Our most favorite fruit that publicly parades itself as a vegetable is now sitting ripely on summertime vines across the country. And what better way to celebrate tomato's triumphant arrival than with a dinner (or multiple dinners) showcasing its ruby brilliance? The following tomato-focused dishes call on all sorts, from cherry to ripe orange, for recipes you'll surely want to make all season long.
We love pairing a rich tomato sauce, ours features sweet, sauteed cherry tomatoes, cream and butter, with pan-fried trout. The creamy sause is a perfect foil to the lean fish.
Recipe: Pan-Fried Trout with Basil Tomato Sauce
Here is a one-dish bean salad that is perfect for when you're craving something light and cool on a hot day. Calling for only five ingredients and requiring just five minutes of prep time, the recipe is incredibly simple and will be super fresh if you use juicy heirloom tomatoes.
Recipe: Ham with Beans and Tomatoes
Packed with fresh vegetables, roasted tomatoes, and a touch of cheese, this Mexican-inspired tomato soup makes a for a savory and surprisingly filling meal. Side with a classic grilled cheese and kids are guaranteed to go nuts for it.
Recipe: Roasted Mexican Tomato Soup
It's a fact, watermelons and tomatoes will forever be summertime staples—and we will forever love them. For this salad, dice and add the pair to a medley of cucumbers, torn basil and feta for a light and superbly good dinner salad.
Recipe: Watermelon, Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Meet caprese salad's more flavorful cousin. This salad combines the sweetness of tomatoes and Vidalia onions with salty olives and an herby vinaigrette. We suggest using ciliegine mozzarella, fresh mozzarella that comes in the shape of small, cherry-sized balls, for an extra-pretty plate.
Recipe: Herbed Tomato Salad
A vegetarian's dream, this heavenly and savory tart calls for a hearty dose of juicy tomatoes, mozzarella and feta. If you want, you can certainly adjust the toppings. Try summery squash or eggplant or even sprinkle on a little chicken or ground beef for the carnivores out there.
Recipe: Tomato Phyllo Pie
Herb-infused Boursin cheese melts into the tender orzo that makes these stuffed tomatoes shine. We suggest serving them as an appetizer or fun, individualized side dish.
Recipe: Cheesy Orzo Tomatoes
This quick and easy shrimp recipe requires just five ingredients and takes only seven minutes to prepare and cook. Fresh feta and crushed end-of-summer tomatoes are the real stars here, and the dish is an absolute dream when served atop orzo.
Recipe: Shrimp with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Feta
Orange, yellow and red cherry tomatoes dress up this creamy chicken salad that will be a welcomed addition to any potluck or picnic.
Recipe: Three Tomatoes with Creamy Artichoke Chicken Salad
Use the best vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes you can track down for this meaty sauce. The balsamic vinegar and blackened tomatoes give depth and complexity that will send your taste buds buzzing.
Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Tomato Sauce
Put that cream cheese away—or at least dress it up a little. These toppings will revolutionize the way you think about bagels.
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