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30 smart ways to use allll of your summer tomatoes

Mediafeed logo Mediafeed 6/18/2021 Robyn Goldfarb
a pile of fresh fruits and vegetables: Ripe tomatoes © Ekaterina Molchanova / iStock Ripe tomatoes

It’s summer, and that means tomatoes are in season. If you do your grocery shopping on a budget or grow your food, you may find yourself with an abundance of tomatoes to use. If you are looking for a quick dinner idea, a snack, or a delicious appetizer that is not pasta and sauce, then read on!

Here are 30 ways to use your summer tomatoes:

1. Air Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fried Green Tomatoes are coated in cornmeal and breadcrumbs for a delicious summer snack! Dip them in sauce or even stack them on a burger! You’re about to take a bite into the perfect summer snacking food you never knew you were missing!

The Best Air Fryer Green Tomatoes Recipe! | Everyday Family Cooking

2. Chunky Salsa Recipe

This Chunky Salsa Recipe is an excellent use of your summer tomatoes! And this recipe is healthy, fresh, easy, and full of flavors.  It even doubles as a condiment. Go ahead and dip it, layer in tacos, roll up in burritos and stir into Spanish rice.

Chunky Salsa Recipe – Appetizer – Vegan in the Freezer

3. Instant Pot Shakshuka

Want to diversify your breakfast? You have come to the right place! Shakshuka is an Israeli dish that includes eggs, tomatoes, and bell peppers. It’s the perfect dish for the whole family!

Instant Pot Shakshuka | Corrie Cooks

4. Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Don’t miss this tomato soup. It’s soo easy to make, and you can have it in only 30 minutes and enjoy a healthy dinner in no time. It’s really easy to make, has simple ingredients, and a great taste. You can eat it as-is for a light dinner or add some farro or bread.

Instant Pot Tomato Soup – Corrie Cooks

5. Tomato Basil Soup

When Roma tomatoes are plentiful and fresh off the vine, this is the recipe that will put them to deliciously good use. Freeze a few batches of Tomato Basil Soup soup, and you’ll thank yourself as the months go by. Any variety of fresh tomatoes will work, but Roma tomatoes provide a nice sturdy base.

Tomato Basil Soup |

6. Tomato Galette Recipe

Heirloom tomatoes, prosciutto, herbs, and three kinds of cheese are tucked into a rustic pastry crust to make this gorgeous tomato galette recipe. When summer tomatoes start coming in fast and furious in your garden or at the farmers market, it’s time to make a recipe like this where the heirloom tomatoes are the star of the show!

Tomato Galette Recipe – The Art of Food and Wine

7. Easy Caprese Pasta Salad

A pasta salad recipe is perfect for a dinner entree, side dish, lunch, or brunch. Enjoy the classic combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil tossed with pasta and drizzled with a rich balsamic vinaigrette. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious!

Easy Caprese Pasta Salad Your Family Will Love | Trendgredient

8. Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich

The classic summer sandwich! This is how to build a perfect Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich that’s also vegan, allergy-free, and so simple, quick, and easy to make! Soft gluten-free white bread, creamy egg-free mayo, and thick, ripe, juicy tomato slices with a sprinkle of salt and pepper!

Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

9. Roasted Vine Tomatoes

These sweet little summer gems make a lovely addition to salads and sandwiches as they are, but roasting them takes them to a whole different level.

They are so easy to make, are bursting with concentrated flavor, and have so many uses. Add them to salads and sandwiches, toss them through pasta, whip them up into a soup or a sauce, or pop them on a pizza. They are a quick and flavourful way to bring a meal together.

How to Make Roasted Vine Tomatoes | Picnic Lifestyle

10. Classic Italian Pasta Salad

Classic Italian Pasta Salad that’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! The cold pasta salad you love, with tri-colored pasta, fresh veggies, and a healthy homemade Italian dressing! A super easy and quick meat-free vegetarian and dairy-free recipe that’s a perfect side dish to feed any crowd!

Cold Italian Pasta Salad 

11. Tabouli Salad Recipe

This Tabouli Salad Recipe is super fresh and bright, thanks to fresh herbs (parsley and mint). A tabbouleh salad is a delicious healthy side dish, and it’s also great on its own for lunch.

Tabouli Salad Recipe; Tabbouleh – Vegan in the Freezer

12. Vegan BLT Sandwich

Move over BLT – the vegan BLT is in town! This will be your next favorite go-to sandwich with smoky, delicious eggplant bacon, fresh lettuce, and tomato!

My Favorite Vegan BLT Sandwich – Daring Kitchen 

13. Roasted Tomatoes Buffalo Mozzarella and Pine Nut Appetizer

Tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil leaves topped with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette and served with sliced bread. Starters and appetizers cannot get much better than that! Drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, this simple Roasted Tomatoes Buffalo Mozzarella and Pine Nut Appetizer is a refreshing starter to any meal!

Roasted Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella and Pine Nut Appetizer | The Classy Baker

14. Simple Caprese Salad Bites

These simple Caprese salad bites are super colorful and full of delicious fresh ingredients! Great appetizers to serve when entertaining; these will become a go-to favorite! If you’re a fan of Caprese salad, you will definitely love these!

Simple Caprese Salad Bites | The Classy Baker

15. Spinach Frittata with Cherry Tomato Jam

An easy spinach frittata recipe topped with a sweet cherry tomato jam is perfect for any night of the week. Frittatas are ideal for using summer produce, and the cherry tomato jam brings this one to the next level.

Spinach Frittata with Cherry Tomato Jam | Caramel and Cashews

16. Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta

Bright cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and aromatic garlic and onions make this simple but elegant Cherry Tomato Basil Pasta really shine. Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy vegan pasta dish is sure to become a family favorite!

Cherry Tomato & Basil Pasta (Vegan & Oil-Free!) – No Sweat Vegan

17. Pesto Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of those classics that you come back to again and again. This grilled cheese is a twist on that classic. It’s made with vine-ripened tomatoes, basil pesto, and two kinds of cheese.

Pesto Grilled Cheese – Beyond The Chicken Coop

18. Easy Ratatouille Recipe

When you’re looking for a light and healthy summer meal, try this delicious ratatouille with fresh summer tomatoes and other garden veggies. This easy ratatouille recipe is a hearty and straightforward French Provence stew that combines eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and spices into a flavorful stovetop dish.

Easy Ratatouille Recipe (Vegan Ratatouille) – Whole Lotta Yum

19. Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad

This easy Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad is a great summer dish. The simple Greek salad makes a beautiful side dish or light entree salad.

Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad Recipe – Mom Foodie

20. Tomato Chutney Recipe

This tomato chutney recipe is a family favorite and great for preserving an abundant tomato crop from the vegetable garden. This tomato chutney recipe is one of my favorite methods for preserving an abundant tomato crop from the vegetable garden. Add it to your homemade pantry!

Tomato Chutney Recipe: Sweet and Savory Flavor

21. Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe

An Easy Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe that is healthy and delicious! With fresh tomatoes, basil, and bread toasted in the air fryer in minutes. This appetizer is perfect for a party or any night of the week.

Air Fryer Bruschetta | Healthy | Fresh Tomatoes | EmilyFabulous

22. Easy Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta

This Easy Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta is the perfect recipe for a weeknight meal that both kids and adults will love. Baked chicken breast, pesto, and fresh tomato bruschetta come together in an Italian-inspired dish that is healthy and delicious.

Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta | Fresh Tomatoes | Easy | EmilyFabulous

23. Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes are made with 10 minutes of prep and just four ingredients. Full of fantastic flavor, these make a delicious appetizer, side dish, or main meal add-in—a great way to preserve your farmers’ market or summer bounty.

Slow Roasted Tomatoes + Air Fryer Slow Roasted Tomatoes

24. Tomato Choka

This Tomato Choka is one of the best dips you’ll ever make. It is easy to make, smoky, and utterly delicious. Topped off with crunchy fried garlic, this Jamaican-style dip becomes the stuff that foodie dreams are made of. Tomato Choka is a versatile dip great for serving at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a super snackable appetizer.

Tomato Choka – Jamaican Tomato Choka Recipe | Recipes From A Pantry

25. One-Pan Mushroom Sauce Chicken

One-pan mushroom sauce chicken is creamy, healthy, & easy! Made with red wine, chicken broth, & fresh cherry tomatoes, this is a super simple dinner meal! This mushroom sauce chicken is a great fusion of summer and fall flavors using those summer cherry tomatoes, some fresh thyme, and red wine!

One Pan Mushroom Sauce Chicken w/Cherry Tomatoes – The Oregon Dietitian

26. Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad is a summery Italian salad featuring ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. It’s drizzled with high-quality olive oil and a sweet-tart balsamic reduction.

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad – Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen

27. Roasted Asparagus with Pico De Gallo

Air fryer roasted asparagus with pico de gallo makes a perfect side dish for dinner or lunch. This fresh asparagus is loaded with flavors, tender, crisp, and completely oil-free.

Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus With Pico De Gallo – Fit Meal Ideas

28. Tomato, Olive, and Artichoke Salad

This Tomato, Olive, and Artichoke Salad feature simple and easy-to-find ingredients marinated in a zesty Italian dressing. This dish takes a matter of minutes to assemble.

Tomato, Olive, & Artichoke Salad

29. Gemista

Gemista, or stuffed tomatoes & peppers, are some of the most beloved summer recipes in Greece. Fragrant, lovely vegetables filled with rice, herbs, and aromatics are baked to perfection, making this dish absolutely irresistible!

Gemista – Greek Stuffed Tomatoes & Peppers – The Greek Foodie

30. Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie is brimming with fresh, flavor-packed summer tomatoes, basil, mouthwatering cheeses, with a crisp garlic breadcrumb topping. Even tomato-haters love it!

Tomato Pie – A Fresh Savory Easy Summer Recipe 

Recipes Using Summer Tomatoes

With summer upon us, tomatoes are sure to be cheap and plentiful. Make delicious food at home by using ingredients that are on sale and are in season. Don’t forget to stock your freezer with anything easy to double-batch and store.  Advance meal prep (especially if you are preparing for a big life change, such as a baby) is a great way to save money.

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