7 Ways With Fresh Tomatoes

Whether they're homegrown or fresh from the market, nothing beats ripe tomatoes in the summertime.

  • Red, Ripe, and Ready to Eat
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Red, Ripe, and Ready to Eat

    A single plant can produce over a dozen tomatoes, which means you can give a basket to the neighbors and still pack almost every meal with the nutrient-rich fruit. Serve them in pasta, pizza, vinaigrettes, and even desserts. Paired with the right spices, tomatoes can be sweet, tangy, or tart foils to the other ingredients.

  • Cheese and Olive-Stuffed Tomatoes
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Cheese and Olive-Stuffed Tomatoes

    Sometimes the best way to enjoy fresh produce is to free it from heavy sauces or other flavor-masking extras. Serve a Mediterranean-inspired side packed with feta, olives, and a little basil. It's a great complement to any hot-off-the-grill entrée, or add a little chopped chicken to the mix and serve on its own. Use sturdy, ripe tomatoes for optimal flavor and presentation.
  • Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Brecker

    Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta

    When the temperature climbs, dinner cravings often tend toward light and simple. Make a pasta dish that's packed with the freshest of ingredients, including mozzarella, garlic, basil, and, of course, tomatoes. A little olive oil adds a punch of flavor that rounds out the simple sauce.
  • Oven-Roasted Sea Bass with Couscous and Warm Tomato Vinaigrette
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Oven-Roasted Sea Bass with Couscous and Warm Tomato Vinaigrette

    Fresh tomato chutneys and dressings add color and flavor to almost any meat. Try it with a firm, delicately-seasoned sea bass for a refreshing summer dish. The warm vinaigrette dressing pairs well with fluffy couscous, so make extra and spread the flavor around.
  • Creole Tomato Salad
    Randy Mayor

    Creole Tomato Salad

    Tomato salad, often served with basil and fresh mozzarella, is a favorite in most homes, so try this New Orleans-style Creole version. Fresh mint and sweet onions pair with ripe tomatoes to make a tasty base for the zesty red wine and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. This salad is simple to make and a great dish for a neighborhood potluck.
  • Tomato-Watermelon Sorbet
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Tomato-Watermelon Sorbet

    Serve an inspired sorbet that calls for the juice of fresh tomatoes. Make this dessert when your tomatoes are at their ripest–the sweetness of the fruit pairs perfectly with ripe watermelon. Keep the secret ingredient to yourself and see if your guests can name it.
  • Fresh Tomato-Pesto Pizza
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Fresh Tomato-Pesto Pizza

    Update pizza night by exchanging the standard jarred tomato sauce for a bright 5-ingredient homemade pesto. Top a store-bought crust with the pesto, then layer on chopped tomatoes, garlic, provolone, and a few sprinkles of basil.
  • Bart's Ultimate BLT
    Emily Nathan

    Bart's Ultimate BLT

    While it's hard to beat the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato combination (often served with a hint of mayonnaise on toasted bread), this zesty interpretation will transform your grab-and-go sandwich lunch. Start with the best ingredients, including ripe tomatoes, applewood-smoked bacon, and sourdough bread, and add a fragrant basil spread instead of plain mayo. You may never buy regular mayo again.
  • Slicing and Chopping Tomatoes

    How-To Video: Perfect Slices

    Watch this video and learn how to cut perfect tomato slices.
  • Coring a Tomato

    How-To Video: Removing the Core

    Watch this how-to video for an easy way to remove the core of a tomato.
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