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30 Fresh Tomato Recipes You Must Try This Summer

Pull them from the vine, grab them from the market—however you get your hands on fresh tomatoes, celebrate tomato season with these simple, fresh dishes.

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Garden tomato salad

For as long as I can remember, Mom made a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers. Now I make it whenever beautiful tomatoes are in reach. —Shannon Arthur, Wheelersburg, Ohio

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Cucumber-stuffed cherry tomatoes

This is a wonderful appetizer that you can make ahead. I often triple the recipe because they disappear fast. —Christi Martin, Elko, Nevada

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Mild tomato salsa

I got this salsa recipe from my sister, and my children and I have been making batches of it ever since. We pair pint jars with packages of tortilla chips for zesty Christmas gifts. When the kids give this present to their teachers, they can truly say they helped make it. —Pamela Lundstrum, Bird Island, Minnesota

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Tomato-French bread lasagna

For a big hearty meal, I make this recipe as a side dish to go with veal cutlets or a roast. But you could also serve the beefy lasagna as a main dish. Just pair it with a tossed green salad and loaf of garlic bread. —Patricia Collins, Imbler, Oregon

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Fresh corn & tomato fettuccine

This recipe combines delicious whole wheat pasta with the best of fresh garden produce. It’s tossed with heart-healthy olive oil, and a little feta cheese gives it bite. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida

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Fresh tomato bruschetta

The topping for this simple fresh tomato bruschetta appetizer can be put together ahead of time and refrigerated. We also love it on top of grilled chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, and homemade pizza. —Samantha Cass, Swartz Creek, Michigan

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Spinach-topped tomatoes

The perfect taste of summer, this colorful side dish is sure to please. The spinach and tomato, combined with the Parmesan cheese, give it a fabulous fresh flavor. My daughter especially loves this dish, which I make often. —Ila Mae Alderman, Galax, Virginia

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Rustic tomato cheese tart

My fresh tomato tart is perfect when you want a taste of summer any time of year. The crust stays nice and crisp and the toppings are bursting with garden-fresh flavor! —Moji Dabney, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

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Tomatoes with buttermilk vinaigrette

I like to make the most of tomatoes when plentiful, and I love an old-fashioned homemade dressing with a summery taste. — Judith Foreman, Alexandria, Virginia

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Shrimp fettuccine with no-cook tomato sauce

Dressing pasta doesn’t get any easier than this. Chopped tomatoes and fresh basil come together in a light sauce that’s great with almost anything you decide to add to it—in this case, shrimp. —Sally Stiefvater, Pelham, New York

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Tomato-onion phyllo pizza

With a delicate crust and lots of lovely tomatoes on top, this dish is a special one to serve to guests. I make it often when fresh garden tomatoes are in season. It freezes well unbaked, so I can keep one on hand to pop in the oven for a quick dinner.—Neta Cohen, Bedford, Virginia

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Artichoke tomato salad

For a little zip, crumble feta over the top of this artichoke tomato salad. Add shredded rotisserie chicken for a beautiful main dish. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona

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Cherry tomato salad

This recipe evolved from a need to use the bumper crops of delicious cherry tomatoes we grow. It’s become a summer favorite, especially at cookouts. —Sally Sibley, St. Augustine, Florida

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Balsamic chicken with roasted tomatoes

This entree is a great way to savor fresh tomatoes, especially during the warm summer months. It’s quite simple, but the sweet, tangy tomato glaze is just so good. —Karen Gehrig, Concord, North Carolina

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Fire and ice tomatoes

You won’t miss the salt in this refreshing tomato salad! It’s well-seasoned with cayenne pepper, mustard seed, and vinegar but not the least bit spicy. This dish is always a hit at potlucks. —Nan Rickey, Yuma, Arizona

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Bacon caprese salad

In summer, I am always looking for ways to use the fresh basil and tomatoes that grow in my herb garden. This recipe combines the two flavors in a wonderful salad that you can make any time of year! —Mary Ann Turk, Joplin, Missouri

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Heirloom tomato & zucchini salad

Tomato wedges give this salad a juicy bite. It’s a great use of fresh herbs and veggies from your own garden or the farmers market. —Matthew Hass, Sussex, Wisconsin

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Broiled parmesan and swiss tomatoes

Planning to serve steak or tenderloin? These cheesy tomatoes make the ideal accompaniment. Plus, the recipe is simple to double for guests. —Mary Price, Youngstown, Ohio

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Tomato and avocado salad

Here’s a cool alternative to guacamole. The slightly tart dressing showcases the garden-fresh flavors of ruby-red tomatoes and ripe avocados. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Fresh heirloom tomato salad

This tomato salad is a summertime must. The standout dressing takes these tasty ingredients to a brand-new level. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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No-Cook fresh tomato sauce

Try this sauce at times when you have a box of pasta or a store-bought pizza shell and need a sure-fire topping. Dinner is served. —Julianne Schnuck, Taste of Home designer

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Festive tomato wedges

Since I have a large vegetable and herb garden, many of the ingredients in this recipe are truly “homegrown.” I found this simple recipe in a magazine years ago and it quickly became a favorite at family picnics. —Wilma Purcell, Alma, Illinois

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Balsamic cucumber salad

This fast, fresh salad is a winner at every get together. It’s an easygoing, healthy side dish for kabobs, chicken or anything hot off the grill. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia

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Triple tomato flatbread

Tomatoes are the reason I have a vegetable garden, and I developed this recipe as a way to show off my garden’s plum, sun-dried and cherry tomatoes. It’s so easy, and will absolutely impress. —Rachel Kimbrow, Portland, Oregon

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Dill garden salad

I love to cut up whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand and toss them with this delicious dressing and fresh dill. This salad shows up on our table regularly during the summer. —Bethany Martin, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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Fresh tomato relish

My two grown sons (I have two granddaughters) actually eat this as a salad, but that’s a bit too hot for me! The recipe’s from my late husband’s mother, and I haven’t varied it over the years. I usually make a batch as soon as the first tomatoes of the season are ready. —Lela Baskins, Windsor, Missouri

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Sliced tomato salad

I got this recipe from my grandmother. It’s a perfect platter to serve with burgers or hot sandwiches. —Kendal Tangedal, Plentywood, Montana

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Grilled tomato with fresh corn

Grilling the tomatoes and corn makes this side dish feel special and it’s so simple to do. I like to serve it with French bread, but it’s “killer” dished up on its own. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Layered garden bean salad

For easy entertaining, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before guests arrive so you don’t have to fuss with last-minute assembly. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon, or tuna. —Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Grilled pizza with greens & tomatoes

This smoky grilled pizza scores big with me for two reasons. It encourages my husband and son to eat greens, and it showcases fresh produce. —Sarah Gray, Erie, Colorado

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