20 delicious ways to use fresh garden tomatoes, from sauces to soups to salads and more.

20 delicious recipes that use fresh tomatoes, from salsa, to sauce, to spaghetti, salad, and more.

It’s summertime, and I’m trying to pick my tomatoes before the birds do! My favorite varieties to grow have been red and yellow cherry tomatoes, Costoluto Genovese, and Roma. While there’s not much better than sun warmed juicy cherry tomatoes straight from the vine, there are so many great recipes we can make with fresh tomatoes too. From fresh tomato sauce, to salsa, to creative recipes from my favorite bloggers, I’ve rounded up a bunch of fresh tomato recipes for you to try! What’s your favorite way to use fresh tomatoes?

This delicious marinara pasta sauce is easy to make with fresh garden tomatoes.

Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

All winter long I use jarred tomatoes or passata (tomato puree) to make our tomato sauce for pasta. When we have just way too many fresh tomatoes, however, I love to make a big pot of fresh tomato marinara. This recipe is so easy and has gotten great reviews year after year.

This easy blender salsa recipe is made with fresh tomatoes.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Salsa is another recipe that often calls for canned or jarred tomatoes. Fresh Roma or plum tomatoes work just as well though! Pop them into a the food processor or blender and you’ll have fresh, homemade salsa in minutes. My kids think it’s so fun to make this salsa for summer taco nights.

Classic tomato bruschetta recipe


Maybe it is because it was the first recipe I learned to make when living in Italy, but bruschetta will always have a special place in my heart. Bruschetta al Pomodoro is my go-to for parties and always a crowd-pleaser. Fresh summer tomatoes really shine in this simple Italian recipe.

Delicious and easy, this vegan tomato soup is made with fresh tomatoes!

Fresh Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is so easy to make with fresh summer tomatoes and basil. The ingredients are roasted in the oven and then pureed in a blender. This soup is great hot or cold.

Zoodles with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and White Beans 

This recipe just screams summer! I love this easy one-pan zucchini noodle dinner.

Vegan farro salad with arugula, tomatoes, and cucumber. I love this healthy summer salad.

Farro Salad with Arugula and Tomatoes

Farro salads are extremely popular in Italy. Farro is a hearty grain similar to barley and happens to be even higher in protein than quinoa. This hearty salad is one of my favorite lunches.

Chickpea Greek Salad

This Greek inspired chickpea salad is loaded with flavor and deliciously fresh ingredients. It’s one of my favorites to make ahead for the week.

Lentils are a great source of plant based protein. In the winter I love lentil soups, but in warmer months lentil salads like this one with mustard vinaigrette are on the menu.


Caprese Bruschetta Bites with heirloom tomatoes and balsamic are the perfect appetizer for parties.

Caprese Bruschetta Bites

These little beauties are topped with heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. I would now use a vegan mozzarella such as Miyoko’s Mozz.

Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

Big beautiful heirloom tomatoes get stuffed with Caprese quinoa with tangy balsamic. You don’t have to stuff the tomatoes though, the Caprese quinoa is just as tasty on it’s own. Again, vegan Mozzarella could easily be used here.

This beautiful and delicious veggie pizza just screams summer! Topped with cherry tomatoes and zucchini ribbons, this fresh pizza doesn't have any sauce.

Summer Pizza with Zucchini Ribbons and Cherry Tomatoes

Let’s look at even more fresh tomato recipes from some of my favorite bloggers!

Tomato Gazpacho with Crispy Falafel Chickpeas from Rhubarbarians

White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad from Veggies Save the Day

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho from The View From Great Island

These colors are just. so. beautiful.

Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette & Avocado from Cadry’s Kitchen

I love all of these ingredients!

Zucchini Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes from Vegan Yack Attack

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup From Scratch from Vegan in the Freezer

Braised Eggplant in Fresh Tomato Sauce from May I Have That Recipe

Vegan Kidney Bean Salad with Tomato, Parsley and Walnuts from Avocado Pesto

Simple Summer Tomato Salad from Trial and Eater

Homemade Pizza Sauce from Watch What U Eat

Fregola Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil from Veggie Inspired

Cherry Tomatoes Roasted in the Oven from Healing Tomato

I hope you found some fresh new recipes to try when you have tomatoes coming out your ears! I’ll leave you with this short video for homemade salsa!