizes and colors. The recipe calls for seasoning and roasting the tomatoes first, bringing out their sweetness and allowing each type to contribute their complex flavors.

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    Tahitian Poisson Cru

    Poisson Cru
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    Move aside ceviche, Tahitian poisson cru has arrived. This recipe infuses some unexpected ingredients, like tomatoes and coconut milk, the latter of which is a quintessential ingredient in Polynesian cuisine. 

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    Okra Seasoned With Tomato Sauce

    Stewed Okra and Tomato Over Rice, With Spoon
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    Okra is a unique ingredient thanks to its crunchy outside and gelatinous inside. Some people love it, others hate it. If you fall into the former category, this okra seasoned with tomato sauce will become a new favorite preparation.

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    Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

    Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

     

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    What’s better than being gifted a bouquet of flowers? Eating them, of course. These zucchini blossoms are stuffed with fresh tomatoes, rice, and a heap of herbs.

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    Eastern Tomato Chutney

    Eastern Tomato Chutney
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    India is known for its dazzling array of chutneys, which typically accompany just about everything from dosas to samosas. This tomato chutney is a lovely way to transform even the most simple of snacks, like naan, into something special. 

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    Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Zucchini Pasta

    Zucchini spaghetti main dish recipe

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    Sure, this pasta is low-carb, but that’s just a bonus. Both fresh and irresistible, the combination of quintessential warm-weather ingredients like zucchini, tomatoes, and basil lends itself well to meals taken outside and well into the evening. 

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    Cemita Sandwich

    Mexican Pueblan Cemita Sandwich
    Grilled Cheese Social

    If you resonate with a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, simply slice a few tomatoes and stack them in this Cemita sandwich. It’s a Mexican dish made from pulled pork, queso, and chipotle that's piled high between sesame-studded buns.

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    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush

    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad
    Anita Schecter

    Fattoush is the Middle East’s answer to bread salad (because we could all use some inspiration on how to use day-old bread). It’s delicious on its own, drizzled in tahini, or with a tangy yogurt sauce like Turkish cacik

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    Easy Ham and Fresh Tomato Quiche

    Easy Ham and Tomato Quiche
    D.L. Rattray

    Fresh eggs embroidered in a flaky, buttery pie crust? Whoever invented quiche is a genius. If you have any doubts, this ham and fresh tomato quiche will relieve them. 

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    Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

    Tomato Gazpacho
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    What warm tomato soup does for the soul during the winter months, fresh tomato gazpacho does during the summer. We suggest using an heirloom variety as they’re typically juicier than others.

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    Yemista Stuffed Tomatoes

    Stuffed tomatoes topped with breadcrumbs

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    Yemista stuffed tomatoes sit neatly on your plate, but don’t be fooled, they’re stuffed to the brim with savory goodness. It’s a quintessential recipe from Greece, where vine-ripened tomatoes reign supreme. 

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    Sabich Sandwich

    Sabich Sandwich
    Anita Schecter

    Iraqi cuisine may often be overshadowed by its neighbors Israel and Lebanon, so we’re delighted to spotlight it with this sabich sandwich. It features eggs, tomatoes, eggplant, tahini, and amba sauce, a tangy condiment made from mangoes.

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    Ranchera Sauce

    Ranchera sauce

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    Ranchera sauce is what makes Mexican huevos rancheros in a word, delicioso. The traditional recipe calls for a single serrano or jalapeño chile, but considering Mexico has a bevy of varieties, feel free to improvise. 

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    Falafel Spiced Middle Eastern Couscous

    Falafel-Spiced Middle Eastern Couscous (Israeli Couscous)

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    You can substitute the couscous for orzo or even rice, but please don’t lose the burst of flavor these roasted cherry tomatoes give to this dish.

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    Salbitxada Sauce

    calcots, sweet onions typical of Catalonia, Spain
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    We’re pulling this recipe for salbitxada sauce straight from our archives (or Catalonia, rather). It’s a tasty blend of almonds, fresh tomatoes, and calçots, a variety of green onion.  

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    Roasted Cod and Cherry Tomatoes

    Roasted Cod with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella Recipe

    Roasted cod, mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes are a delicious, albeit unlikely, combination. Using an earthenware dish or roasting pan ensures that your cherry tomatoes will practically burst at the seams with juice. 

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    BLT Pizza

    BLT Pizza

    Anita Schecter 

    For some, altering the classic BLT is a cardinal sin and we understand. For others, a BLT pizza is an opportunity to embrace two age-old favorites. Just make sure your lettuce is crisp, mayo generous, and tomatoes fresh. 

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    Tomato Egg Drop Soup

    Egg Drop Soup


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    Egg drop soup is a classic Chinese starter dish, made by stirring beaten eggs into a mild broth just before it’s removed from the stove. This version includes tender oyster mushrooms and of course, fresh tomato wedges. 

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    Moroccan Zaalouk Salad

    Ratatouille

     

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    Moroccan zaalouk salad features eggplant, roasted peppers, and meaty ‘maters. It’s a dish so hearty, both the vegetarians and meat-eaters in your life will thank you.