Discover over 30 of the best fresh Tomato Recipes to put the ripe, juicy fruit to good use this summer and spring!

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The Best Tomato Recipes for Summer

It is incredible how many different ways there are to use tomatoes. From freshly chopped salsa to classic tomato sauce, tomatoes are such a powerhouse ingredient. Plus, tomatoes are full of nutrients and health benefits, too!

Sure, you can just pop cherry tomatoes into your mouth, or add a diced tomato to a salad. However, we have over thirty other delicious fresh tomato recipes for you to try, too! Give a few of these flawless tomato recipes a try this spring and summer season, and you will look at the ripe red fruit in a whole new way.

1. Fried Green Tomatoes

If you can’t wait for the tomatoes in your garden to turn red, consider making them into fried green tomatoes! This classic appetizer is perfect for the beginning of tomato season when there are plenty of unripe tomatoes waiting to be eaten.

Fried Green Tomatoes
These crispy fried green tomatoes are going to be your new favorite summertime snack. This classic Southern recipe is surprisingly easy to make, and it's the perfect way to use up unripe tomatoes at the end of the season!
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2. Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes

Zucchini and fresh tomatoes make a perfect summer side dish but they are also ideal for tossing into cooked pasta. Serve this sautéed zucchini and tomatoes mix warm or cold. It is delicious either way!

Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes
This sautéed zucchini and tomatoes recipe is the perfect summer side dish! Light and healthy, it's packed with fresh veggies, the perfect blend of seasonings, and beautiful, vibrant colors.
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3. Tomato Salad

My fresh tomato salad with red onions is irresistible! Make sure you choose super-ripe tomatoes for the most flavor. Then, enjoy it as a side dish or a main course with protein sources like grilled chicken tenders or grilled shrimp.

Tomato Salad
Simple ingredients shine in this flavorful tomato salad recipe that's always welcome at BBQs as well as on the dinner table.
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4. Southern Tomato Pie

If you have never had a true Southern tomato pie, then you’ve been seriously missing out! This savory pie is great to prepare in advance and ideal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Southern Tomato Pie
This classic Southern tomato pie is packed with irresistible fresh tomato flavor. With plenty of cheese, garlic, basil, and, of course, tomatoes, it will surely be a big hit with your family.
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5. Cucumber Tomato Salad

Talk about a perfect bowl of summer goodness! Cucumber tomato salad just can’t be beaten when it comes to fresh summer flavor. This salad is crunchy, tangy, and one you’ll crave again and again. Pair it with grilled BBQ chicken, a classic burger, and more!

A bowl of cucumber and tomato salad.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Crunchy, fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad is always a hit! It takes just minutes to toss together, and the dressing is made in the same bowl you'll use for the salad, saving even more on time and clean-up!
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6. Homemade Tomato Sauce

Use all those fresh tomatoes in your garden to make an incredible, easy tomato sauce. This sauce is a little sweet and a little tangy, a combo you will adore!

homemade tomato sauce in a pot
Fresh Tomato Sauce
When tomatoes are in season and I’ve got some time on my hands, there’s nothing like making tomato sauce from scratch. It’s so delicious and makes me wonder how I can ever settle for that run-of-the-mill jarred stuff! 
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7. Creamy Tomato Pasta

Use fresh tomatoes to make this creamy tomato pasta, and you can’t go wrong. Flavorful and comforting, this is a hearty recipe your family will request all year long.

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Creamy Tomato Pasta
My creamy tomato pasta is decadent, delicious, and extremely easy to make. It is perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you need comfort food that everyone in your family will love.
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8. Tomato Bisque Soup

Tomato bisque soup is delicious at the end of a long day. The warm, rich soup is creamy and filling. Plus it is bursting with fresh tomato flavor. Serve it on its own or with a grilled cheese sandwich for a comfort food meal that always hits the spot.

Tomato Bisque Soup
Silky, smooth tomato bisque hits the spot on a cold winter day. The creamy soup comes together in under an hour.
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9. Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Tomato bruschetta is one of the best fresh tomato recipes you’ll ever make! Let the tomato mixture marinate all day. Then, by the evening you will have an incredible appetizer in minutes. It’s perfect for pool days, picnics, and every occasion in between!

Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that pairs toasted crusty bread with ripe tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. It’s fresh, fabulous, and perfect for summer when tomatoes are in season!
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10. Marinated Tomatoes

Marinating tomatoes in garlic, oil, and basil is a nice, simple way to use fresh tomatoes. Add the marinated tomatoes to the top of some crusty bread, serve them in salads, rice bowls, or enjoy them on their own!

freshly marinated tomatoes in garlic
5 Ingredient Marinated Tomatoes
5-Ingredient Marinated Tomatoes! The best summer staple. Fresh tomatoes, punchy lemon juice, grated garlic, a little bit of olive oil, and herbs and salt to make it sing. 
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11. Fresh Corn Salad

Corn salad is a wonderful summer side dish. Full of vibrant veggies, creamy avocado, and tangy feta tossed with a sweet and tangy vinaigrette, it’s an explosion of tastes and textures you’ll love. Enjoy it on its own, as an appetizer, or as a side dish.

Corn Salad
This corn salad is the perfect summer side dish! Fresh corn is tossed with cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, onions, avocado, tangy feta, and fresh herbs, all in a sweet-and-tangy red wine vinaigrette.
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12. Crab Cake Sandwich

A thickly sliced, fresh tomato is the perfect complinet to a crab cake sandwich. Make sure your big tomato is juicy and ripe for optimal flavor!

A crab cake sandwich on a Brioche bun.
Crab Cake Sandwich
This Maryland-Style Crab Cake Sandwich recipe combines homemade crab cake patties, spicy mayo, lettuce, and tomato on a toasted Brioche bun!
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13. Caprese Salad

There is nothing quite as tasty as a fresh caprese salad. You only need a few ingredients to make this effortless summer dish, and you’ll feel like you’re dining at a fancy restaurant!

caprese salad on a white plate
Caprese Salad
Caprese salad is just about my favorite thing on earth. Thick slices of tomato and mozzarella flavored with fresh basil leaves, olive oil, and a beautiful balsamic reduction. It's so simple, but oh so impressive.
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14. Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing

You can never go wrong with a refreshing salad, and this crusted chicken cobb salad never disappoints! It’s bursting with color, textures, and flavors, offering pieces of freshly chopped cherry tomatoes in every bite.

Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
This Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad is absolutely packed with flavor! It’s a satisfying dinner with a variety of colors and textures, and the homemade honey mustard dressing is irresistible!
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15. Easy Taco Salad

Want to know what to do with extra cherry tomatoes? Add them to a taco salad, of course! They’re the perfect complement to the savory meat and cheese, adding a pop of color and nutrients to your favorite meal.

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Taco Salad
Taco salad is the best kind of salad! With seasoned ground beef, cheese, and avocado, it’s a satisfying meal that’s packed with flavor and sure to fill you up!
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16. Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

I love fresh tomato soup in the summer. One of my favorites, this roasted tomato soup is made with caramelized onions and garlic for an even more intense flavor. Pair it with a salad, sandwich, or enjoy it on its own!

Fresh roasted tomato soup
Roasted Tomato Sauce
The best homemade tomato basil soup recipe made with roasted fresh tomatoes, garlic, caramelized onions and optional add-ins for extra creaminess. This tomato basil soup recipe is full of flavor and the best way to use up fresh tomatoes from your garden! You’ll never want to go back to the canned stuff after you try this.
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17. 7- Layer Dip

This 7-layer dip is going to be your favorite thing on the table. It is perfect for all seasons but extra tasty with some fresh summer tomatoes diced on top!

7 layer bean dip served in a casserole dish topped with guacamole tomatoes cheese green onions and black sliced olives
7-Layer Dip
7-Layer Dip is a party favorite with a Tex-Mex flair! A creamy bean dip base is topped with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and taco fixings. 
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18. Corn, Avocado and Cilantro Salad

In-season corn plus avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro makes for a salad I find it hard to stop eating! This recipe works perfectly as a simple, juicy side dish at a barbecue. I love to serve it alongside burgers for a healthy and fresh accompaniment.

Corn, Avocado, and Cilantro Salad
This Corn, Avocado and Cilantro Salad is perfect for a simple side dish that can be mixed up either ahead of time or right at dinner time.
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19. Antipasto Salad

A bowl of antipasto salad is a classic appetizer for good reason. It’s loaded with vegetables, made filling by the addition of meat, and is finished with lots of cheese. It’s great for a side dish yet hearty enough to work as a main meal. Especially during the dog days of summer when cooking a big meal is the last thing you want to think about!

Antipasto Salad
The Antipasto Salad is filled with bright veggies, loaded with meats, and flowing with cheese. It truly is the best addition to any meal!
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20. Summer Salad

Fresh summer salad is loaded with incredible vegetables. A little bit of salty cheese is the perfect finishing touch to this easy, tasty dish. I like to eat it for lunch but it is hearty enough for dinner.

Summer Salad Recipe
Bursting with seasonal flavor, this Summer Salad Recipe makes the most of summer's fresh produce! Peppery arugula is tossed with fresh, buttery corn, strawberries, cucumber, and more to make a refreshing hot-weather dish.
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21. Speedy Cherry Tomato Sauce

I often have more cherry tomatoes in my garden than I know what to do with. This quick tomato sauce is perfect for using all those delicious, sweet tomatoes in a fun and tasty way!

quick and easy cherry tomato sauce
Cherry Tomato Sauce
A versatile summertime staple, this quick and easy sauce is a delicious way to use an abundance of cherry or grape tomatoes. It will even make the most of off-season cherry tomatoes.
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22. Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

This veggie loaded pasta salad is designed to eat cold, but I also love it when it is warm. Bring this dish to your next summer BBQ, and people may like this tomato-filled salad more than the burgers!

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
My summer vegetable pasta salad is full of fresh veggies topped with a delicious, homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. It is the perfect summer dinner!
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23. Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Add some extra tomatoes to this black bean and corn salsa for more fresh summer flavor. I like to use tri-colored tomatoes to add even more eye appeal to the dish. Serve it iwth tortilla chips for dipping, and you have a snack or appetizer to enjoy all season long!

Overhead shot of Black Bean and Corn Salsa in bowl with tortilla chips
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Corn and Black Bean Salsa takes your typical salsa-and-chips appetizer to the next level. Instead of a sad, watery tomato-based salsa, this recipe is made with black beans, corn, and fresh vegetables, all tossed together with zesty lime juice. Perfect for picnics, backyard barbecues, or even school lunches!
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24. Panzanella

Panzanella salad is the ultimate summer salad! Made with tons of fresh tomatoes, crunchy bread and some chopped onions, this recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor and nutrients to keep you full and satisfied.

fresh panzanella salad
Filled with ripe, juicy tomatoes and crusty bread, this panzanella salad is a delicious summer meal. A shower of fresh basil takes it over the top.
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25. Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven roasted tomatoes can be used on a salad, on top of pasta or just to enjoy as a snack. I like to pair these roasted tomatoes with burrata cheese for a fancy but easy summer dish.

fresh oven roasted tomatoes on a tray
Oven Roasted Tomatoes
You'll love these quick roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme. Roasted in a high-heated oven until super tender and bursting with intense, concentrated flavor. Make them ahead and use as needed as a delicious vegetarian side; tossed with pasta; or served bruschetta-style like I do below. 
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26. Marinated Cherry Tomatoes and Burrata

This marinated cherry tomatoes with burrata is a colorful platter that’s like summer on a plate! It has the most delicious herb vinaigrette and plenty of sweet summer cherry tomatoes. Pair it with your protein sources for a filling main course.

marinated tomatoes with fresh burrata
Serve this fresh summer tomato salad over creamy burrata cheese and add some crusty grilled bread for scooping up all the yummies. This dish is simple to throw together, fresh, and flavorful! A tried and true summer favorite.
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27. Fresh Tomato Tart

A tomato tart can be great as a breakfast lunch or appetizer. I love the combination of cream cheese, tart tomatoes, and the delicious flakey crust.

cherry tomato tart with basil
Cherry Tomato Tart
Vibrant Fresh Tomato Tart with a creamy cheese base and buttery crust. This is a great way to eat your summer tomatoes!
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28. Linguini with Fresh Tomatoes

I love a simple tomato and linguini dish. There is plenty of fresh tomatoes and garlic layered into this tasty, warm pasta. It’s filling and comforting without being too heavy. I know you’re going to love it!

linguini with tomatoes with a spoon
Linguini with Tomatoes
This garlic and basil linguine is a perfect way to use up your late-summer tomato harvest. It makes a great light supper when paired with a salad, or you can make it heartier with some chopped chicken
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29. Yellow and Red Tomato Pico De Gallo

There’s nothing better than freshly made pico de gallo to add flavor to all your favorite recipes! This recipe comes together in minutes and is low-carb, vegan, and gluten-free to fit a variety of dietary needs.

Colorful pico de gallo in a blue bowl
Pico De Gallo
This is an easy and incredibly tasty recipe for yellow and red tomato pico de gallo or fresh salsa. It is low carb, vegan, gluten-free and only 18 calories per serving.
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30. Margherita Pizza

Skip the takeout, and make this homemade margherita pizza instead! Featuring fresh, juicy tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese, it’s simple, flavorful, and sure to please.

Margherita Pizza with fresh basil
Margherita Pizza
This margherita pizza recipe is a celebration of simple, fresh ingredients! Juicy tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese top a crisp, chewy crust.
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31. Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

I love these easy parmesan tomatoes for a quick and easy vegetarian meal or side dish. Oozing with savory, cheesy goodness, they’re so delicious you’ll forget they’re healhty!

baked parmesan tomatoes with grated cheese on top
Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
This simple and cheesy snack is made with a few ingredients and 15 minutes in total. It’s the last-minute side dish or appetizer of your dreams! Unique, delicious, always a hit with guests. My best piece of advice: make extra for your inevitable midnight snack!
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