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.
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. See the recipe for Caprese Salad »
A vinaigrette made with roasted garlic and bacon adds salty, savory flavor to a classic caprese salad.
Macaroni with Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Tomatoes
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. See the recipe for Langoustines in Tomato, Garlic, and Wine Sauce »
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. See the recipe for Green Tomato Chow »
Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
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. See the recipe for Cherry Tomato-Vanilla Bean Preserves »
Herbed Tomato Tart
Made with ripe cherry tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and a buttery crust, this gorgeous, rustic tart is a showstopper.
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. See the recipe for Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes »