Summer Tomato Recipes
For those who love tomatoes, the middle and end of summer is just the best time of the year.
The battle cry: carpe tomato! The gorgeous tomatoes start to appear in July, and flood the markets (and our gardens, if we’re lucky) for a couple of months. So let’s be prepared.
Keep your eyes open for those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. Some available varieties include Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Green Zebra, Black Krim, Mr. Stripey, Azoychka, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Cherry Roma, Tomato Gold Medal, and Black Cherry. The names alone are cheerful, and if you just slice up a bunch, drizzle them with olive oil, and give them a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper you will be in heaven. Look for heirloom tomatoes at supermarkets, of course, but better still at farmers’ markets during the summer and early fall seasons.
Any tomato lover knows, fresh tomatoes are really best in season. Out-of-season tomatoes are often pale and flavorless. Hothouse tomatoes are your best bet outside of the summer months. Plum tomatoes, grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are also available year round.
This is my (not even close to complete) list of must-make tomato recipes this summer. Oh yes, please also see How to Cook Tomatoes and How to Cook Cherry Tomatoes.
53 Recipes with Tomatoes
What to do with all of those summer tomatoes!
A simple herby ricotta is slathered under slices of ripe tomatoes in a perfect summer appetizer or snack.
If you and a friend want to demolish this for lunch, as I did, then ignore the serving size.
How to turn a basketful of ripe tomatoes into an easy dinner.
This pasta has so much going on in terms of flavor, color, texture, and just plain deliciousness.
Simple, gorgeous, summer in a bowl.
This is the first thing I think of when I bring home a bunch of gorgeously ripe late summer tomatoes. Use only perfectly ripe tomatoes.
Roasting tomatoes is super easy, and really brings out a deep, concentrated, sweet flavor.
What I made with the three things I managed not to kill in my garden.
A multi-layered tomato experience.
A quick summery meal that can be made ahead. Skip the bacon and it’s vegetarian!
One of the classic steakhouse sides is a tomato salad of some sort. And the best ones are super simple, and really focus on perfect, ripe tomatoes.
This was one of the best lunches ever, just that perfect chopped salad.
This dish feels like an ode to summer. A Tuscan salad, created to use up stale bread, dressed with vinaigrette, and mixed with juicy tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and basil.
One of the defining no-cook dishes of summer.
A colorful, delicious, year-round and versatile dish dish (and a great way to use not-so-perfect tomatoes!)
It's hard to make a summer produce pasta that not a stunner; this one is bursting with basil and roasted tomatoes.
Sometimes you just want the classic—bursting with tomato flavor, silky smooth, and not complicated by much else.
In this version of tomato bruschetta I took a cue from the best loved combo of cheese, tomatoes, and bread ever: pizza.
15 minutes to to the easiest, summeriest side dish.
Also known as Catalan Tomato Bread, Spanish Tomato Bread, or Pan con Tomate, this toasted bread with tomatoes and garlic is the most perfect simple appetizer, snack or side.
A wonderfully smoky salsa made from roasted tomatoes, hot peppers, onions and garlic, with a touch of lime and cumin.
How to make the best, most refreshing and absolutely beautiful soup of summer. With step-by-step instructions and photos.
Garlic bread moves up a notch.
Fish plus three basic ingredients plus 20 minutes gets you this for dinner. Think of this during tomato season.
A handful of good ingredients is all you need to make a very interesting greens and grain salad. Perfect for summer entertaining.
Inspired by Italian restaurant antipasti platters, this gorgeous salad relies on easily available cherry tomatoes and a bunch of pantry items.
This is a light and very colorful pasta salad, perfect for picnics and potlucks and warm weather lunches. Great to take to work as well.
Starring the two best vegetables of late summer, with bacon as a supporting actor.
The salad to keep up with the end-of-summer influx of produce.
Summery, colorful, delicious. Perfect for entertaining, packing for an office lunch, picnics, you name it.
This pasta salad is portable and flexible. It’s also a nice way to play around with the vegetables of the season.
Frankly if you served a shoe over polenta I would be happy. But this salmon is so much better.
Yes, another Greek Salad recipe. And I doubt it will be the last.
An open-faced marriage of garlic bread, ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, basil, with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
A good looking plate of lamb, with a memorable sauce.
So easy, so colorful, so make ahead, so crowd-pleasing….and actually a vegan pasta salad, too).
Steak corn and tomatoes get kicked upstairs.
A summery pan sauce turns a package of chicken breasts into a colorful quick dinner.
A great grain and vegetable salad for all kinds of occasions.
A Mediterranean twist on a very classic Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad
In flavor and in looks, this pizza kind of keeps you on your toes, in a really good way.
This pasta salad takes its cues from the ingredients featured in a classic Greek Salad, and goes with almost anything you can think of.
Colorful and fresh and filled with a variety of textures, this easy recipe is a great summer and early fall go-to salad for all kinds of meals.
This salad has a whole lot going on in terms of color, texture, taste, and nutrition.
The West Coast version of a classic BLT (with a little hack for the perfect toasted bread).
Cherry or grape tomatoes are just plain cheery and delicious, and here they are the start of their own little show.
A beautiful summer salad that’s robust and light at the same time.
Farro, or whatever grain you choose, is mixed with a whole bunch of vegetables — plenty of texture and chew, super satisfying, and gorgeous to boot.
15 minutes gets you to an explosion of summery color and flavor in a bowl.
With a jar of this in the fridge, you will make dinner interesting in two shakes.
This pasta salad is late summertime eating at its finest.
This is one of the most delicious chicken dishes I have made in a while. It also might be one of the prettiest. A one skillet dish!
If you start with precooked shrimp, this beautiful and satisfying salad can be on the table in 15 minutes! (Add about 7 minutes if you're cooking the shrimp yourself!)