20 Recipes for Summer Tomatoes

20 Recipes for Summer Tomatoes

Summer tomatoes are one of nature's most glorious foods. Full of flavor, this vibrantly colored fruit is also really good for you. The tomato is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that has been shown to ward off cancer. In modern times we are lucky to have access to tomatoes and their benefits year round with canned and jarred paste and sauces as well as fresh tomatoes flown in from around the world for all kinds of tomato recipes, but there is nothing quite like the taste of a beautiful summer tomato (heirloom, beefsteak, cherry, or any other variety) at the peak of its ripeness, just off the vine. And if you've been to the local farmers markets or even peeked into a vegetable garden lately, it is evident that the earth's abundance of tomatoes is at a high this time of year.

While tomatoes in general are really good for you, organic

tomatoes do appear to have added benefits beyond their lack of pesticide

residue. LiveScience

reported earlier this year on a study out of Brazil that found organic

tomatoes contained a higher concentration of vitamin C and they've also

been found to have a higher concentration of lycopene so when deciding between organic or conventional, organic tomatoes appear to be worth the investment, , so consider using them in your summer tomato recipes.

While tomatoes can be enjoyed with no preparation, they are so readily available and so delicious at this time of year, that it would be a shame not to include them in all sorts of dishes. These 20 tomato recipes should offer plenty of inspiration for making tomatoes a part of your everyday while they're at their peak.

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Tomato Recipes

1. Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini

2. Tomato Beet Salad

3. Pesto Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

4. Tomato, Nectarine, and Mozzarella Salad

5. Smoky Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

6. Tomato Terrine

7. Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

8. Spicy Tomato Salsa

9. Summer Tomato and Bell Pepper Soup

10. Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette

11. Tiered Tomato Soup

12. Fish Filets with Tomatoes, Squash, and Basil

13. Panzanella Salad

14. Bruschetta

15. Heirloom Tomato and Eggplant Stacks

16. Grilled Cherry Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Pizza

17. Gazpacho

18. Spicy Tomato Granita

19. Fresh Tomato Sauce

20. Mussels with Tomatoes and Olives

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