12 Tasty Ways to Love Tomatoes

Late blight be damned! There are still plenty of delicious, Łber flavorful, sun-ripened local tomatoes to be had. So let’s have ‘em while we can. Here are 12 delicious ways to use the season’s tomatoes – some of which you can can or freeze to last the whole year and some you should scarf down just after making.

1. Tomato Tart Two Ways
Inspired by a recipe in one of the Canal House Cooking books, these impressively fancy-looking tarts are made very simple by the use of frozen puff pastry (though feel free to make your own pastry, by all means!) Sweet ripe tomatoes, good cheese, caramelized onions and herbs make these tarts a decadent treat.

2. Tomato Jam
You might not think of tomatoes and jam in the same breath but you really should… Sweet, spicy (think ginger, cloves, chili flakes and more) and simply amazing when combined with goat cheese and any kind of bread product. Hands down the best jam I’ve ever made.

3. Grilled Tomato and Eggplant Stacks with Basil and Feta Cheese

These leaning Tower of Pisa-esque delights are an easy way to make the most of summer’s bounty. Grilled eggplant and tomato slices are drizzled with olive oil, layered with sliced basil and feta (or goat) cheese, seasoned with salt and pepper and stacked for layers of melting-gooey-sweet-savory-herby yumminess.

4. Tomato Corn Pie with Butter-Brushed Biscuit Topping

Like everything Deb at Smitten Kitchen makes, this pie is heart-stoppingly (and probably artery-cloggingly) delicious. Biscuit topping, sweet corn, tomatoes and cheddar cheese make for serious summer comfort food.

5. ProvenÁal Vegetable Tian

Baking concentrates the flavors and natural sweetness of layered, very thin slices of tomato, potato, eggplant,summer squash, and leeks. White wine, thyme and garlic add the delicious taste of the south of France.

6. Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Gratin

This is basically a healthier, lighter and actually tastier take on eggplant parm that comes from Martha Rose Shulman’s Recipes for Health series in the NYTimes. Packed with flavors, very hearty and satisfying.

7. Slow, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

I have not stopped making these since I learned about them from Marisa at Food In Jars. Ripe tomatoes (you can use any size or type) combined with a few minutes of prep time and roughly 8-10 hours of slow cooking in a low heat oven yield the most divine concentrated dried tomatoes you’ll ever eat. Add some herbs, balsamic vinegar and/or garlic for an even more ecstatic eating experience. You can eat them right away (great on bread, in salads, as a basis for sauce and more), pack a jar for the fridge or freeze them in bags or jars to enjoy all year-long.

8. Simple Pasta Sauce with Garlic & Herbs

Nothing captures the flavors of summer like homemade pasta sauce. You can eat this simple sauce right away or can or freeze some for the colder months ahead. You’ll thank yourself during the dark days of winter when you’re able to grab one of these magical jars of sweet summer flavors to make an easy dinner special…

9. Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale with Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic

I am always thankful to find another good kale recipe and this is one of the simplest and tastiest I’ve stumbled upon. Garlic, sweet cherry tomatoes and a little bit of bullion or broth turn a big bunch of kale into a true treat.

Dinosaur kale with cherry tomatoes and garlic

10. Chopped Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Herbs & Feta

This simple salad is so flavorful, flesh and flexible that it’s become one of my favorites. Also a perfect way to make use of summer’s sometimes overwhelming bounty of cukes, tomatoes and fresh herbs.

11. Sweet Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

My mom-in-law makes this often and I find it positively addictive! Sweet, fresh, flavorful and very very easy… (a great way to make use of leftover corn on the cob, too.)

12. Heirloom Tomato Salsa
Once you’ve made your own salsa, it’s pretty hard to go back to store-bought. Although you can just make this as a one-time treat, I recommend making a big batch and canning some to use throughout the year — soooooo good!


Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K3 years ago

These look good!

Linda Wallace
Linda W3 years ago

Wonderful suggestions. Thank you.

Teresa Garcia
Teresa G4 years ago

Super! :)

Charlene Rush
Charlene R4 years ago

Some of these recipes look absolutely wonderful.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M4 years ago

I've found great recipes in this post,thanks for sharing

Karen G4 years ago


Chazz York jr
Chazz York4 years ago

This post has some great recipes in it. Thanks for posting.

Mary ann S.
mary ann s4 years ago

Sounds so good thank you

Miranda Parkinson

oh so yummy!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

all amazing! im so hungry now!