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40 Fresh Tomato Recipes You'll Love

Here are some of our favorite ways to use fresh tomatoes in appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, salads, pastas and pizzas.
Chicken, Tomato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

Chicken, Tomato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

We gave homey mac and cheese a refresh. The saucepan sauce is made without a flour thickener, so it's lighter-tasting than baked versions. And adding veggies and chicken makes it a well-rounded meal.

Chicken, Tomato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

Tomato Galette

Tender Parmesan-pepper pastry cradles heirloom tomatoes, shallots, goat cheese and fresh herbs in a fold-over tart that's ideal for weekend brunch. Serve it warm or at room temperature, though the leftovers taste great cold—if you have any!

Tomato Galette 

Tropical Tomato Salsa

Try this sweet, colorful salsa with chips, fish or chicken, and feel free to switch the mango or melon for other summer fruits.

Tropical Tomato Salsa

Greek Orzo Salad

Olives and feta give salty punch to this pasta salad from Surdyk's Liquor and Cheese Shop in Minneapolis. 

Greek Orzo Salad

Fresh Tomato Tart

This recipe has been a favorite with Midwest Living® readers since it was first published in August 2000. It's from Geri Boesen, creative director of the magazine. Geri combines Midwest-grown tomatoes (her favorites are from her home state of Iowa, of course) with fresh basil in a cheesy tart.

Fresh Tomato Tart

Cheddar-Tomato Cobbler

Sweet cherry tomatoes and caramelized onions bubble under cheesy cornmeal biscuits. Serve with a crisp lettuce salad for a meat-free harvest supper.

Cheddar Tomato Cobbler 

Roasted Cherry Tomato Chutney on Squash

Annie France of Mission, Kansas, invented this beautiful summer dish. Juicy cherry tomatoes are roasted and served over spaghetti squash with herbs and mozzarella balls. Annie says she serves it as a side dish, but we think it would make a fantastic meatless main.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Chutney on Squash

Roasted Summer Vegetable Pizzettes

Roast fresh tomatoes, onion, sweet pepper and seasonings for a summer vegetable puree that tops whole wheat or white pita bread rounds. Smoked mozzarella adds another punch of flavor in this recipe from Sarah Slater of Casa Nueva restaurant in Athens, Ohio.

Roasted Summer Vegetable Pizzettes

Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

Shredded chicken makes this gorgeous salad hearty enough to serve on its own for dinner.

Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

The sweet tomatoes blend with tangy-mellow balsamic vinegar and basil. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the liquid.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Basil-Tomato Salad

Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette coats a fresh mix of lettuce, basil, and grape or plum tomatoes. For a meal, serve with chicken or fish drizzled with the vinaigrette.

Basil-Tomato Salad

Mama Carolla's Bruschetta

All our favorite Italian flavors—garlic, tomato, basil and cheese—meet in this crunchy appetizer. The recipe is from Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant in Indianapolis.

Mama Carolla's Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato and Onion Quiche

The recipe was developed for heirloom tomatoes such as Cherokee Purple or Brandywine, but if those aren't available, use whatever kind of tomatoes you like. Drain sliced tomatoes on a paper towel before adding them to the quiche.

Heirloom Tomato and Onion Quiche

Grilled Tomato Melts

Gooey Monterey Jack cheese bubbles inside fresh tomatoes, while chopped sweet peppers and toasted sliced almonds add crunch.

Grilled Tomato Melts

Suncrest Gardens Farm Garden Delight

Sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and summer squash top Garden Delight pizza from Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin.

Suncrest Gardens Farm Garden Delight

Roasted Jalapeno Gazpacho

Going to the trouble to roast a single pepper might seem unnecessary, but it adds a unique depth of flavor to the chilled soup. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

Roasted Jalapeno Gazpacho

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

A simple sweet-sour dressing coats fresh tomatoes and red onions. For the best color and flavor, vary the variety of tomatoes. Tiny ones can be left whole; larger ones can be sliced or cut in wedges.

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

Tomato and Cheese Tart

Assorted varieties of tomatoes add color and freshness to this puff pastry tart. The pastry can be made ahead, then topped and baked at the last minute.

Tomato and Cheese Tart

Fresh Veggie Pizza

This pizza is packed full of vegetables: tomtatoes, zucchini or yellow summer squash, sweet peppers, fresh mushrooms, green onions and more. If you have kids, have them help make this with their favorite vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Pizza

Grilled Chicken and Garden Vegetable Penne Pasta

Tomatoes, squash, red sweet peppers and green onions give garden-fresh flavor to this chicken-and-pasta main dish. Also, the vegetables add nice color to the recipe, which comes from the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio.

Grilled Chicken and Garden Vegetable Penne Pasta

Suncrest Gardens Farm's Pesto Pizza

Heather Secrist uses kale in her pesto for this tomatoey creation, though you can substitute arugula, spinach or basil if you prefer. "Pesto can be frozen in ice cube trays for use throughout the year," says Heather, owner of Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin. "Once frozen, place the cubes in a freezer bag to pull out as you need them."

Suncrest Gardens Farm's Pesto Pizza

Tomato-Zucchini Strata

Swiss cheese, plump tomatoes, tender zucchini and herbs flavor this rich breakfast bake. Bonus: You can make it a day ahead and bake it in the morning.

Tomato-Zucchini Strata

Zucchini-Pepperoni Pizza Frittata

Melty mozzarella covers tomatoes, zucchini, pepperoni, and fresh herbs in this quick-fix brunch dish.

Zucchini-Pepperoni Pizza Frittata

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables

A backyard garden's worth of colorful summer veggies fill this beautiful potluck salad. The toasted bread chunks absorb the dressing and juices from the tomatoes; you won't believe how delicious they taste! 

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables 

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Tomato plants gone wild? This giant batch of salsa will help deplete the vines.

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Basil, Chicken and Tomatoes

For a fresh twist on Caprese salad, stack roma tomatoes, avocado slices and deli-roasted chicken. A squeeze of lime and sprinkling of fresh basil add just the right finishing touches.

Basil, Chicken and Tomatoes

Grilled Green Tomatoes with Garden Herb Salad

This recipe is perfect just before the beginning of tomato season and just as it ends. Grilling the tomatoes gives them a smokiness that complements their natural tanginess. 

Grilled Green Tomatoes with Garden Herb Salad

Fresh Green Tomato Relish

Don't let any hard, unripened tomatoes go to waste! Pile this gingery, sweet-tart relish on brats or hamburgers, or serve it over grilled fish. The relish keeps well in the fridge for 1 week, but if you like, it can be canned for longer storage or to be given as gifts.

Fresh Green Tomato Relish 

Grilled Steak Sandwich with Herbed Tomato Sauce

Move over, burgers! There's a new sandwich in town. Rosemary and oregano season a rustic, open-face pileup that's ready in just 35 minutes.

Grilled Steak Sandwich with Herbed Tomato Sauce 

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

Red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and plenty of herbs and spices add color and flavor to this bountiful pasta salad. Sprinkle fresh basil on top.

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

Chicken, Tomato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

We gave homey mac and cheese a refresh. The saucepan sauce is made without a flour thickener, so it's lighter-tasting than baked versions. And adding veggies and chicken makes it a well-rounded meal.

Chicken, Tomato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

Chef's Garden Salad

A salad showcases garden goodies like few other dishes. You can prepare this variation of a classic layered salad in either a 3-quart clear bowl or eight 16-ounce glasses.

Chef's Garden Salad

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic-Basil Toast

Kalamata olives add flavor to the homemade tomato sauce in this vegetarian pasta meal. And it's ready in 20 minutes!

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic-Basil Toast

Tomato Salad with Queso Fresco

Chicago chef Rick Bayless says that the most intuitive approach to Mexican tomato salad is to recast chopped salsa ingredients--tomatoes, chopped green chiles, onions, cilantro and lime. "It's so delicious, such a no-brainer, and I've probably done it a hundred times," he says.

The guajillo chiles in Rick's recipe are smooth, shiny and reddish brown. In the world of chiles, they taste moderately hot.

Tomato Salad with Queso Fresco

Bacon Lettuce Tomato Salad

Shad Kirton, award-winning chef and co-owner of Absolute Flavors Catering/Smokey D's BBQ in Des Moines, created this salad based on the classic sandwich.

Bacon Lettuce Tomato Salad

Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa

"A very good fresh tomato salsa is within everyone's reach," says Chicago chef Rick Bayless. He developed this recipe for people who aren't knife wizards. It uses a food processor for the garlic, green chile, cilantro and half the tomatoes. "Green onions are the easiest to cut," he says, "but feel free to use white or red onion if that's what's available or appealing."

Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa

Super-Simple Tomato Salad

For an easy summer appetizer, slice heirloom or other fresh tomatoes and season lightly with salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil. It will only take a minute, but it's special enough to serve guests.

Super-Simple Tomato Salad

Fresh Tomato and Arugula Pasta

Arugula is a spicy little green that gives this fresh tomato pasta a peppery bite. For a more mellow flavor, use spinach instead of arugula.

Fresh Tomato and Arugula Pasta

Fresh Corn, Tomato and Chipotle Chile Salsa

Homemade salsa bursts with freshness thanks to straight-from-the-garden corn, tomatoes and sweet peppers. Chipotle chiles add a hint of heat alongside the tangy lime juice. It's like a bite of summer when scooped up on corn chips. You can also serve it with grilled meat or poultry.

Fresh Corn, Tomato and Chipotle Chile Salsa

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