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We’ve Gathered The Best Tomato Recipes On The Internet!

August 16, 2018
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We’ve Gathered The Best Tomato Recipes On The Internet!

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.

A bowl of blended tomato soup topped with an olive oil drizzle and basil leaves.

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! 

A pitcher of homemade Bloody Mary mix next to fresh orange slices, peppers and an heirloom tomato on a table.

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. 

A close up of Tomato confit in a baking dish. Colorful cherry tomatoes and basil in olive oil.

Tomato Confit

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.

Clear tomato water in a small jar.

Tomato Water

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.

A wine cocktail with halved peppers, cherry tomatoes and basil sprig garnishes

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 on a serving table next to a glass of red wine.

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

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.

A plated cabbage roll.

The Best Cabbage Roll Recipe With California-Grown Green Cabbage

If you’ve been searching for the best cabbage roll recipe online, you’ve officially found it! We consider this our ultimate guide to making California-grown cabbage rolls. From selecting the perfect ingredients to the easiest way to prep cabbage for making cabbage rolls, we have all the tips and tricks you need to unleash maximum flavor in every roll.

A Spectacular Vegetable Enchilada To Make Tonight

A Spectacular Vegetable Enchilada To Make Tonight

This spectacular vegetable enchilada recipe is a delicious and healthy dinner option you can make any night of the week. Filled to the brim with oven-roasted sweet potatoes, bell peppersonions, and beans these enchiladas are sure to satisfy.

Farmers Market Cornbread . This tomato recipe  is a cornbread base loaded with fresh cherry tomatoes, peppers, cheeses, and onions then baked until golden  brown.

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

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.

A vibrant green pasta with yellow cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, and herbs.

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. 

A rustic galette filled with tomatoes. The galette dough is flaky, golden layers of phyllo dough.

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.

A bowl of blended tomato soup topped with an olive oil drizzle and basil leaves.

Tomato Soup

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! . 

A plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs with Roasted Tomato Sauce . This classic tomato recipe is topped with Parmesan cheese and basil.

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!

Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary cocktail recipe. this tomato recipe uses yellow heirloom tomatoes.

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.

A jar of our recipe for tomato jam on a table next to heirloom tomatoes.

Tomato Jam

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 soup in bowl topped with cheese and basil.

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 tomatoes, lettuce, and coconut bacon crumbles stuffed in a  toasted baguette and drizzled with remoulade sauce.

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!

Share your California tomato recipes with us online!!

A variety of colorful heirloom tomatoes on a table.

Think we missed anything in our tomato recipes round up? Share your favorite California tomato recipes on social and be sure to use the hashtag #CAGROWN.

For more amazing recipes featuring California Grown produce, check out our Pinterest page!

Craving more CA Grown goodness? Follow us on Pinterest for fresh and fabulous recipe inspo!

A picture of tomatoes on the vine with a California grown sticker.

Frequently asked questions about tomatoes & tomato recipes

What can you do with the inside of tomatoes?

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.

What is the best way to store fresh tomatoes?

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.

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