5 Things to Do with a Pound of Tomatoes

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Right now is arguably the best time of the whole summer to get your fill of fresh tomatoes. These deep-red beauties are so perfect that there’s a good chance you’ll smell their sweet scent wafting through the air before you even see them. Take a pound home with you and you’ll be delighted by these five ways to serve them up.

5 Things to Do with a Pound of Tomatoes

1. Toss together a panzanella salad.

This classic Italian salad is a simple, satisfying blend of juicy, ripe tomatoes and day-old bread tossed with a light vinaigrette. It’s the kind of salad that can play both side dish and main course.

2. Stuff the tomatoes.

For a light, summery meal, hollow out the tomatoes and stuff them with a mixture of couscous and goat cheese, your favorite grain salad, or a blend of beans and greens.

3. Chop up some fresh salsa.

Save the restaurant-style blender salsa for another time — this is the time of year when pico de gallo (fresh salsa) made with sweet, ripe tomatoes really shines.

4. Blend up some gazpacho.

Ripe tomatoes are the cornerstone of this refreshing no-cook soup. And when the hot, humid days of summer hit, a bowl of cool gazpacho is exactly what you want to have within arm’s reach when hunger hits.

5. Make a batch of no-cook tomato sauce.

Since this sauce doesn’t rely on heat to concentrate the natural sugar in tomatoes, the secret to a super-flavorful no-cook sauce is using the sweetest, ripest tomatoes you can get your hands on. One pound of tomatoes is just the right amount to make this chunky sauce, flavored with basil, garlic, and olive oil, for a dinner without leftovers.

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What are your favorite ways to use up a pound of tomatoes?