12 Tantalizing Tomato Recipes You Must Try

By , SparkPeople Blogger
All hail the tomato! Not only are they delicious, they're chock full of health-boosting antioxidants, carotenoids, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and could even help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to WebMD. Plus, you can get your hands on tomatoes all year round.

While you can always just slice a tomato, add a little salt and enjoy, there are plenty of more creative ways to turn this versatile fruit into the star of a satisfying meal.

1. Grilled Okra & Tomato Skewers
Okra and tomatoes make a surprisingly well-suited pair, especially when they're skewered, grilled, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze, and seasoned with pepper and sea salt. Add them to a bed of fresh greens for a succulent summer salad.

Image via GrillGirl.com
2. Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Tomato Jam
Satisfy your sweet tooth without dooming your diet with these wholesome treats. The thumbprints of the cornmeal dough are filled with tomato jam, which stays fresh in the fridge for up to six months.

3. Panzanella (Bread & Tomato Salad)
One bite of this zesty salad and you'll feel like you could be sitting in a trendy Italian bistro. It's a great way to use up extra bread, along with cucumber, onion, capers and, of course, fresh tomatoes. A blend of seasonings and feta cheese add unique flavor.

4. Herbed Tuna in Tomatoes
Who needs sandwiches when you can serve herbed tuna inside fresh, hollowed-out tomatoes? Prepare these zesty bowls to add a gourmet flair to lunch, or use them as a unique hors d'oeuvre. 

5. Avocado Tomato Salad
This light, refreshing salad pairs tangy tomatoes with fresh avocado over a bed of greens, for a versatile dish that can serve as an appetizer or the main event. Did we mention it's vegan?

Image via HurrytheFoodUp
6. Tomato Vegetable Casserole
Put a succulent summer spin on a traditional veggie casserole by layering it with fresh sliced tomatoes.  

7. Greek Tomato Tart
It might look like a dessert at first glance, but this mouth-watering pie could be a meal in itself. Fresh pastry is loaded with sliced plum tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then drizzled with olive oil, seasoned and baked to a golden brown.

8. Grilled Bleu Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes
When it comes to unique veggie side dishes, GrillGirl knocked it out of the park with these cheese-stuffed, grilled tomatoes. Bonus: They're just as easy on the eyes as they are pleasing to the palate.

IImage via GrillGirl.com
9. Easy Tomato Spinach Pasta
Fresh tomatoes pay a supportive (but essential) role in this vitamin-rich pasta dish. Healthy family meal in less than half an hour: Check!

Image via HurrytheFoodUp
10. Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup with Crostini Skewers
All tomato soup is not created equal. Case in point: Grilled tomatoes add a smoky flavor to make this bisque far from boring. Crostini skewers on the side are perfect for dipping, and boost the dish's kid-friendly factor. 

Image via GrillGirl.com
11. Pork Cutlets with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes
Thin-sliced pork tenderloin and pan-roasted tomatoes—seasoned to perfection with vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper—are a match made in dinner heaven.

12. Spinach Tomato Quesadillas
There's always room for cheese, especially when it gets cozy inside a tortilla with spinach, tomato and pesto. Packed full of vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium, this dish is far healthier than its taste implies. 

Image via HurrytheFoodUp
Which of these tomato recipes would you like to try? Any other favorites you'd add to the list?

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SNUZYQ2 5/4/2021
Wow...what fabulous recipes! Thank you for sharing! Report
FISHGUT3 3/31/2021
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JENNIREV 3/23/2021
I want to try the tomato jam. It might satisfy cravings for my student’s tamales. Report
DEE107 11/13/2020
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JANS-JOURNEY 9/20/2020
I tried the Greek Tart and it is delicious just note that the calorie count is a little high. My husband loved it and said I am glad there are more tomatoes. Report
ON_A_DIET 9/18/2020
I like 3 = bread & tomato salad
I like 9 = tomato spinach pasta
I like 12= spinach tomato quesadilla Report
2DAWN4 9/18/2020
I can't wait to try some of these recipes! Report
MWHIGGINS 9/18/2020
perfect timing!! I'm swimming in yellow tomatoes rght now Report
CECELW 9/18/2020
I would like to try the greek tomato tart Report
NEPTUNE1939 9/18/2020
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TURQUROISE 9/18/2020
I am trying this fire tomato soup recipe this weekend with my leftover tomato Report
RAPUNZEL53 9/18/2020
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-POOKIE- 9/18/2020
Great ideas. Report
JANIEWWJD 9/18/2020
Loved all the recipes!!! Report
Thanks for sharing. Great information Report
Yum ! Can't wait to try some of these. Report
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Great ideas! Report
thank you Report
looks good Report
yummy. Report
These are great recipes. I saved some of them to my collection or Pinterest.. Report
All great suggestions. Report
Yummy, yummy, yum! Report
I'm hungry so they all look delicious Report
I like tomatoes but can't do even half of these recipes..... Report
Spinach never looked so good!!! Yummy. Report
Thanks for the great ideas! :) Report
Wow, some good looking dishes. Report
Great ideas Report
Yum! Definitely going to make the salad. Report
#1 way - a tomato fresh from your garden sliced with a little salt. YUM

My other favorite is a caprese salad - chopped fresh tomato, chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Heaven.

I can't wait to start growing fresh tomatoes again.

If you've never had a fresh tomato straight from the garden of a family member or friend, you're really missing out. The flavor is just superb compared to store-bought. Report
Disagree with most posters - these "ideas" sound dreadful Report
SP does a great job of providing us with variations of healthy foods. Thank you SP Report
These recipes are great, if only you could make them without tomatoes! I will try that. Report
All recipes for the Grill Girl come up as not found, can you recheck your links? Report
The cover photo is just simple sliced tomatoes, sliced fresh mozzarella, sprinkled with fresh chopped basil, and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a summer time staple when tomatoes ripen! Report
I too would have liked the recipe for the cover photo.

What about the "Mater Sandwich"?I have heard it is the preferred sandwich down in the Southern part of the United States. I have tried it with fresh from the garden tomatoes and it IS delicious! It is a sliced tomato sandwich ~ that you layer tomato-mayo-tomato-mayo between two pieces of bread that have mayo on each bread slice. Report
The first one sounded interesting only I am not even sure I can buy okra where I live. Report
Great! Report
Thanks for the quick responses! I'll have to try it. Report
I know that's a stacked caprese on the cover photo, but it seems a little silly not to have included the recipe yet used that picture... Report
I love tomatoes! Thank you for the ideas! Report
Magrobb - that picture looks like a stacked caprese salad. You'll find lots of good recipes for caprese salad if you Google it. It's one of my favorite dishes during tomato season since all it requires is tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Some people add other stuff, but I like it that way. If you like the picture, you can just stack the tomato and mozzarella slices like they do there. Report
Where's the recipe for the stacked tomato with filling? It looks wonderful, but I can/t tell what's in between the slices. Report