10 Tomato Side Dishes to Brighten Dinner

10 Tomato Side Dishes to Brighten Dinner

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Lisa Appleton
Aug 17, 2016
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Whether you have a garden or visit the local farmers market, you'll know that tomato season is here. I can't get enough of these summertime jewels with red, yellow, orange, green, and even purple hues. They pack juicy bursts of flavor into each bite and their bright flavor can make any dinner feel light and refreshing. While you can eat them simply on their own with a sprinkle of salt, here are 10 side dishes to serve with any summertime meal.

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1. Tomato Chickpea Salad

A can of chickpeas has never felt so fresh. The chickpeas are seasoned with cumin and cooked until crisp to add a nice crunch to offset the juicy cherry tomatoes. A shower of chopped parsley and a drizzle of shallot vinaigrette bring the whole thing together.

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2. Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Skewers

Classic caprese goes miniature in this side dish. Cherry tomatoes and small fresh mozzarella balls, known as ciliegine, are skewered onto small toothpicks with basil leaves and a drizzle of pesto. They're easy to serve and even easier to eat.

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3. Summer Green Beans in Aromatic Spiced Tomatoes

Fresh, meaty tomatoes stew down wonderfully with Indian spices. The summer beans are cooked in this delicious saucy base, so they absorb all the flavor. A finish of lemon zest and juice keep the whole thing feeling bright.

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4. Sweet Corn & Tomato Salad

This simple salad screams summer. Juicy tomatoes and sweet corn shine during peak season, especially with creamy goat cheese and chopped fresh herbs.

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5. Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits

This cobbler is totally worth the extra effort. The tomatoes start to break down while they bake, creating tender, juicy bites, and the flaky cheddar biscuits are perfect for soaking up every last tomato-y bite.

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6. Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill & Feta

The ingredients in this salad are just as bold as they are colorful. Tomatoes get tossed with crisp cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and a fresh herb vinaigrette. We love the pop of flavor from the olives, but the rest of the salad can stand on its own if you want to leave them out.

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7. Tomato & Squash Gratin

When you've run out of ideas for the overflowing zucchini and tomatoes in your garden, turn to this recipe. They'll disappear from every plate around the table when baked with Parmesan cheese under a layer of crispy breadcrumbs.

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8. Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad

You know and love fresh mozzarella, but you haven't lived until you've tried burrata. Small shreds of mozzarella cheese and luscious cream are enclosed in a shell of fresh mozzarella cheese. Wait to cut into it until it's on top of the tomatoes, so the cream pools in all the tomato crevasses.

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9. Tomato & Mozzarella Potato Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing

Give your potato salad an Italian spin. Cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese mingle with buttermilk, basil, and honey in this hearty side dish.

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10. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate-Sumac Dressing

Sumac adds a citrusy note to any dish. Paired with pomegranate molasses and lemon juice, this bright dressing is the perfect drizzle for thick slices of colorful heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes.

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