[feedburner name=”name”]One of my favorite tastes of summer is fresh homegrown tomatoes. I look SO forward every year to buying them at the farmer’s market, and my all-time favorite way to eat them is just sliced with a dash of Himalayan pink salt. Simplicity + perfection!
But I also love cooking with tomatoes when they’re in season, and wanted to find some tasty new tomato recipes to try. I found some that sound really delicious, so I thought I’d share them with you.
Like all vegetables and whole foods, tomatoes have many health benefits for the health-conscious bride. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, “tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their antioxidant benefits. In terms of conventional antioxidants, tomatoes provide an excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene; a very good amount of the mineral manganese; and a good amount of vitamin E. In terms of phytonutrients, tomatoes are basically off the chart.” Research studies have shown tomatoes to support cardiovascular and bone health and to have strong anti-cancer properties. The high anti-oxidant content also makes them great for your skin.
You’ll see my Southern roots showing in some of these recipe choices, like the okra and tomatoes and the stewed tomatoes. And while these recipes are mostly healthy, I couldn’t write this post without including the mother of all tomato recipes — Tomato Pie, so I included it as a bonus. Oh my goodness . . . Tomato Pie, as weird as it may sound (if you’re not from the South), is like heaven in your mouth and one of my fave summertime indulgences. I know I’m being a bad influence with that one, but it’s just too good not to share.
If you grew up on grocery store tomatoes and have been deprived of fresh tomatoes, you HAVE to do yourself a favor this summer and get some fresh local tomatoes from a local farm or your farmers market. Comparing store-bought and fresh local tomatoes is like comparing instant mashed potatoes with homemade mashed potatoes . . . they’re just not even the same thing.
So run out to your local farmers market for some delicious fresh tomatoes, and give these a try.
11 Tasty + Healthy Summer Tomato Recipes
It doesn’t get much simpler — or better — than this. Fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs — yum!
Tomatoes and onion pair really nicely together, so this salad is sure to be delicious.
Stewed tomatoes are a Southern staple, and eating them always takes me back to my childhood. They’re so simple, but so good. They do require a little added sugar, but just go with it and enjoy — they won’t be the same without it.
This is another throwback to my Georgia roots. I absolutely love this dish. You can also make it an entree by serving it over grits.
Soups & Appetizers
These would make a great appetizer or amuse bouche — so fun!
Because who doesn’t love salsa?! And when you make it with fresh tomatoes . . . oh man, that takes salsa to a whole new level.
This one will be great for brunch at home — or breakfast for supper! (To make this healthier, leave off the side of focaccia.)
This one’s a bit of a splurge (for me) because of the mozzarella balls, but all things in moderation, right? I bet it would be good even without the mozzarella.
Warning — this one is a TOTAL indulgence and does not go in the “healthy” category. If you’ve never tried tomato pie, I know it sounds weird, but I’d bet money you’ll fall in love with it after one bite. I look forward to making it every summer.
There’s just something fun to me about stuffed tomatoes. They make such a pretty and interesting plate. As someone who detests olives (yuck!), I will be leaving them out when I make this recipe.
I love shrimp salad on a croissant, so I chose this as a healthier way to get my shrimp salad fix — and enjoy my tomatoes in the process. I personally boycott anything that is “low-fat” or “reduced-fat,” so I will be using regular, full-fat mayo. Because most commercial mayo is made with soybean oil, it’s not really good for you, but mayo is one of my vices so I try to eat it in moderation. But if I’m gonna eat it, I’m using the good stuff! (which for me means original Duke’s or Hellman’s).
I looove a good BLT, but I rarely eat pork any more unless I know it’s been sourced responsibly and humanely (which is hard to come by), so I’m super excited to try this recipe! But in the meantime, I’m also happy with just a good ol’ tomato sandwich.
Which recipes are you gonna try? I’d love to hear what you thought of them, so leave a comment below and let know!