Peak tomato season is in full swing, which can only mean one thing: It's your duty to consume as many tomatoes as possible. Before you know it, your choice will be those mealy guys at the grocery store in the dead of winter, and you'll only be left with the memory of those juicy tomatoes from late August.
So do yourself a favor and make the season count. Here are all the ways to eat up the best tomatoes before time runs out.
We're big on summer comfort food, and no dish fits the bill better than a glorious bowl of tomato risotto. It's cooked with grated tomatoes so each fleck of rice is infused with tomato flavor. Add a crisp white wine and suddenly dinner is a cozy and elegant affair.
This summery vinaigrette is best tossed with a salad of arugula, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and feta, but it's also a pretty fabulous dipping sauce for crusty bread.
Peaches are equally as sweet and juicy this time of year, so it only makes sense to bring the two together in this comforting, herby pot pie.
Puff pastry proves itself a worthy companion to any summer supper, but here it serves as the altar to summer's most colorful gift: ripe and juicy tomatoes. You can put this tart together in 15 minutes for a light dinner or satisfying lunch that needs no more than a lightly dressed green salad beside it.
More tomato than chickpea, this is the kind of salad that's wonderful on its own, but even better piled high on toast and called bruschetta.
Whole-wheat pasta and an intensely garlicky fresh tomato sauce will be your go-to meal when you just don't feel like cooking. The grated tomatoes seep into the cooked pasta, bumping up its flavor and cooling it down a bit so you can stick a fork in it as soon as everything is tossed together.
This twist on the classic cold soup is kicked up with rice wine vinegar and just a touch of fish sauce for salty, umami-rich complexity.
Part condiment, part side dish, a five-minute stir-fry of capers and tomatoes can be served over pasta, a slice of toast, or grilled meat. The tomatoes pick up some char from the blazing-hot wok, giving them caramel sweetness.
These snack-worthy toasts are simple but deserve great ingredients, so reach for your good olive oil and that flaky sea salt for these guys.
If there ever was a recipe to make right now to enjoy later, it's oven-dried tomatoes. When plum tomatoes are super cheap, make a big batch of these and store them in olive oil. Eat as many as you can now — they're incredible on eggs, toast, and salads — but imagine finding a stash of these when the temperature drops. Pure joy!
When tomatoes are this good, they really don't even need to be cooked at all, which is the case in this simple and fresh tomato sauce.
A tomato sandwich is nothing new, but trust us — add some butter and honey and you've got a seriously delicious upgrade.
Turn classic caprese salad into finger food with these colorful skewers that are finished with a drizzle of basil pesto.
It's hard for anything to compete with a mix of blistered cherry tomatoes, but the cheesy biscuits on top of this cobbler come close.
A quick griddled sandwich of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella is a great way to showcase the best of the season.
Chicken breasts can't be boring when they're stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese and juicy tomato slices.
A swipe of Dijon mustard and a slather of ricotta cheese turn this garlicky tomato toast into a satisfying meal.
Reach for a mix of red and yellow tomatoes to make this Greek-inspired salad extra eye-catching.
If you happen to be left with more tomatoes than you can handle, this is the recipe to turn to. The sauce also freezes well so you can enjoy it long past the summer season.
This lighter take on a Bloody Mary is perfect for the summer. Made with the water left over after blanching and peeling tomatoes, this cocktail is crisp and refreshing.
Push your usual pizza aside for this super-seasonal version featuring sweet corn kernels, blistered cherry tomato halves, and tangy goat cheese.
Because it relies on store-bought puff pastry, this tart takes nearly no time to whip up. Pair it with a green salad for a light summer supper.
Inspired by Mexican salsa, this salad is spiced with finely chopped jalapeño peppers and brightened with freshly squeezed lime juice.
Lemony ground sumac and rich pomegranate molasses make a flavorful Middle Eastern-inspired dressing for this pretty salad.
This kind of chicken dinner is best enjoyed alfresco, preferably with a glass (or two) of crisp rosé.
Tomatoes join forces with eggplant, bell peppers, and zucchini in this extra-easy version of the classic French vegetable stew.
Perfect means tomatoes that are tossed in no more than a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and freshly chopped basil.
Add mashed avocado to the classic mix of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil and you've got an extra-hearty sandwich to take to the beach or on a picnic.
A healthy sprinkle of garlic-toasted breadcrumbs lends a welcomed crunch to this composed salad.
A bit of chopped jalapeños add heat to this take on the classic Italian tomato bread salad.
This homey casserole is almost completely hands-off, which means you can get back to your summer lounging while it bakes.
A tomato Popsicle? Yes, trust us on this one. These savory pops might just be the most refreshing ones you've ever tasted.
This tomatoey salmon makes for a fast dinner on a weeknight, but is definitely impressive enough to serve at your next dinner party.
Relying on store-bought pie crust means that this cheesy galette is a snap to assemble and bake.
35. Caprese Chicken
Smothering chicken breasts with fresh mozzarella and the season's best tomatoes is a sure way to add life to them.
36. Tomato Corn Cake
This savory cake is sure to wow anyone who is lucky enough to cut into a slice. Enjoy it as part of a brunch spread of serve it alongside a green salad for lunch or dinner.
37. Tomato Butter
The possibilities for this thyme-flecked tomato butter are nearly endless. Stir it into risotto, toss it with pasta, swipe it on grilled steak or fish, or simply spread it on good bread.
This gooey sandwich is summer comfort food at its very best. As soon as that rainy, stormy day hits, head into the kitchen.
While this is a great way to preserve the season's cherry tomatoes, don't be surprised if you eat them all up now, on salads, in sandwiches, and on cheese boards.
This hearty skillet comes together quickly, thanks to packaged gnocchi and precooked chicken sausage, which makes it the perfect choice for an easier summer dinner.
This hearty grain salad holds up quite well, which means it can be made ahead to be brought to your next potluck or barbecue or simply enjoyed for lunch all week long.
Sweet tomatoes and corn offset the savory eggs in this colorful frittata that's as lovely served for brunch as it is brought to your next picnic.
This classic Italian dish requires the best tomatoes possible, as they are made into a quick broth to poach the fish in, so there couldn't be a better time to make this than right now.
Make sure you have plenty of crusty bread of hand for this five-ingredient dinner — you don't want to miss all the flavorful sauce at the bottom of your bowl.
A pile of juicy fresh tomatoes on top helps cut the custardy richness of this summer-inspired quiche.