10 Garden Fresh Summer Tomato Recipes

by | Jul 17, 2017 | All, Appetizers, Summer, Tips

Need some inspiration for new ways to use summer’s bounty of tomatoes? Look no further than our collection of 10 Garden Fresh Summer Tomato Recipes!

Picture of 4 recipes using tomatoes including pesto pizza, two tomato dips and one tomato bruschetta.

Whether you have one pot of tomatoes growing on your deck or a garden full of heirloom varieties, it’s inevitable that ALL of the tomatoes will ripen at the same time. If you need new ideas for how to use your jackpot of juicy tomatoes, check out 10 of our favorite Garden Fresh Summer Tomato Recipes below. Cooked, roasted or raw, we have options for everyone!

Appetizer recipes with tomatoes

Spoonful of tomato jam resting in a mason jar lid. Jar of tomato jam in background. Need a recipe for those not-so-pretty-looking-but-still-taste-good tomatoes? Our Sweet and Tangy Tomato Jam recipe makes only 1 1/2 pints, a reasonable amount that will keep in the fridge for weeks. Plus no water bath canning is required!

Tomato Bacon Dip is a tasty cold appetizer that is easy to transport and a perfect addition to any party spread.Are your favorite parts of a BLT sandwich the bacon and tomatoes? You’re in luck because this cold Cheesy Tomato Bacon Dip is just like a BLT but without the lettuce. It’s a great appetizer for parties and always goes quickly.

Filled with flavors from the garden, this Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes is the appetizer that every summer gathering needsWhipping the feta cheese with lemon juice and olive oil makes it smooth and creamy and elevates this Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes to crave-able status.

Avocado Feta Salsa is always the first to disappear at a party! Filled with fresh avocado, tomatoes and feta cheese you can not go wrong!This Avocado Feta Salsa is one of our most popular recipes for a good reason. It’s not guac. It’s not salsa. It’s just your tortilla chip’s new best friend.

Summer appetizers don't get much easier or more delicious than this quick and easy Balsamic Bruschetta!No collection of summer tomato recipes is complete without bruschetta. And in this case, simple really is best. This 10-minute Balsamic Bruschetta recipe lets the gorgeous flavor of those juicy summer tomatoes shine.

Salad recipes with tomatoes

white bowl of sliced tomatoes with feta cheese and a white wine vinegar dressing. Small white plates and forks nearby. This Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad is a go-to side dish for any summer BBQ. With only 5 ingredients, it takes moments to pull together and the combination of ripe tomatoes, salty feta, and sweet onion never fails to impress.

This Quinoa Salad recipe filled with Corn, Tomato and Cotija Cheese is a protein filled side that is our family's favorite side dish!Need a salad with a side of protein? Look no further than this Quinoa Salad with Corn, Tomato and Cotija Cheese. (Cotija is like the Mexican version of Parmesan cheese – a creamy, salty topping that is perfect for sprinkling on everything.) This salad keeps well if made in advance, and we love to nosh on any leftover salad for lunch the next day.

White bowl of sliced tomatoes, grilled corn kernels, avocado cubes and fresh mozzarella in a cilantro lime dressing. Love cilantro? We do, too, and this Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad filled with summer’s best produce and a tangy cilantro dressing is one of the reasons why. This substantial side dish is always one of the first salads gone at our backyard BBQs.

Main dish recipes with tomatoes

Wooden cutting board with three slices of Pesto Pizza with goat cheese, tomatoes and arugula. Grab your best slicing tomatoes for this Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes and Arugula. Never had arugula on your pizza before? You’re missing out. Plus you can make this on the grill and keep the house cool.

Tomato goat cheese and basil sandwich cut in half on a white plate with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Too hot out to even think about making dinner? This easy Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Balsamic Drizzle is full of summer flavor but takes only 5 minutes from toaster to table.

Need some inspiration for new ways to use summer’s bounty of tomatoes? Check out our collection of 10 Garden Fresh Summer Tomato Recipes!

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