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40 Bright and Juicy Summer Tomato Recipes

Tomato season is our favorite season

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Summer gets all the best produce, from apricots to zucchinis – but nothing gets people excited like a peak season tomato. And, honestly, a good tomato doesn’t need much cooking to be delicious. Catch us slicing a nice, big heirloom up, sprinkling a bit of flaky salt on top, and calling it dinner. But if you want something a little more adorned (or perhaps you want to coax that height-of-summer flavor out of a tomato that isn’t quite show-stopping on its own) these tomato recipes will give you dozens of ways to enjoy your tomatoes.

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Nectarine Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Mint

Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio with Four Peppercorn Mix

Fresh Tomato Farfalle

Spicy Fennel-Tomato Chutney Bruschetta

The All-Time Go-To Formula for Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Tomato-Peach Spritzer

An Easy Focaccia Recipe Studded with Tomato Confit

Celebrate the Peak of Tomato Season with this Un-Fussy Salad

Tomato-Summer Squash Skewers

Eating These Meatless Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce Is a Tasty Way to Improve Gut Health

This Easy Vegan Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Is Pure Comfort

Spice-Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Caprese Pizza

Crushed Butter Beans with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado

Open-Face Tomato-Basil Sandwiches

Tomato, Sweet Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish

Black-Eyed Pea and Stewed Tomato Salad

Farfalle with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Vegetable Rosti with Tomato-Corn Relish

Broccoli Raab with Garlic, White Beans, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Charred Tomato, Pepper, and Onion Crostini

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomato and Yellow Squash Crumble

Eggplant Stacks with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Rustic Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Parsley Dressing

Tomato Tartare

Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup

Linguine with Grill-Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Pesto

Tomato Risotto with Pine Nuts

Hummus with Tomato-Mint Salsa

Spinach, Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne Rigate

Ginger-Tomato Sorbet

Spaghetti with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Bruschetta with White Bean Paste, Tomato Chutney, and Reduced Balsamic Glaze

Smoky Chipotle Penne with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Zucchini-Tomato Gratin

Laotian Eggplant with Tomatoes, Onion, and Mint

Wild Rice with Glazed Carrot and Tomato Ragoût

Heirloom Tomato & Sweet Corn Pizzas

Health Note

For most people, these tasty orbs happen to be super healthy. They’re packed with the antioxidant lycopene which is known for repelling disease-linked free radicals. Some research shows it may have properties that protect skin and bone health, and may even play a role in helping to prevent some forms of cancer. If you’re eating to maximize your lycopene intake, you’ll want to process the fruit’s skin in some way, like puréeing, crushing, or cooking – to absorb it best, and pair it with a bit of fat.

You may have heard that nightshades are linked to inflammation, but experts say the science on that has evolved. “The phytochemicals in tomatoes have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect,” Amanda Bontempo, an oncology dietitian at NYU told Consumer Reports. According to Bontempo, there is no evidence that supports any significant connection between consuming tomatoes and experiencing increased inflammation.


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