Tomato Recipes in Under 10 Minutes

Come home with a ridiculous amount of tomatoes? Are your tomato plants ripening at break-neck speed? Try these quick ways—each takes less than 10 minutes—to work through the bounty of tomatoes.

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    Burst Tomatoes

    Burst Tomatoes
    Molly Watson

    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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    Caprese Salad

    Caprese Salad with Balsamic Candy Drizzle

    The Spruce / Rob Bagot

    Caprese salad is simple. Place a layer sliced tomatoes, sliced fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves on a plate or serving platter. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, if you like, and sprinkle with salt.

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    Corn, Tomato, and Basil Salad

    Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    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

    Grilled tomatoes

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    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.

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    No-Cook Pasta Sauce

    Bowl of spelt pasta with tomatoes and basil, close-up

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    In a large bowl, combine several chopped tomatoes, 1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Add olive oil to coat tomatoes. Add hot pasta and toss to coat pasta. Add more olive oil, if you like.

    Bits of fresh mozzarella can be added—they will get a bit melted and unctuous when tossed with the hot pasta. Red chile flakes, basil, oregano, chopped olives, and freshly shredded Parmesan are all tasty additions as well.

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    Open-Faced Tomato & Ricotta Sandwich

    Tomato and ricotta sandwich
    Molly Watson

    Spread the best ricotta cheese you can find (sheep's milk ricotta is a favorite) on a thick slice of artisan bread (any kind you like will work—ciabatta, hearty rye, honey whole wheat, walnut, or sourdough). Thickly slice a tomato and lay slices on top of the cheese. Sprinkle with sea salt, "gray salt," or fleur de sel.

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    Pan con Tomato

    Pan con tomato

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    For pan con tomato, rub the bread with cut garlic clove and cut tomato—working the pulp into the bread, sprinkle with salt or top with cheese, ham, or sausage.

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    Salsa Fresca

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    The Spruce

    Make your own salsa fresca by mixing chopped tomato with your choice of the following: minced red onion, minced garlic, finely chopped jalapeño, or serrano chiles. Add salt to taste. A splash of red vinegar can be tasty, too.

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    Tomato and Avocado Salad

    Tomato and avacado salsa ingredients

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    Toss chopped tomato and chopped avocado with a bit of vinaigrette or just lime juice. Serve this tomato and avocado salad with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro, if you like. Eat as-is, serve on top of a bed of lettuce, or pair with shrimp or picked crab for a light lunch.

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    Tomato and Pesto Sandwich

    Crostini with Pesto, Basil, Tomatoes and Cheese

    Quentin Bacon / Getty Images

    This is a surprisingly satisfying treat. Spread 2 hearty slices of your favorite sandwich bread with your favorite pesto, top 1 pesto-ed slice with several meaty slices of tomato, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!

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    Tomato Bruschetta

    Grilled Tomato-Herb Bruschetta

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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

    Tomato chickpea salad
    Molly Watson

    Chop tomatoes, whisk dressing, drain chickpeas, and toss together. Done!

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    Tomato, Cucumber & Red Onion Salad

    chopped tomato salad
    Molly Watson

    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.