Whether you grow them in your backyard or buy a basket at the farmers' market, fresh tomatoes offer a bounty of nutrition benefits.
July 16, 2007
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Summer's Favorite Superfood
Summer's Favorite Superfood Tomatoes 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.
2 of 17Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
3 of 17Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot
Summer Peach and Tomato Salad
Summer Peach and Tomato Salad Recipe 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.
4 of 17Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Tomato Salad with Caesar Breadcrumbs
Tomato Salad with Caesar Breadcrumbs Recipe 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.
5 of 17Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir
Tomato-and-Mango Salad with Curry-Orange Vinaigrette
Tomato-Basil Pizza Recipe 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.
7 of 17Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes
Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes
Recipe 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.
8 of 17Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho Recipe 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.
11 of 17Photo: Dana Gallagher; Styling: Alistair Turnbull
Peach Salad with Tomatoes and Beets
Peach Salad with Tomatoes and Beets Recipe 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.
Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes Recipe 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.
16 of 17Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower