Superfood: Fresh Tomatoes
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 Superfood
Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti
Skip 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 Salad
Toss 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 Breadcrumbs
Plain 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 Vinaigrette
The 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.
Adding 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.
Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes
Instead of tossing tomatoes with the salad, broil them with a cheesy topping for a side you'll want to double for the rest of the week.
Tomato Salad with Avocado and Onion
Fresh tomatoes contrast rich, heart-healthy avocado beautifully in this side salad. Fresh cilantro, lemon juice, and chipotle chile powder add even more flavor.
Herbed Breadcrumb Tomatoes
Broil tomato halves topped with panko to make a delicious side dish or appetizer.
Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
Some 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 Beets
Golden 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 Salad
When 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 Pesto
Fresh tomatoes join salty prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, and minty pea pesto in this filling sandwich recipe.
Tomato Salad with Halloumi and Oregano
Halloumi 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 Tomatoes
Heating 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 Almonds
Juicy peaches star alongside ripe tomatoes in this simple summer salad. Toasted almonds add protein and crunch.