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10 Best Fresh Tomato Recipes

If you’re looking for some inspiration and a little variety, why not try some of these all-time favourite fresh tomato recipes from around the world.

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Updated 8/9/2023

Vine-ripened, and packed with real tomato goodness, you just can’t beat home-grown or local in-season tomatoes. And there’s nothing like the thrill of savouring your first ripe tomato of the season. Simply as a snack or a side all on its own with maybe a little salt and pepper. Not only do they taste amazing, there also super good for you too.

A tomato is a nutrient-dense superfood that offers benefit to a range of bodily systems. Its nutritional content supports healthful skin, weight loss, and heart health.

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Tomato Varieties

There are thousands of varieties of tomatoes which are characterized by color, size, shape and genetic type. If you are deciding what to grow in your home garden, select for your soil, climate and preference for cooking and eating.

Complete list of tomato varieties

For sandwiches, go with the meatier, beefsteak varieties. Salads work best with grape or cherry tomatoes since they’ll hold together when tossed. For salsa or bruschetta, choose plum tomatoes like Roma or San Marzano as they are less runny and less seedy. Use beefsteak or plum tomatoes for stewing and sauces.

Fresh Tomato Recipes

If you’re looking for some inspiration to serve up your home-grown or local seasonal tomatoes, try some of these all-time favourite recipes from around the world.

Greek Village Salad

greek salad

In Greece, this salad as called Horiatiki. It includes some of that country’s most popular food items: Kalamata olives, feta cheese and olive oil. Wedges of ripe tomatoes are tossed with cucumber, red onion and green pepper and dressed with a vinaigrette of olive oil, lemon, oregano, salt and pepper. I prefer to use pitted olives.

BLT Sandwich

BLT

Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches, or BLTs, are one of the most popular sandwiches in the US, Canada and the UK.  During tomato harvest season, there is a rise in demand for bacon as the fresh tomatoes are the star ingredient.  Since many Canadians take such pride and pleasure in their bacon, you’ll find some of the best BLTs are made with juicy, thick sliced garden tomatoes, a few slices of high-quality bacon, crisp lettuce, and mayonnaise, generously spread on this classic toasted sandwich.

English Breakfast Tomatoes

Steak & eggs with breakfast tomatoes

For the Brits, a true Full English Breakfast always includes a fried tomato half. I like to fry up some of these tomatoes with steak and eggs.  To prepare: slice the tomatoes in half, coat with a little olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place the cut-sides down in a frying pan and cook on medium heat without moving them for about 2 to 3 minutes.  Carefully turn the tomatoes over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until tender but still maintaining their shape.  

Ratatouille

The late summer harvest is the best time to make Ratatouille. This classic French stew is best when made with fresh tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplant, bell peppers and onions. It’ pretty versatile too; serve as a vegetarian main dish, side dish, warm or cold with toast or crusty bread with breakfast, lunch or dinner. FULL RECIPE

Bruschetta

The perfect appetizer at any dinner party, bruschetta is a great way to share your succulent summer tomato harvest. Add some fresh basil, garlic, oil and serve on toast. FULL RECIPE

Pico de Gallo – Traditional Mexican Salsa

salsa

This chopped tomato, onion, lime, cilantro blend is served fresh as a popular Mexican appetizer and condiment. Always served fresh, you can easily adjust the recipe to your desired heat level. FULL RECIPE

Gazpacho

gazpacho bowl

What’s nice about this no-cook soup, is that you don’t cook away the rich flavours of your home-grown tomatoes.  In this recipe, some seasonal local fruit is included for a hint of sweetness, smoked Spanish paprika adds some depth, while the mellow pearl onions and chives don’t overpower the wonderful marriage of the super fresh ingredients. FULL RECIPE

Fettuccine with Fresh Marinara & Meatballs

fresh tomato sauce

Combine fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, passata and spices, blend with pasta then top with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Serve with a side of grilled homemade meatballs. FULL RECIPE

Caprese Salad

caprese salad

Named for the Italian isle of Capri, this simple salad consists of sliced tomatoes, with basil and fresh mozzarella or bocconcini cheese arranged on a platter and drizzled with, olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  There are variations using other cheeses or the addition of other greens like arugula.  I like to drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over it. If you have cherry tomatoes, you can serve them with the cheese and basil on skewers.

Fresh Tomato Linguine with Italian Sausage

Turn your regular pasta and tomato sauce into a flavour explosion with this summertime meal. Just prepare your pasta with sauce (either marinara or Bolognese) as usual then top it with fresh diced tomatoes, fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese and fresh parsley.  With a good quality barbecued Italian sausage on the side, and a cool bottle of Valpolicella Ripasso or Amarone you’ll be living “la vita bella”.    

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