20 Recipes for Fresh Tomatoes
20 delicious ways to use fresh garden tomatoes, from sauces to soups to salads 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
This recipe just screams summer! I love this easy one-pan zucchini noodle dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!