5 Ways to Use Garden-Fresh Tomatoes

Summer means lots and lots of fresh tomatoes. Whether you have your own garden bounty, or are loaded up with fresh-from-the-farmersí-market bargains, tomatoes are so versatile; they are great in everything from soups to salads, and omelets to salsa.

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Use chopped tomatoes in spaghetti sauce, chili, or canned soups to add nutritional value and a homemade taste.
  • Make your own salsa by mixing diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, fresh lime juice, pepper, and cilantro.
  • Use tomatoes to add color and flavor to guacamole.
  • For flavor, add chopped tomatoes to any stir-fry during the last minute of cooking.
  • Marinate chunks of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in Italian dressing about 30 minutes. Serve with lettuce.

And, here are some links to a few of my favorite tomato recipes to get you even more inspired.

Tomato salad. There are so many variations of this, but hereís a simple Grilled Zucchini and Grape Tomato Salad that combines tomatoes with zucchini, something that every gardener has plenty of now.†

Tomato Gazpacho. Tomato soup is such a great comfort food in the cold weather. But, soup in the summer? Fresh tomatoes make a great cold soup, this Easiest Garden Gazpacho not only features your garden fresh tomatoes, but also cucumbers, basil and cilantro. The bonus is that the more itís chilled, the more the flavors are blended together. A perfect way to cool off on a hot summer evening.

Tomato Juice. Making homemade tomato juice is a great way to use all of those over ripe tomatoes and to get some extra nutrition from your tomatoes.

Fresh tomato sauce. This simple sauce takes advantage of that fresh tomato taste and and can be used in other recipes by adding ingredients later on.

You can also try your hand at canning your tomatoes so that you can have that summer taste during the winter. Check out these great tips from my friends at Growing a Greener World.


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Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst2 years ago

we love tomatoes and use it extensively......our favorite is juice with salt and pepper & / chili...
tomatoes and basil are also very good friends with any pasta...:)....

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

i love tomatoes, cooked or raw. delicious

Siti R.
Siti R.2 years ago

lycopene Rocks!!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener2 years ago


iveta cer

Thanks :) I love tomatoes

Pat A.
Pat A.2 years ago



Love tomatoes

Sheri P.
Sheri P.2 years ago

i can always use more ideas for using tomatoes...i LOVE tomatoes!

Martyna Wrobel
Martyna Wr?bel2 years ago

I love tomatoes! thanks!

Angela J.
Angela B.2 years ago

Mmmmm....some yummy sounding stuff I will have to try. I think I'm going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes with all the heat we've had this summer