I Say Tomato You Say Tomato

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Who cares how you say it, they’re ripe and they must be eaten! It’s not possible to walk by a farmers market in August and miss the gorgeous tomatoes. My mom and I do a CSA with Siena Farms ¬†and I put the 25 tomatoes we got this week to work with some pretty fab recipes — if I do say so myself. But you be the judge.

PSA: I’m actually not a huge tomato fan. I never get them in my sandwiches and pick them out of salads (embarrassing, I know) but when the tomatoes are this fresh I become a feen. My husband can vouch I was shoveling the tomato sauce from the pasta dish into my mouth long after the pasta was gone. So these recipes are approved by the tomato-shy community (which I now represent). Just grab yourself some tomatoes and enjoy ok!!

1. Peach Caprese Salad from Half Baked Harvest

I would straight up eat this morning, noon and night. The ooey gooey burrata all over the grilled peaches and fresh tomatoes was something to write home about. This attention caught my eye curtesy of @travelbeyond size who subbed toasted ciabatta from the naan and ditched the prosciutto — I did the same thing for personal tastes but holy mama this is a cheese board salad you won’t want to miss.

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2. Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Stacks from Eating Well

I know this picture is pretty lame (no offense Eating Well) but the meal is 100 and can pretty much all be gotten from 1 trip to the farmers market. Our grill has put itself in timeout which is really bad timing, but I roasted the eggplant and tomatoes and then put the mozz on to make it gooey for about 5 min. Ugh I wish I was eating this right now instead of cold pizza.

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3. Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce from Martha Stewart

This is a meal so nice I made it twice. On back to back nights. And remember this is from a fair weather tomato fan. I cooked ours and then strained out the juices and was legit scooping the sauce into my mouth after dinner. It’s that good.

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4. Gazpacho Soup from Nutrition by Nathalie

My mom used to make my favorite gazapacho soup but then we did Nutrition by Nathalie’s Summer Cleanse and we both agreed it’s everything. We made it to last a week and it was gone in 2 days. It’s fresh and light with the perfect amount of crunch. Just a must!

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5. Tomato Poached Fish with Chili Oil and Herbs from The New York Times

For a light dinner with the freshest sauce. This poached fish dish is perfect as the nights become a bit cooler and you want to squeeze every last moment out of your summer bounty.

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6. Stuffed Tomatoes from Jo Eats

We’re a huge stuffed veggie fam and using a big heirloom tomato as the vessel is genius. Especially when it’s packed with orzo….

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7. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing from Vegetarian Ventures

Stop traffic because this is not your average caprese, it’s BETTER. It’s fresh, it’s light, it’s next level gorg and we are drooling.

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8. Baked Parmesan Tomatoes from Eat Well 101

Cute right? Thought these looked like a fun side, especially for kiddos!

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9. Baked Stuffed Red Bell Peppers from The Foodscape

I am ALWAYS looking for a good way to serve caprese in the summer. We have the classic salad version, the sliced version, and the toothpick version. But none of these really kills it for a dinner party app because the toothpick version takes a lifetime to individually spear every. single. ingredient. and the other versions aren’t conducive to groups. Meet the stuffed pepper! I think even just using raw peppers is a genius way to serve up this summer classic in bulk. You could also try serving it in an avocado.

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Other versions we love: the corn version, the avocado version, the pasta salad version, the sandwich version, the pizza version

 

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