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Hot pan, a little oil, a bunch of cherry tomatoes or other small-ish specimens, a sprinkle of salt, a few shakes of the pan and voilà!
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Everyone knows tomatoes and basil are a natural combination (they grow together, they go together). Add a bit of super-fresh, tender, sweet corn to the mix, however, and you have a sweet and crunchy salad. Toss chopped tomatoes and freshly cut sweet corn kernels with some sherry vinegar, season with salt and pepper if you like, and top with torn basil leaves or basil cut into elegant ribbons for this delicious corn, tomato, and basil salad.
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Grilled tomatoes are a great way to enjoy summer's favorite vegetables. In general, you want to use tomatoes that are firm when ripe, such as Early Girls or Brandywine tomatoes, for grilling.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Tomato bruschetta is a wonderfully easy way to enjoy fresh, ripe, seasonal tomatoes. Play around with these as much as you like—add other chopped vegetables, try basil oil, use different herbs, add a bit of cheese—bruschetta has endless flexibility. Just start with chopped tomatoes, a bit of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt on some toasted (preferably garlic-rubbed) bread.
Bruschetta is traditionally made with stale bread and for a good reason. When you toast up stale bread, it's a bit harder and a bit more able to stand up to tomato juices and olive oil than is fresh bread.
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Tomato Chickpea Salad
Chop tomatoes, whisk dressing, drain chickpeas, and toss together. Done!Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Tomato, Cucumber & Red Onion Salad
Toss 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 peeled and chopped cucumber, 1 small chopped red onion, and a bit of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.