Whether you grow them in your backyard or buy a basket at the farmers' market, fresh tomatoes offer a bounty of nutrition benefits.
Summer's Favorite SuperfoodTomatoes are a naturally delicious ingredient and promote optimal health because they are loaded with vitamins C, K, and B6, niacin, potassium, and the antioxidant lycopene.
Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with SpaghettiSkip the jarred tomato sauce and prepare a superfast, homemade sauce while your noodles cook. Cherry tomatoes roasted in olive oil and red wine vinegar add a sweet flavor to this simple sauce.
Summer Peach and Tomato SaladToss together sweet peaches and heirloom tomatoes for a salad bursting with vitamin C. Fresh basil, crumbled feta, and a honey-sherry vinaigrette complement the simplicity of the dish.
Tomato Salad with Caesar BreadcrumbsPlain breadcrumbs mimic the flavors of a Caesar salad when tossed with garlic and anchovy paste in a hot skillet. This side salad is packed with flavor and nutrients, but low in calories.
Tomato-and-Mango Salad with Curry-Orange VinaigretteThe ingredients in this dish–tomatoes, mangoes, and orange juice–are loaded with the antioxidant vitamin C. It helps to strengthen the immune system and to protect the body against heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Tomato-Basil PizzaAdding tomatoes to your favorite foods is an easy way to incorporate healthy vegetables into your diet. Throw cherry tomatoes into salads or stir-fries, layer sliced beefsteak tomatoes on a pizza or in a lasagna, or chop plum tomatoes and sprinkle over grilled fish or chicken.
Tomato Salad with Avocado and OnionFresh tomatoes contrast rich, heart-healthy avocado beautifully in this side salad. Fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and chipotle chile powder add even more flavor.
Chunky Tomato-Fruit GazpachoSome studies show that a diet rich in lycopene–an antioxidant found in foods like fresh and cooked tomatoes, apricots, pink grapefruit, and papaya–can help lower the risk of breast cancer in women.
Peach Salad with Tomatoes and BeetsGolden beets and a mix of colorful tomatoes (like Purple Cherokee and red heirlooms) offer a dramatic contrast on the plate and are a beautiful and tasty base for the tangy-sweet peaches on top--but red beets and any garden tomatoes would also work.
Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil SaladWhen choosing tomatoes, look for ones that are a bright shade of red. This indicates that they have the most lycopene and betacarotene.
Tomato and Prosciutto Sandwiches with Pea PestoFresh tomatoes join salty prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, and minty pea pesto in this filling sandwich recipe.
Tomato Salad with Halloumi and OreganoHalloumi is a firm Greek cheese that lends itself well to cooking as it does not melt easily. Here, it joins ripe, meaty tomatoes in a delightfully simple salad.
Bruschetta with Warm TomatoesHeating tomatoes releases even more of their beneficial nutrients, so don't be afraid to warm them up. Try cooking tomatoes in a bit of olive oil to help the body better absorb the lycopene.
Tomato and Peach Salad with AlmondsJuicy peaches star alongside ripe tomatoes in this simple summer salad. Toasted almonds add protein and crunch.