15 Delicious Summer Tomato Recipes

Amazing Tomato Dishes: What to Do With Tomatoes

July 19, 2021
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Let’s make the most of summer’s tomato harvest!  We’ve got 15 delicious summer tomato recipe ideas right here—from tantalizing tomato sauce to fried green tomatoes to super salsa!

1. Fresh Tomato Tart

This free-form tomato pastry dish, compliments of the Almanac Eats cookbook, is simply a work of art.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

2. Tomato and Sweet Pepper Soup

Photo Credit: vanillaechoes/shutterstock. Somehow, this tomato soup recipe tastes even better the second day. Try to leave yourself some leftovers!

3. Fresh Basil and Tomato Frittata

Photo credit: Sam Jones, Quinn/Brein

4. Skillet Chicken With Fresh Tomatoes

Photo credit: Sam Jones, Quinn/Brein

5. Sweet Cherry Tomato and Beet Crostini

Photo Credit: Lou Eastman. This delicious recipe comes from Emily Hobbs of Chicago, Illinois!

6. Fried Green Tomatoes

We love Fried Green Tomatoes! In fact, we have two different recipes: Fried Green Tomatoes dipped in flour and Fried Green Tomatoes made with cornmeal

Photo Credit: Cartela/shutterstock

7. John’s Tomato Sauce with Meatballs

Photo Credit: thinkstock. Serve this tomato sauce recipe and meatballs with spaghetti and you’ll have an entree that the family can’t get enough of!

8. Classic Gazpacho

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner. This traditional Spanish soup is so refreshing in the summer and makes for a delicious liquid salad.

9. Cucumber and Tomato Salad


10. Triple Tomato Tortellini Toss

This delicious Almanac winning recipe comes from Roxanne Chan in Albany, California, and makes the perfect summer meal!

Photo Credit: Lou Eastman

11. Fresh Tomato and Zucchini Au Gratin

This tomato and zucchini recipe comes from our Eats cookbook. Try draining the tomatoes to keep the dish from getting watery!

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

12. Slow-Cooker Tomato Sauce

Slow cooker tomato sauce. Photo by HandmadePictures/Shutterstock

13. Fresh Tomato and Basil Quiche

Who doesn’t love the combination of tomatoes and basil? This delicious quiche comes from The Elms Bed and Breakfast in Camden, Maine.

Photo Credit: margouillat photo/shutterstock

14. Tomato Salsa With Strawberries

A tomato salsa recipe could never be left out! This one is dynamite with heat from peppers tempered with sweet strawberries. 

Click here for our video on how to make Fresh Tomato and Strawberry Salsa.

15. Tomatoes Stuffed With Spinach

These Spinach-Stuffed Tomatoes are the perfect accompaniment to a grilled steak or meat dish.


Bonus: Tomato Jam

Ever tried making Tomato Jam? This easy spread has a wonderful sweet-savory flavor that’s goes with everything! Spread on a BLT or a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich. Or, add as a condiment to burgers or grilled fish.

Credit: Lyudmila Mikhailovskaya/shutterstock


Grow Your Own Tomatoes!

There is NOTHING like a garden tomato right off the vine. See how to grow tomatoes.

Photo Credit: Helios4Eos/Getty Images

Interested in canning tomatoes. See our Guide to Canning Tomatoes as well as our Guide on Canning Tomato Sauce.


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Can I freeze this tomato sauce for later use?


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I was told that you can freeze tomatoes and when you take them out of the freezer the skins come off easy. Is this true?

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Yes, it is! Just run the frozen tomato under some warm water and the skin should come off easily.

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You forgot the most basic..... Pick and wash tomato, grab salt shaker, stand over sink, bite in and enjoy with or without salt!