9 Tomato Recipes to Make the Most of Your Summer Harvest

Cyd Converse

There are few things I can say I love as much as garden fresh tomatoes. There is just nothing quite like red, ripe, flavorful tomatoes in the heat of summer.

Should you happen to live in a cold climate like I do, where it can be difficult to find ripe tomatoes year round, you know this is especially true.

When the garden and the farmer's markets are overflowing, it's only right to make homemade marinara sauce and all the tomato recipes you can imagine.

Have a bushel or a peck of tomatoes laying around and need a few good ideas for how to use them up? Check out our favorite summer tomato recipes!

1. Baked Goat Cheese with Harissa Recipe

Made with harissa, fresh tomatoes, goat cheese and loads of fresh herbs, this baked goat cheese recipe is truly epic. It's savory, slightly spicy, creamy and makes an easy side dish, party appetizer or even a simple summer dinner served with sliced baguette and a fresh green salad on the side.

2. Roasted Zucchini and Tomato Crostini Recipe

This roasted zucchini and tomato crostini recipe is the most versatile dish of summer! Roasting grape tomatoes concentrates the flavors, while a bit of heat turns mild zucchini into a treat. Combined with garlic they all transform into a flavor bomb - and using the toaster oven keeps the heat down in the kitchen.

3. Avocado Ricotta Tomato Pesto Layer Dip Recipe

Everyone knows and loves a classic layer dip, but this avocado ricotta tomato pesto layer dip is the epitome of summer flavors. A 5-layer dip made with as many fresh summer tomatoes as you can pack into it, this dip is creamy and rich, without being too heavy. Served on top of crunchy, toasted bread, it’s an easy appetizer that you can even make ahead of time.

4. Black Beans and Rice Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

An easy summer dinner or lunch, you can't skip trying these black bean and rice stuffed tomatoes using your bounty of summer tomatoes. Black beans and rice are cooked with juicy bits of ground turkey, melted cheese, fresh cilantro, then baked inside of tomatoes for a summer meal you'll love.

5. Mediterranean Chopped Chickpea Couscous Salad Recipe

This Mediterranean chopped chickpea couscous salad is the best side dish for summer parties! Quick to make, load this simple salad up with all the fresh tomatoes and veggies you have on hand from the garden or the farmer's market. You can make it easily in advance and keep the leftovers for lunch.

6. Everything Avocado Turkey Bagel Sandwiches Recipe

These everything avocado turkey bagel sandwiches are everything I want lunch or dinner to be in the summer - quick and easy with little to no heat required. Flavorful everything bagels are piled high with meat, avocado, tomatoes, and a chipotle cream cheese that brings a tiny hint of spice.

7. 15 Minute Caprese Pasta Recipe

I'm not big on heavy pasta dishes in the summer, but this light and easy caprese pasta recipe challenges all of those preconceived notions. Quick to pull together in 15 minutes or less, it boasts the classic pairing fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil adapted to pasta form - perfect for summer!

8. Grilled Open-Faced Avocado Caprese Sammies Recipe

These grilled open-faced avocado caprese sandwiches will become your go-to option whenever you'e craving a caprese salad, a grilled cheese sandwich or avocado toast. Grilled bread is topped with bright cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, avocado, and a simple balsamic glaze. They're delicious!

9. Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Don't confuse these tuna stuffed tomatoes with your grandma's lunch! No, in reality, these tomatoes make an incredible weekday lunch during the summer when you've got a bin full of garden fresh tomatoes. Big on flavor, chunks of albacore are tossed with herbs and balsamic, packed into tomatoes and sprinkled with basil and a touch of salt.

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