We’ve Gathered The Best Tomato Recipes On The Internet!
Ever wondered what to do with lots of fresh tomatoes? Well, you are in luck because we happen to have a plethora of delicious tomato recipes just waiting on you to explore! We’ve enlisted the help of our most trusted recipe developers to help you harness the flavor of the crown jewel of the summer garden.
Are tomatoes a vegetable or a fruit?
Biologically speaking, tomatoes are fruit and those juicy red tomatoes growing on the plant in your backyard are the edible berry of the tomato plant.
Did you know that California farmers, ranchers, farm workers and fisher people work 24/7/365 to provide food, fiber and foliage for the world, like tomatoes?!
Now for the tomato recipes! Check back often as we are always updating this round up with new tomato inspired recipes!
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix
When your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, make Bloody Marys! Our recipe for Bloody Mary Mix is simple to make, tastes incredible, and can be customized to suit anyones palette with just a few minor tweaks.
This confit is easy to make, and even easier to eat! Once you try it, you won’t believe you haven’t been making it all the time.
Tomato water is the flavorful, fragrant liquid that releases from ripe tomatoes when they’re cut. You know, the stuff that ends up all over your cutting board when you’re slicing tomatoes. Which is such a waste really, because it has SO much flavor. The GFree Foodie shared how she makes hers and we are seriously impressed.
Farmer’s Market Wine Cocktail
If you go to the trouble of making that tomato water we were telling you about you have to give these wine cocktails from The GFree Foodie a try too! This wine-based Bloody Mary made with concentrated fresh tomato goodness is not to be missed!
Heirloom Tomato and Black Olive Tart
Make this colorful savory tart from Discover California Wines in late summer when tomatoes are at their flavor peak. Serve in thin slices as an appetizer or in bigger portions with a side salad for lunch.
Olive, Tomato, and Onion Hand Pies
These savory and satisfying hand pies from Eat the Love are packed with California Grown green olives, tomatoes, roasted onions, fresh thyme, and feta cheese.
Farmer’s Market Cornbread
This delicious homemade cornbread from The Bojon Gourmet is loaded with all of the best the farmer’s market has to offer and then some!
Fresh Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce
This easy pasta sauce is loaded with fresh tomatoes that are roasted in the oven for a super-rich, robust flavor in the finished sauce.
4 Herb Pasta Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Pine Nuts
This bright and lovely one-bowl dinner from Hola Jalapeño is brimming with yellow pear tomatoes and a fresh herb pesto.
Phyllo Galette of Labneh, Caramelized Cherry Tomatoes, & Kalamata Olives
This rustic tart from Salt & Wind comes out of the oven so golden and gorgeous: it’s a total showstopper. Stuffed with heavenly tomatoes and briny kalamata olives then baked to perfection, it’s amazing as an appetizer for a crowd or in larger portions as a meal.
This delicious soup recipe from GFree Foodie can be made with any kind of fresh tomato you have.
We’re lucky enough to have a ton of heirloom tomatoes grown right here in California so we make this soup all different colors of the rainbow! .
Spaghetti & Meatballs with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
This easy spaghetti and meatball recipe from Eat the Love has an oven roasted tomato sauce that helps concentrate the flavor without a lot of work!
Heriloom Tomato Bloody Mary Cocktail
Hold your horses! Jerry James Stone’s Bloody Mary made with green heirloom tomatoes! Refreshing and unbelievably tasty, this just might be the best drink of the summer
Simple Tomato & Avocado Salad
This classic summer salad from This Mess is Ours pairs colorful heirloom tomatoes with rich avocado, lemon and herbs.
Preserve summer’s bounty well into fall with this simple recipe for tomato jam. You can slather this irresistibly sweet and savory jam on everything from toast to pizza!
Deep Dish Summer Squash
This festive summer squash bake is perfect for weekend barbeques. Serve with your favorite grilled meat and a side of crusty french bread.
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
If you’re in the mood for a flavor-packed soup, this one is the ticket. Top it with fresh basil and you are on your way to enjoying summer in a bowl!
Fried Green Tomato Po’Boys
This Mess is Ours‘ piles fried green tomatoes high on a baguette with zesty homemade Cajun remoulade sauce! Summertime perfection!
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Frequently asked questions about tomatoes & tomato recipes
You essentially have tomato juice if you let it strain to remove seeds. It can be added when cooking to any soup or tomato based sauce that has gotten too thick. Some people drink it alone or with beer.
Watch our friend Jerry James Stone’s video below to learn how to store fresh tomatoes to ensure they are flavorful and last the longest possible. Using this method, fresh tomatoes can stay fresh & tasty for over a week!
This roundup updated 6/29/2021 with new images, recipes, and information about California Grown tomatoes.