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16 Best Ways to Enjoy Summer Tomatoes

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If your backyard is overflowing with sun-ripened, plump, and juicy summer tomatoes, these delicious and easy recipes are the best ways to use them! While there are varieties that are available to us all year round, tomatoes that are blessed by the summer sun are just incomparable—they are extra flavorful, bursting with sweet-tangy juices, and have that beautiful deep red sheen. There are endless ways to use them in salads, soups, stews, pasta sauces and more.

Ultimate Tomato Toast

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If you make just one recipe, make this be it be this one, it’s truly the BEST tomato toast. It’s slightly fancy, but also really quick and easy to throw together! It’s ready in just 10 minutes with a few simple upgrades. One bite and you’ll be making it as long as you can get your hands on fresh tomatoes.

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Tomato Mozzarella Panini

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This copycat Starbucks tomato mozzarella panini recipe is an easy meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes, can easily be prepped ahead, and is loaded with classic Caprese flavors. It oozes with summer flavors.

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Roasted Grape Tomatoes Recipe

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This roasted grape tomatoes recipe is made with pantry staples and is a delicious way to preserve tomatoes if you’ve got a grape or cherry tomato plant that’s going crazy.

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Traditional Greek Cucumber Salad Recipe

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You’ll love this Greek cucumber salad that’s made with fresh veggies! It’s refreshing, easy-to-make, and made with basic ingredients that will be extra delicious when you use summer tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Easy Chinese Tomato Egg Stir Fry

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Chinese stir-fried tomato and scrambled egg recipe with a sweet & savory sauce made with fresh tomatoes and fluffy scrambled eggs – this is the ultimate Asian comfort food.

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Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce! This a delicious fresh tomato sauce recipe using summer tomatoes, garlic, and onion. No blanching required! Serve over pasta with fresh basil for a light and fresh meal.

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Homemade Tomato Sauce for Canning (Spaghetti Sauce)

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Transform fresh tomatoes into a healthy, canned tomato sauce that’s better than any jarred spaghetti sauce. It’s a great way to preserve some of that summer bounty.

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Cherry Tomato Pasta

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This cherry tomato pasta features a simple, homemade sauce using fresh cherry tomatoes, pasta and plenty of basil. A staple weeknight summer recipe and easily vegan. 

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Panzanella Salad – Tomato and Bread Salad

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An Italian Panzanella salad is a rustic blend of tomatoes, bread, and other salad vegetables. It’s a delicious summer salad recipe. If you’re looking for backyard picnic party ideas, this Tuscan salad will really hit the spot.

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Italian Burrata Stuffed Tomato Appetizer

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If you’re looking for bite-sized finger food, why not consider making filled tomatoes with fresh burrata? This Italian burrata stuffed tomato appetizer only calls for four ingredients plus salt and pepper. It’s quick, simple, colorful, and appetizing without being too filling. 

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Pappa al Pomodoro Soup – Italian Tomato and Bread Soup

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Pappa al pomodoro soup is an Italian tomato and bread soup. This authentic Italian recipe can be prepared with stale or leftover bread and tomatoes and it makes a delicious lunch. If you love fresh flavors, this light, sweet Tuscan tomato soup will definitely appeal to your palate.

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Pico de Gallo

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The best pico de gallo recipe! If you are looking for a fresh homemade salsa recipe, you must try this one. With only 5 ingredients, you’ll want to make this pico de gallo recipe all year.

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Heirloom Italian Burrata Caprese Salad

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Whether you prepare this heirloom Italian burrata caprese salad as a side dish or appetizer, it’s so good. I’m sure you’ll love the flavors it offers in every bite.

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Italian Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil

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This Italian Tomato Salad is easy and refreshing. Perfect for picnics, light summer dinners, or anytime you crave the taste of sweet tomatoes and fresh basil.

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Shakshuka for One

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Enjoy this mouthwatering Shakshuka (North African poached eggs) made in a spicy tomato sauce for breakfast or brunch. Make shakshuka for one if you don’t want any leftovers or you can scale up for the whole family!

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Marinated Tomato Basil Salad

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This marinated tomato salad is full of fresh flavor and can be used as a side dish or a topping for chicken, beef, or fish. You’ll be enjoying this simple tomato salad all summer long.

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