10 New Ways to Eat Tomatoes


By: , – Bryn Mooth
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Tips for Best Tomato Taste
Choose unblemished ripe tomatoes from a farmers’ market or your family garden. Heirloom varieties come in different flavors and colors—for example, yellow tomatoes are generally milder and less acidic; some types remain green when fully ripe. Never store tomatoes in the refrigerator; they’ll lose flavor and get mealy. To make peeling easier, core the tomato, then scrape the blade of a small paring knife over the skin to loosen it.
Oven-Dried Tomatoes
Halve ripe tomatoes lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the sheet in the oven on the lowest temperature (150 to 170 degrees) and let the tomatoes dry for 8 hours, until they’re shrunken but still a little plump. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months. Keep reading for nine more ideas!

Tomato Salad with Tahini Dressing

Slice garden-ripe tomatoes (unpeeled) into thick slices; use an assortment of heirloom varieties for best taste and presentation. Thoroughly blend 2 tablespoons tahini, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Drizzle dressing over tomatoes.

No-Cook Tomato Sauce
This is a super fast, almost one-pot dish that’s ideal for the heat of summer when tomatoes are at their ripest. There’s nothing to it: Just fresh tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Perfect with whole-wheat spaghetti or as a bruschetta topping. Try this recipe today!

Easy Tomato Sauce
Peel and seed 6 ripe tomatoes; coarsely chop and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Bring tomatoes to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until you have a thick sauce, about 30 minutes. Add chopped fresh basil. Makes enough to sauce 4 servings of pasta.

Perfect Tomato Soup
This recipe from Chef Meg uses 2 pounds of ripe summer tomatoes; it’s creamy but contains no cream. Ask at your farmstand for less-expensive blemished tomatoes to use for this soup.
Summer Tomato Salad #1
Halve 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (red, yellow or mixed). Add 1 cup of ciliegine (mini fresh mozzarella balls). Add zest and juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons good olive oil, sliced fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Summer Tomato Salad #2
Halve 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (red, yellow or mixed). Peel, seed and dice 1 ripe avocado. Toss tomatoes and avocado with juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons good olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Best Summer Tomato Sandwich
Toast 2 thick slices of whole-grain or sourdough bread; spread 1 slice with prepared hummus (plain or flavored), add thick slices of the best, ripest tomato you can find and top with the other slice of toasted bread. Enjoy—with a napkin. 

Fresh Tomato Salsa
When tomatoes are in season, ditch the store-bought salsa and make your own! It’s easy: just chop tomatoes, green onion, garlic and peppers. Here’s how.

Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Tomato and Basil
For each serving, begin with a boneless, skinless chicken breast; use a knife to cut a deep pocket starting at the thickest edge (not all the way through). Open the chicken breast like a book; season with salt and pepper and layer two slices of ripe tomato and 3 or 4 large fresh basil leaves. Close the pocket and use toothpicks to secure; rub outside of chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill on medium heat until done, 8 to 10 minutes per side.
Bryn Mooth is extending her 20-year career in publishing as an independent journalist and copywriter. She shares seasonal recipes, kitchen techniques, healthy eating tips and food wisdom on her blog writes4food.com.

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  • 28
    Love tomatoes! I especially love the Black Cherry Cherry tomatoes! I'm happy when we have an abundance of tomatoes because then I make baked tomato sauce; sometimes I even roast eggplant with the tomatoes. When all the veggies are roasted, put them into a food processor and use or freeze. YUM! - 5/17/2016   7:18:24 PM
    We usually have grape tomatoes and zucchini in our garden. I toss them (tomatoes halved, zucchini sliced) with olive oil and garlic and oven roast them for about 25 mins. I use hot water to de-glaze the baking sheet, and serve it all over whole wheat pasta, topping with parmesan. Great veggie dinner, or side dish with grilled chicken. - 5/17/2016   8:21:31 AM
  • 26
    I love making tortilla wraps with tomatoes, even using slices instead of sauce for pizza and pasta. I never considered oven-dried! Oh Boy!
    Btw, I've lost weight utilizing olive oil, beans and other non-animal sources of fat. - 4/23/2015   2:13:05 AM
  • 25
    What great ideas! Thanks so much. - 7/29/2014   9:37:56 PM
  • 24
    I like the "no cook tomato sauce", salsa and the sandwich with hummus. Great new ideas THanks - 6/23/2014   7:57:17 AM
    Love tomatoes and try all new recipes that are compatible with my diabetic guidelines thank you for the new to me ones. - 3/27/2014   4:41:35 PM
  • 22
    they look delicious Mmmmmmmmmmmmm - 9/15/2013   10:21:13 AM
  • 21
    great ideas for tomatoes. Had the salad#1;very good! - 7/18/2013   1:58:34 PM
  • 20
    Great ideas with the tomatoes coming fresh from the garden right now.
    Thanks. - 7/8/2013   12:11:04 PM
  • 19
    Adding olive oil to all these - why? Empty calories of FAT. Not needed. - 7/6/2013   12:59:17 PM
  • 18
    duplicate post - 7/6/2013   12:57:55 PM
  • 17
    Why ruin oven dried tomatoes by "drizzling" oil on them? Empty calories and fat added for no valid reason???? Ruins the health of the raw product by adding that oil. - 7/6/2013   12:57:50 PM
    Thank you! I love tomatoes and haven't tried a few of these ways. I am so going to! - 7/1/2013   8:24:07 PM
  • 15
    WOW! I had no idea there were so many different ways to eat tomaotoes. - 6/28/2013   8:24:16 AM
  • 14
    Thanks for some really delicious looking recipes! I love tomatoes any way I can get them. Nothing beats a ripe tomato! - 6/27/2013   6:16:46 PM
    I core a tomato by using a paring knife. I plunge the knife in at the stem end and work it around the whole stem depression at a slight inward angle. The core usually pulls right out when I pull out the knife. - 9/5/2012   6:35:29 AM
    Thank you for tomato tip. I didn't know it not good to store them in refrigerator. and the recipes are awesome ideas thank you - 9/2/2012   7:36:37 PM
  • 11
    I love tomatoes!! I can eat them everyday... and at every meal!! I especially love the fresh tomato salad with tomatoes cut in wedges, sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions (in rounds), black olives, with fresh basil. Little olive oil and red wine vinegar. Heaven!! - 8/31/2012   6:34:53 PM
  • 10
    I love tomatoes!! I can eat them everyday... and at every meal!! I especially love the fresh tomato salad with tomatoes cut in wedges, sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions (in rounds), black olives, with fresh basil. Little olive oil and red wine vinegar. Heaven!! - 8/31/2012   6:34:53 PM
  • 9
    How do you core a tomato? - 8/31/2012   9:59:01 AM
  • 8
    Yum! Now... all I need are some hints on how to keep the racoons from eating my crop before I can pick it! - 8/31/2012   8:09:34 AM
  • 7
    I LOVE tomatoes any ole way you fix them.....YUMMY YUM!!!!! - 8/30/2012   11:49:14 PM
    I love tomatoes. - 8/30/2012   11:17:53 PM
  • 5
    I'd love to see something like this for eggplant! It's a staple in my family's meals and new ways to prepare it would be fantastic! - 8/30/2012   9:22:13 PM
  • 4
    Tomatoes with fresh mozzarella salad has been one of my favorites for several years. I've used regular mozzarella when I couldn't get fresh but it just isn't quite the same. I use balsamic vinegar and EVOO rather then lemon juice but that's just a matter of personal taste. Either way this is so yummy! - 8/30/2012   8:57:23 PM
  • 3
    Oh my gosh, these all look so good! And I love tomatoes - 8/30/2012   8:04:15 PM
  • 2
    Yummy,they all look great, will be trying these for sure! - 8/30/2012   6:16:55 PM
  • MICHELLE_H0501
    I just love tomatoes. I will be sure to try some if not all of these recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. - 8/30/2012   2:15:26 PM

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