Summer comes with its fair share of delicious produce. But tomatoes are some of the season’s best. It’s during this time that they taste the most rich. And dishes just have such a better flavor when they’re loaded with the perfectly ripe fruit. Yes, they are a fruit!
Do you have an abundance from your garden? Or are you frantically trying to fill up on as many fresh tomatoes as you can before fall hits? Well, you’ll want to try one of these seven ways to use up all of the end-of-summer harvest.
1. Cherry Tomato Salad
Enjoy the juicy, sweet flavor of raw tomatoes in a classic and refreshing salad. This quick and easy dish has loads of cherry tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and feta cheese. And it makes a great side dish or special addition to any last minute picnics or barbecues.
Recipe: Peas and Crayons
2. Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
Tomatoes have never tasted more soothing. These feel extra satisfying, as they’re warmed in the oven and topped with cheese and herbs. An added bonus: you’ll get more antioxidants this way. Heating tomatoes increases your body’s absorption of the antioxidant lycopene.
Recipe: Zen and Spice
3. Heirloom Tomato Galette
Fill this delicate pastry with heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and thyme. It is the perfect gourmet dish to make if you’re feeling creative. What better way to send off summer than to take a bite into this cheesy combination of dough and vegetables?
Recipe: Wry Toast
4. Bruschetta Chicken
When you have a lot of tomatoes, making bruschetta is always useful. But there are only so many crostini you can eat. So skip the bread and make this recipe instead. This grilled chicken also gets smothered with mozzarella cheese for a mouth-watering Italian-inspired entree.
Recipe: Creme de la Crumb
5. Tomato and Shrimp Risotto
Even if the temperatures cool, you still crave those summer flavors. Consider making this late summer risotto. This creamy, tomato-based dish has tons of flavor, and it’s an ideal comfort food for those autumn evenings.
Recipe: Broma Bakery
6. One Pot Summer Tomato Pasta
Pasta and tomatoes are a classic combination. This recipe makes cooking a tasty noodle dish super easy. Just throw all the ingredients in one pot, and you’ll have a delicious spaghetti dinner with minimal effort.
Recipe: Cooking for Keeps
7. Caprese Garlic Bread
If you’re a fan of Caprese salad, but also love garlic bread, you’ll want to make this recipe—you get the best of both worlds. This buttery garlic bread takes things to the next level with the addition of mozzarella, basil and of course, tomatoes.
Recipe: Two Peas & Their Pod