Tomato Recipe Round Up

Whether from a farmers' market or your garden, tomatoes are plentiful  now.

Whether from a farmers’ market or your garden, tomatoes are plentiful now.

With tomatoes ripening on the vine everyday, it is the perfect time of year to experiment with fresh tomato recipes. Whether you feel like making a delicious salsa, appetizer, salad or dessert, there are simple tomato recipes that you can use to create your favorite snacks. The recipes below are some of my favorites! They are ideal at this time of the year, when the tomatoes are ripe and plentiful.

 Five-Minute Salsa

This colorful salsa from the Johnson family CSA in Bethel, MN, lis easy to make and packed with flavor. The recipe includes fresh, diced tomatoes and a few other fixings to create a mouthwatering mixture.

Chef Jasper’s Heirloom Tomato, Fig, and Olive Oil Cake

We found this unusual tomato recipe on the Kansas City Star website. This recipe calls for 2 pounds of ripe, chopped tomatoes. The cake is succulent and sweet, utilizing heirloom tomatoes in the best possible way.

Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Parmesan

Too hot to cook? This pasta dish from Midwest Living magazine requires no cooking, except for the pasta. The dish is made with a mixture of red and yellow cherry tomatoes. It is glazed with lemon-garlic sauce to produce a refreshing and tasty combination.

Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables

Here’s another tomato recipe for pasta lovers, this one from cooking and style guru, Martha Stewart. Ripe tomatoes and zucchini create a delightful sauce for this gnocchi. The dish is easy to prepare and bursting with flavor.

Bruschetta, a la Julie and Julia

Tomatoes on toasty bread—what's not to love?

Tomatoes on toasty bread—what’s not to love?

This recipe is based on a scene in the movie, Julie and Julia, in which crusty bread topped with tomatoes is devoured. You know the feeling. It calls for 4 medium diced tomatoes along with a couple of other garden ingredients and a bit of good olive oil.

 

Greens and Ripe Tomato Salad with Ricotta Salata and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This nutritious salad from the Food52 website s fresh and flavorful. If you are looking for a healthy recipe that is full of ripe tomatoes, this is the one for you.

 Tomato Feta Bites

You only need a few ingredients to make this scrumptious, crunchy appetizer from My Recipes website. These feta bites are a great way to impress guests and start off a meal.

Heirloom Tomato BLT

No list of tomato recipes would be complete without this classic lunchtime favorite,  which uses colorful, sweet heirloom tomatoes. Add lettuce and bacon to the mix, and you are left with a scrumptious sandwich. Here’s Whole Foods Markets take on this basic.

You could also just dry tomatoes and soak in olive oil. Yum!

You could also just dry tomatoes and soak in olive oil. Yum!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy your homegrown tomatoes? Tell us in the comments and we’ll share the ideas in another blog post!

—Megan Danielson