We look forward to tomato season all year long, and it’s finally here! Here are 30 delicious ideas for preparing juicy, ripe tomatoes: Roast them to heighten their sweetness, bake them into a savory herbed tart, churn them into salsa, or serve them with fresh, creamy mozzarella and high-quality olive oil for an elegant caprese salad.
Succulent lamb entrecôte, a well-marbled boneless cut from the sirloin, is blanketed in a marinade of garlic, fresh marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and sage, which caramelize to form a flavorful crust as the lamb grills.
A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar.
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This satisfying Spanish snack requires only toast, a ripe tomato, some good-quality olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
Sweet, nutty roasted sunchokes pair perfectly with the bright flavor of grape tomatoes.
A bright and simple salad adds fresh contrast to fried strips of pizza dough.
This most iconic of pizzas is topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves, the colors of the Italian flag.
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Israeli Chopped Salad
Janna Gur, author of
The Book of New Israeli Food (Schocken, 2008), uses sumac and cinnamon to heighten the flavors of this Israeli staple.
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Briny and slightly crispy fried capers punch up the flavor of this classic Italian tomato and mozzarella salad.
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Roasting cherry tomatoes in an oven brings out their natural sweetness; salty salami is a perfect counterpoint.
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Roasting garlic scapes with tomatoes and red onion sweetens them and enriches their flavor; toss them with pasta, lemon juice, and arugula for a simple summer meal.
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Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)
The thin vermicelli-like noodles called fideos add starch and body to this elemental tomato soup from Patricia Quintana, chef-owner of Izote restaurant in Mexico City.
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A marinade of orange, cumin, and saffron flavors these juicy chicken and tomato kebabs.
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A vinaigrette made with roasted garlic and bacon adds salty, savory flavor to a classic caprese salad.
Fresh goat cheese makes a creamy, velvety sauce for pasta baked with spinach and topped with sliced tomatoes that is bright with festive colors, and deeply comforting. And as it takes only slightly longer than an hour to cook, this can be a main player in a delicious and casual last-minute Christmas dinner.
Skampi na Buzaru (Langoustines in Tomato, Garlic, and Wine Sauce)
On Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, shellfish are often prepared
na buzaru, simmered in a brandy-and-wine-enriched tomato sauce. Langoustines are used here, but the preparation works just as well with shrimp, clams, or mussels.
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Green Tomato Chow
On Canada’s Prince Edward Island, firm, underripe green tomatoes are transformed into a tangy-sweet condiment that is often served alongside salt cod cakes.
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Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce
A snap to make for an easy weeknight meal, this recipe is also elegant enough to serve on special occasions, especially when made with fresh, high-quality tomatoes.
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Ripe and juicy tomato slices topped with herbs, butter, and toasty breadcrumbs make a wonderful summer side.
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Salsa Roja (Tomato and Chile Salsa)
Charred tomatoes give this vibrant red salsa a hint of sweetness and smoke.
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Salty-sweet tomatoes and fluffy eggs balance each other perfectly when paired together for a simple stir-fry.
Gazpacho’s richer cousin, this cool, creamy tomato soup topped with egg and jamon iberico will have you mopping up every drop with bread.
Ripe tomatoes develop umami-rich flavor when grilled with a soy sauce marinade. Mitsuba, a Japanese relative of parsley, lends a mild cilantro-like freshness.
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Simply putting tomatoes, a peeled halved onion, butter, and salt in a pot and cooking them with barely an occasional stir until they are reduced produces a deliciously concentrated sauce.
Cherry Tomato-Vanilla Bean Preserves
Floral vanilla bean brings out the musky qualities of cherry tomatoes in this jammy compote. Best made with ripe tomatoes at the height of summer, it’s perfect paired with a triple cream goat cheese or with firm white-fleshed fish dishes.
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Made with ripe cherry tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and a buttery crust, this gorgeous, rustic tart is a showstopper.
Stewed Tomatoes with Ham Steaks
Sweet, stewed tomatoes are the perfect foil for fried ham steaks.
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Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes
Maple syrup intensifies the sweetness of tomatoes in this Quebecois recipe for
Tomate Confite au Sirop d’Érable. Serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer, or tossed onto salads, pizza, or pastas.
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Homemade Tomato Paste
Got a bumper crop of tomatoes? Tomato paste lends depth and flavor to many dishes, and it’s easy to make your own at home.
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