Once the heat rolls in, you know ripe and juicy tomatoes won’t be far behind. When your farmer’s market haul starts overflowing, it’s time to enjoy one of summer’s most-loved ingredients. In addition to easy tomato recipes, we’re looking at some of the most popular tomato varieties, sharing tips for how to cook tomatoes, plus plenty of no-cook ideas for the hottest days of the year.
Whether you browse supermarket shelves or roam your local market, here are some of the best tomato varieties to look for—especially during peak season.
A peak season tomato needs little more than a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, but there are lots of ways to flex your cooking chops.
We have 10 easy tomato recipes for you below, but just to get your wheels turning, here are lots of inventive ways to slip tomatoes into lots of different meals.
Everyone needs a fresh tomato sauce recipe up their sleeve. And here’s the real secret: you hardly need a recipe at all! Aside from tomatoes, olive oil, and salt, other ingredients that boost flavor (like garlic and chili flakes) are optional. Here’s a simple primer on how to cook tomato sauce—you’ll be able to dress a bowl of pasta in no time at all!
5 pounds tomatoes, halved
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
1 garlic clove, grated (optional)
Torn basil (optional)
Squeeze seeds from tomatoes and discard. Press the cut side of a tomato against the large holes of a box grater, or push through a food mill; discard skins. Add pulp to a saucepan and warm over medium heat. Add salt, olive oil, and tomato paste and garlic (if using). Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Taste and add more salt if needed. Finish with fresh basil just before serving.
From summer-ready salads to baked dishes when the weather cools down, these 10 recipes make it easy to enjoy tomatoes all year long.
Here’s a refreshing warm-weather combo: sweet watermelon cubes with juicy tomato chunks. Toss it up with fresh mint, a few spices, and flaky salt for the perfect summer appetizer or side.
When the heat is sweltering, we’re all about embracing a no-cook philosophy. Enter: a five-minute tomato salad recipe. After slicing up a few heirloom tomatoes, sprinkle the plate with flaky salt, pepper, and a few thinly sliced shallots.
Here’s a simple way to learn how to cook chicken breast in tomato sauce: bake it. The bursting juices of cherry tomatoes add a sweet touch to this easy baked chicken recipe. The whole dish comes together in one pan—just add a fresh salad and dinner’s done.
Another one-pot wonder, baked sausages work for lunch or dinner. Sweet and savory ingredients (think: garlic, balsamic vinegar, sweet Italian sausage, and cherry tomatoes) ensure every bite bursts with flavor.
Here’s a vegan dish that’s big on flavor. The white bean purée serves as a creamy base for tender spinach and roasted cherry tomatoes. Just add grilled baguette slices for a memorable appetizer.
It’s convenient to open a can of jarred salsa, but making this condiment yourself is super easy too. Our recipe starts with slow-roasted tomatoes and builds flavor with garlic, onion powder, shallots, and more. (Add a canned chipotle for extra smoky flavor!)
Impress your brunch guests with baked eggs in tomato cups. The clever recipe hollows out beefsteak tomatoes, then fills them with an egg before baking. Besides the impressive plating, we love not having to stand at the stove to fry eggs.
Poached cod is a light-yet-satisfying supper, especially when the whole dish comes together in about 20 minutes.
Could this tomato tart be any more gorgeous? This French-inspired recipe is gluten-free thanks to an almond flour crust, and features a layer of briny olive spread underneath coriander-scented tomatoes.
A double punch of tomato flavor (from canned tomatoes and tomato paste) makes this recipe extra flavorful. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—everything cooks up in 30 minutes.
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