Fresh tomato recipes! 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! If you don’t have time to use your tomatoes right away, you can even Freeze Tomatoes for later. Another way of preserving them is to blanch, peel, and can them. 

Tomatoes are used in many different recipes from around the world from Mexican to Mediterranean! With such versatility, there are countless fresh tomato recipes. Did I miss any of your favorites? 

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

Sauces Made with Fresh 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 Appetizers and Snacks 

A close-up photo of heirloom tomato Caprese salad with mozzarella and basil. A great fresh tomato recipe.

Salads Featuring Tomatoes 

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

Main Dish Tomato Recipes

Yield: 4 servings

20+ Best Tomato Recipes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

These healthy fresh tomato recipes are perfect for when your garden is overflowing with tomatoes! From fresh salsa to bruschetta to marinara sauce, there's something for everyone. You'll love this classic Caprese salad that really highlights ripe summer tomatoes.

A plate of Caprese salad made with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.


  • 1 (8 oz.) ball fresh mozzarella
  • 2-3 medium-large tomatoes (I used heriloom tomatoes)
  • 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • flaky sea salt
  • freshly cracked pepper


  1. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella crosswise ¼ inch thick.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes and mozzarella on a large plate, in an overlapping pattern.
  3. Tuck the basil leaves in between the tomatoes and mozzarella and scatter on top.
  4. Drizzle the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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