Recipes using fresh tomatoes come in handy at the end of the summer. Tomatoes are plentiful this time of year, and farmers’ markets, vegetable stands, and home gardens offer red, ripe tomatoes by the bushel. These super delicious fruits (but you can call them vegetables if you want!) can be used in so many ways.
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Tasty Recipes to Using Fresh Tomatoes
Check out these recipes that use fresh tomatoes. Most of us can get tomatoes year-round, but there’s something special about summer tomatoes!
Bright cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and aromatic garlic and onions make this simple and elegant Tomato Basil Pasta really shine. Ready in just 20 minutes and oil-free, this vegan pasta dish is sure to become a family favorite!
This Fried Red Tomato Sandwich is a ripe twist on the old favorite, Fried Green Tomatoes. Instead of green tomatoes, this recipe uses ripe, red tomatoes and fries (or bakes!) them into crunchy, juicy perfection. They're delicious alone but absolutely superb on some toasted bread with chive mayo sauce.
Panzanella is an Italian tomato and bread salad originally made from leftovers. This simple tomato Panzanella salad is made from a base of crusty sourdough or ciabatta bread, a mix of fresh diced tomatoes, red wine vinaigrette, and fresh basil.
This Vegan Tomato and Feta Pasta Salad is the perfect dish to take to summertime potlucks, and it’s a great side dish for cookouts and picnics, too! This recipe uses fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and vegan feta cheese, and it’s super easy to make.
This simple and flavorful cucumber and tomato salad is light, refreshing and takes just minutes to make with only a few ingredients. Perfect for serving as a summer side salad, a light lunch or an appetizer for pasta night all year long! Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Tuscan pomarola is a delicious traditional homemade tomato sauce from Tuscany. It can be made with a combination of different types of fresh tomatoes or with just one type.In this recipe, I have paired my sauce with mixed pasta (pasta mista). This is a brilliant and economical way to use up leftover dried pasta, although, here in Italy, you can also buy packets of pasta mista.
This creamy and refreshing Vegan Ricotta Pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes is not only insanely easy to make, but delicious and will please the whole family. Delicious cold or warm, this pasta is great for potlucks or leftovers--even great for picky eaters! Boost the flavors with lemon and freshly cracked black pepper if desired.
This Shirazi Salad recipe (also known as Salad-e Shirazi) is a minimalist foodies’ dream! It’s made with simple ingredients, requires little prep, and packs in a mouthful of flavour. Made with diced cucumber, tomato, and onion (in this case spring onion) mixed with fresh parsley and dried mint, then tossed in a fresh citrus making for a zesty, delicious and healthy salad.
Homemade Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes is easy, flavourful and loaded with fresh ingredients. It makes the perfect topping for pizza, meatballs or pasta dishes, and comes together in just one pot!
Bulgur pilav (burgul pilaf) is burgul in a fresh tomato base. A classic Lebanese (Middle Eastern) dish that is wholesome and hearty. This is my family’s recipe, which is vegan friendly and can be used as a rice alternative.
These Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are tangy, sweet and you’ll want to eat them like candy! They’re slow-roasted, which intensifies their sweet flavor, yet they’re a healthy addition to pasta, salads, and sandwiches. They’re beyond easy to make with just 3 ingredients!
Whether you’ve got oodles of tomatoes growing in your garden, or you brought back some doozies from the farmers market, you can make the most amazing, delicious, and nutritious pasta sauce in the world out of your own kitchen.
This Roasted Tomato Soup recipe is a creamy, rich, and flavorful concoction made of fresh ingredients. The tomatoes, onions, and garlic are roasted to provide a deep, smoky flavor that is irresistible! The prep is quick, the ingredients are simple and it takes just 30 minutes to cook.
Tomato rice is an easy, simple lunch recipe you can make on busy days. This is a spicy, flavorful rice recipe that is perfect for lunch boxes too. The main ingredients are tomato and a few spice powders.
This vegan Crunchwrap supreme is a Taco Bell copycat and super easy to make! Made with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, vegan sour cream, tortillas and just a few other things, you can whip it up quickly with what you have around your vegan kitchen!
Tomato pickle is a great choice to take along when you travel. It is best paired with Idli/ dosa, curd rice or chapathi. Learn how to make this spicy and tangy thokku and also the tips to store this thokku for a long time.
Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Air Fryer Slow Roasted Tomatoes are made with 10 minutes of prep and just 4 ingredients. Full of amazing flavor, these make a delicious appetizer, side dish or main meal add-in. A great way to preserve your farmers’ market or summer bounty.
Made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, lemon, olive oil, capers and sea salt… it is heaven on a plate. This Angel Hair Pasta with Tomatoes and Lemon only takes five minutes to prep, less than five minutes to cook!
A quick and easy rice recipe (takes just about 30 minutes) to make with fresh homegrown tomatoes. This Instant Pot Tomato Biriyani is a great one-pot meal to make for weeknight dinner or to pack for a lunch box.
This classic Panzanella is a must-make tomato and bread salad! With crusty bread, fresh garden vegetables, and a simple, light homemade vinaigrette dressing, it’s the perfect recipe for get-togethers or a casual family dinner at home.
This easy delicious Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup recipe is a Panera Bread Copycat. Bursting with flavors of fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic. Smooth, creamy, naturally thickened & freezer friendly this fall comfort soup is a great way to use that harvest of fresh tomatoes
Instant Pot Homemade Marinara Sauce is an easy marinara sauce recipe that is a must have in every kitchen. Made with only fresh tomatoes, minus all artificial ingredients and sugar. This Spaghetti Sauce is perfect for any Italian meal, pizza, pasta or even soups.
This homemade salsa recipe gives you perfectly blended salsa in a matter of minutes! It is made with Roma tomatoes, red onions, jalapeños, habaneros, and a few other simple ingredients. Eat it with tortilla chips or as a topping for tacos!
This vegan chickpea and avocado sandwich is packed with protein and full of cilantro, celery, dill, green onion, lime and more! The perfect lunch recipe!
Lisa Viger Gotte
Hello! I'm Lisa, an artist, photographer, author, gardener, navel-gazer, and lover of the planet and all its inhabitants. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.