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10 New Ways to Eat Tomatoes

By , Bryn Mooth
Tips for Best Tomato Taste
Choose unblemished ripe tomatoes from a farmers’ market or your family garden. Heirloom varieties come in different flavors and colors—for example, yellow tomatoes are generally milder and less acidic; some types remain green when fully ripe. Never store tomatoes in the refrigerator; they’ll lose flavor and get mealy. To make peeling easier, core the tomato, then scrape the blade of a small paring knife over the skin to loosen it.
Oven-Dried Tomatoes
Halve ripe tomatoes lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the sheet in the oven on the lowest temperature (150 to 170 degrees) and let the tomatoes dry for 8 hours, until they’re shrunken but still a little plump. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months. Keep reading for nine more ideas!

Tomato Salad with Tahini Dressing

Slice garden-ripe tomatoes (unpeeled) into thick slices; use an assortment of heirloom varieties for best taste and presentation. Thoroughly blend 2 tablespoons tahini, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Drizzle dressing over tomatoes.

No-Cook Tomato Sauce
This is a super fast, almost one-pot dish that’s ideal for the heat of summer when tomatoes are at their ripest. There’s nothing to it: Just fresh tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Perfect with whole-wheat spaghetti or as a bruschetta topping. Try this recipe today!

Easy Tomato Sauce
Peel and seed 6 ripe tomatoes; coarsely chop and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Bring tomatoes to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until you have a thick sauce, about 30 minutes. Add chopped fresh basil. Makes enough to sauce 4 servings of pasta.

Perfect Tomato Soup
This recipe from Chef Meg uses 2 pounds of ripe summer tomatoes; it’s creamy but contains no cream. Ask at your farmstand for less-expensive blemished tomatoes to use for this soup.
Summer Tomato Salad #1
Halve 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (red, yellow or mixed). Add 1 cup of ciliegine (mini fresh mozzarella balls). Add zest and juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons good olive oil, sliced fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Summer Tomato Salad #2
Halve 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (red, yellow or mixed). Peel, seed and dice 1 ripe avocado. Toss tomatoes and avocado with juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons good olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Best Summer Tomato Sandwich
Toast 2 thick slices of whole-grain or sourdough bread; spread 1 slice with prepared hummus (plain or flavored), add thick slices of the best, ripest tomato you can find and top with the other slice of toasted bread. Enjoy—with a napkin. 

Fresh Tomato Salsa
When tomatoes are in season, ditch the store-bought salsa and make your own! It’s easy: just chop tomatoes, green onion, garlic and peppers. Here’s how.

Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Tomato and Basil
For each serving, begin with a boneless, skinless chicken breast; use a knife to cut a deep pocket starting at the thickest edge (not all the way through). Open the chicken breast like a book; season with salt and pepper and layer two slices of ripe tomato and 3 or 4 large fresh basil leaves. Close the pocket and use toothpicks to secure; rub outside of chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill on medium heat until done, 8 to 10 minutes per side.
Bryn Mooth is extending her 20-year career in publishing as an independent journalist and copywriter. She shares seasonal recipes, kitchen techniques, healthy eating tips and food wisdom on her blog

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KHALIA2 3/30/2018
I also love tomatoes! Thanks for this great list! Report
Tomatoes are supposed to be bad for arthritis. I don't care if they are, I will eat tomatoes anyway. Report
RD03875 3/12/2018
I leave my tomatoes on the counter and 2 days later they are rotten, they get grainy and wrinkled. Report
JAMER123 3/11/2018
Love tomatoes especially yellow. Several will be tried! Report
HOLLYM48 3/11/2018
Great article! Report
PWILLOW1 3/11/2018
Love tomatoes so love all the new ideas. Report
Great suggestions! Report
Great article! Report
-SHOREIDO- 3/10/2018
Thanks so much!! Love the tip on the stuffed chicken breasts. You I'm thinking this will work for dinner tonight. I'll do it now and throw it in a zip lock with olive oil and basil(might as well use it up before it goes to the wayside). Report
GETULLY 3/10/2018
Some recipies I already make but will try others. Report
SHELLLEY2 3/10/2018
Wow! Some amazing suggestions! Everything looks so delicious!!! Report
KATHYJO56 11/27/2017
We love tomatoes. Some great ideas here Report
JUDY1676 9/28/2017
Thanks Report
EVILCECIL 6/4/2017
Good to know! Report
Thanks! Report
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Just love tomatoes and will try some of these. Report
I can't wait to try some of these recipes for tomatoes! Report
Great recipes for tomatoes! Report
These recipes for tomatoes look absolutely delicious! Yummy! Report
Great! Report
Yum! A great way to eat clean & healthy Report
Love tomatoes and these look like a few good recipes, I especially like the tomato sauce recipe something simple thanks so much for sharing.. Report
Can't wait start gardening this year. Will definitely have to try some of these recipes. Report
Lovely! Report
I make an awesome roasted tomato soup--now I'm gonna have to make some. Report
After awhile, every recipe tastes the gets tired of them Report
Love tomatoes! I especially love the Black Cherry Cherry tomatoes! I'm happy when we have an abundance of tomatoes because then I make baked tomato sauce; sometimes I even roast eggplant with the tomatoes. When all the veggies are roasted, put them into a food processor and use or freeze. YUM! Report
We usually have grape tomatoes and zucchini in our garden. I toss them (tomatoes halved, zucchini sliced) with olive oil and garlic and oven roast them for about 25 mins. I use hot water to de-glaze the baking sheet, and serve it all over whole wheat pasta, topping with parmesan. Great veggie dinner, or side dish with grilled chicken. Report
I love making tortilla wraps with tomatoes, even using slices instead of sauce for pizza and pasta. I never considered oven-dried! Oh Boy!
Btw, I've lost weight utilizing olive oil, beans and other non-animal sources of fat. Report
What great ideas! Thanks so much. Report
I like the "no cook tomato sauce", salsa and the sandwich with hummus. Great new ideas THanks Report
Love tomatoes and try all new recipes that are compatible with my diabetic guidelines thank you for the new to me ones. Report
they look delicious Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Report
great ideas for tomatoes. Had the salad#1;very good! Report
Great ideas with the tomatoes coming fresh from the garden right now.
Thanks. Report
Adding olive oil to all these - why? Empty calories of FAT. Not needed. Report
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Why ruin oven dried tomatoes by "drizzling" oil on them? Empty calories and fat added for no valid reason???? Ruins the health of the raw product by adding that oil. Report
Thank you! I love tomatoes and haven't tried a few of these ways. I am so going to! Report
WOW! I had no idea there were so many different ways to eat tomaotoes. Report
Thanks for some really delicious looking recipes! I love tomatoes any way I can get them. Nothing beats a ripe tomato! Report
I core a tomato by using a paring knife. I plunge the knife in at the stem end and work it around the whole stem depression at a slight inward angle. The core usually pulls right out when I pull out the knife. Report
Thank you for tomato tip. I didn't know it not good to store them in refrigerator. and the recipes are awesome ideas thank you Report
I love tomatoes!! I can eat them everyday... and at every meal!! I especially love the fresh tomato salad with tomatoes cut in wedges, sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions (in rounds), black olives, with fresh basil. Little olive oil and red wine vinegar. Heaven!! Report
I love tomatoes!! I can eat them everyday... and at every meal!! I especially love the fresh tomato salad with tomatoes cut in wedges, sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions (in rounds), black olives, with fresh basil. Little olive oil and red wine vinegar. Heaven!! Report
How do you core a tomato? Report
Yum! Now... all I need are some hints on how to keep the racoons from eating my crop before I can pick it! Report
I LOVE tomatoes any ole way you fix them.....YUMMY YUM!!!!! Report
I love tomatoes. Report
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