What, strawberries instead of tomatoes? Yes! Actually any fresh, in-season fruit makes a great tomato substitute until the real things are ready. Of course, we all know by now that tomatoes are actually a fruit, so this makes sense. In texture, sweet-to-tart ratio, juiciness and color, many fruits are excellent stand-ins for fresh tomatoes, especially in salads and on sandwiches.
Right now, strawberries are your best bet, as well as some of the other early summer fruits like cherries, apricots and figs. Berries like blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are also a fantastic addition. As we get closer to July, depending on where you live, you can start adding stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines. Heaven!
So rather than slicing up some wan, pallid, out-of-season tomato for your early summer salads or sandwiches, toss in a handful of fresh, delicious fruit. You will not be disappointed!