Summer’s best reward is fresh fruit and vegetables reaped straight from the garden. Vine-ripened tomatoes are my personal favorite. They strike such a divine balance between sweet and savory, which makes them incredibly versatile–and a great addition to any fresh summer dish! Here are some highly recommended recipes that will let your gardening prowess shine through:
This mild, colorful salsa is perfect for highlighting the natural flavor of fresh tomatoes. Dressed with just a touch of vinegar and olive oil and filled with garden vegetables, this dish is a full summer harvest! It goes great with toasted bread, pita, and crackers.
Have you ever thought to grill a tomato? Grilling fruits and vegetables maintains their firm texture while adding some smoky, caramelized flavor. Grilled tomatoes are particular delicious, especially when paired with feta and fresh greens. And if you’re not a big feta fan, mozzarella works just as well.
This healthy, light meal pairs well with a glass of white wine and packs a lot of flavor. The herbed tuna feels fresh and exciting (not watery and bland) and the tomato shell is firm and juicy. I’m not a big pepper fan, so stuffed tomatoes are a delicious alternative.
Making a homemade tomato sauce seems daunting at first, but the reward is well worth the effort. Homemade sauces are smooth and velvety, and the creaminess of the mozzarella really shines through in this particular recipe.
If you’re not whipping up some fresh bruschetta with your vine-ripe tomatoes, I’m not quite sure what you are doing. Bruschetta is the perfect snack spread: juicy, herby, tangy, and not that bad for you, either. I especially love bruschetta with wine or cocktails on a sunny afternoon.
Looking to up your brunch game this summer? All you need is a blender, some vodka, and a whole lot of spices. A good Bloody Mary is the cornerstone of a great brunch party, and nothing makes a Bloody Mary better than some fresh tomatoes (and bacon, don’t forget the bacon).