Beyond Pasta Sauce: 30 Ways to Use Your Summer Tomatoes

It’s summer, and that means tomatoes are in season. If you do your grocery shopping on a budget or grow your food, you may find yourself with an abundance of tomatoes to use. If you are looking for a quick dinner idea, a snack, or a delicious appetizer that is not pasta and sauce, then read on!

(Don’t grow your own food but want to get started? Ultimate Guide: Vegetables to Grow at Home to Save Money)

Here are 30 ways to use your summer tomatoes:

  1. Air Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fried Green Tomatoes

Air Fried Green Tomatoes are coated in cornmeal and breadcrumbs for a delicious summer snack! Dip them in sauce or even stack them on a burger! You’re about to take a bite into the perfect summer snacking food you never knew you were missing!

The Best Air Fryer Green Tomatoes Recipe! | Everyday Family Cooking

2. Chunky Salsa Recipe

Chunky Salsa Recipe

This Chunky Salsa Recipe is an excellent use of your summer tomatoes! And this recipe is healthy, fresh, easy, and full of flavors.  It even doubles as a condiment. Go ahead and dip it, layer in tacos, roll up in burritos and stir into Spanish rice.

Chunky Salsa Recipe – Appetizer – Vegan in the Freezer

3. Instant Pot Shakshuka

Instant Pot Shakshuka

Want to diversify your breakfast? You have come to the right place! Shakshuka is an Israeli dish that includes eggs, tomatoes, and bell peppers. It’s the perfect dish for the whole family!

Instant Pot Shakshuka | Corrie Cooks

4. Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Don’t miss this tomato soup. It’s soo easy to make, and you can have it in only 30 minutes and enjoy a healthy dinner in no time. It’s really easy to make, has simple ingredients, and a great taste. You can eat it as-is for a light dinner or add some farro or bread.

Instant Pot Tomato Soup – Corrie Cooks

5. Tomato Basil Soup

tomato basil soup

When Roma tomatoes are plentiful and fresh off the vine, this is the recipe that will put them to deliciously good use. Freeze a few batches of Tomato Basil Soup soup, and you’ll thank yourself as the months go by. Any variety of fresh tomatoes will work, but Roma tomatoes provide a nice sturdy base.

Tomato Basil Soup |

6. Tomato Galette Recipe

Tomato Galette Recipe

Heirloom tomatoes, prosciutto, herbs, and three kinds of cheese are tucked into a rustic pastry crust to make this gorgeous tomato galette recipe. When summer tomatoes start coming in fast and furious in your garden or at the farmers market, it’s time to make a recipe like this where the heirloom tomatoes are the star of the show!

Tomato Galette Recipe – The Art of Food and Wine

7. Easy Caprese Pasta Salad

Easy Caprese Pasta Salad

A pasta salad recipe is perfect for a dinner entree, side dish, lunch, or brunch. Enjoy the classic combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil tossed with pasta and drizzled with a rich balsamic vinaigrette. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious!

Easy Caprese Pasta Salad Your Family Will Love | Trendgredient

8. Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich

Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich

The classic summer sandwich! This is how to build a perfect Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich that’s also vegan, allergy-free, and so simple, quick, and easy to make! Soft gluten-free white bread, creamy egg-free mayo, and thick, ripe, juicy tomato slices with a sprinkle of salt and pepper!

Gluten-Free Southern Tomato Sandwich (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

9. Roasted Vine Tomatoes

Roasted Vine Tomatoes

These sweet little summer gems make a lovely addition to salads and sandwiches as they are, but roasting them takes them to a whole different level.
They are so easy to make, are bursting with concentrated flavor, and have so many uses. Add them to salads and sandwiches, toss them through pasta, whip them up into a soup or a sauce, or pop them on a pizza. They are a quick and flavourful way to bring a meal together.
10. Classic Italian Pasta Salad
Classic Italian Pasta Salad
Classic Italian Pasta Salad that’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! The cold pasta salad you love, with tri-colored pasta, fresh veggies, and a healthy homemade Italian dressing! A super easy and quick meat-free vegetarian and dairy-free recipe that’s a perfect side dish to feed any crowd!
11. Tabouli Salad Recipe
Tabouli Salad Recipe
This Tabouli Salad Recipe is super fresh and bright, thanks to fresh herbs (parsley and mint). A tabbouleh salad is a delicious healthy side dish, and it’s also great on its own for lunch.
12. Vegan BLT Sandwich
Vegan BLT Sandwich
Move over BLT – the vegan BLT is in town! This will be your next favorite go-to sandwich with smoky, delicious eggplant bacon, fresh lettuce, and tomato!
13. Roasted Tomatoes Buffalo Mozzarella and Pine Nut Appetizer
Roasted Tomatoes Buffalo Mozzarella and Pine Nut Appetizer
Tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil leaves topped with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette and served with sliced bread. Starters and appetizers cannot get much better than that! Drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, this simple Roasted Tomatoes Buffalo Mozzarella and Pine Nut Appetizer is a refreshing starter to any meal!
14. Simple Caprese Salad Bites
Simple Caprese Salad Bites
These simple Caprese salad bites are super colorful and full of delicious fresh ingredients! Great appetizers to serve when entertaining; these will become a go-to favorite! If you’re a fan of Caprese salad, you will definitely love these!
15. Spinach Frittata with Cherry Tomato Jam
Spinach Frittata with Cherry Tomato Jam
An easy spinach frittata recipe topped with a sweet cherry tomato jam is perfect for any night of the week. Frittatas are ideal for using summer produce, and the cherry tomato jam brings this one to the next level.
16. Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta
Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta
Bright cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and aromatic garlic and onions make this simple but elegant Cherry Tomato Basil Pasta really shine. Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy vegan pasta dish is sure to become a family favorite!
17. Pesto Grilled Cheese
Pesto Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of those classics that you come back to again and again. This grilled cheese is a twist on that classic. It’s made with vine-ripened tomatoes, basil pesto, and two kinds of cheese.
18. Easy Ratatouille Recipe
Easy Ratatouille Recipe
When you’re looking for a light and healthy summer meal, try this delicious ratatouille with fresh summer tomatoes and other garden veggies. This easy ratatouille recipe is a hearty and straightforward French Provence stew that combines eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and spices into a flavorful stovetop dish.
19. Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad
Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad 19
This easy Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad is a great summer dish. The simple Greek salad makes a beautiful side dish or light entree salad.
20. Tomato Chutney Recipe
Tomato Chutney Recipe
This tomato chutney recipe is a family favorite and great for preserving an abundant tomato crop from the vegetable garden. This tomato chutney recipe is one of my favorite methods for preserving an abundant tomato crop from the vegetable garden. Add it to your homemade pantry!
21. Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe
Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe
An Easy Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe that is healthy and delicious! With fresh tomatoes, basil, and bread toasted in the air fryer in minutes. This appetizer is perfect for a party or any night of the week.
22. Easy Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta
Easy Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta
This Easy Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta is the perfect recipe for a weeknight meal that both kids and adults will love. Baked chicken breast, pesto, and fresh tomato bruschetta come together in an Italian-inspired dish that is healthy and delicious.
23. Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Slow Roasted Tomatoes are made with 10 minutes of prep and just four ingredients. Full of fantastic flavor, these make a delicious appetizer, side dish, or main meal add-in—a great way to preserve your farmers’ market or summer bounty.
24. Tomato Choka
Tomato Choka
This Tomato Choka is one of the best dips you’ll ever make. It is easy to make, smoky, and utterly delicious. Topped off with crunchy fried garlic, this Jamaican-style dip becomes the stuff that foodie dreams are made of. Tomato Choka is a versatile dip great for serving at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a super snackable appetizer.
25. One-Pan Mushroom Sauce Chicken
One-Pan Mushroom Sauce Chicken
One-pan mushroom sauce chicken is creamy, healthy, & easy! Made with red wine, chicken broth, & fresh cherry tomatoes, this is a super simple dinner meal! This mushroom sauce chicken is a great fusion of summer and fall flavors using those summer cherry tomatoes, some fresh thyme, and red wine!
26. Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad is a summery Italian salad featuring ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. It’s drizzled with high-quality olive oil and a sweet-tart balsamic reduction.
27. Roasted Asparagus with Pico De Gallo
Roasted Asparagus with Pico De Gallo
Air fryer roasted asparagus with pico de gallo makes a perfect side dish for dinner or lunch. This fresh asparagus is loaded with flavors, tender, crisp, and completely oil-free.
28. Tomato, Olive, and Artichoke Salad
Tomato, Olive, and Artichoke Salad
This Tomato, Olive, and Artichoke Salad feature simple and easy-to-find ingredients marinated in a zesty Italian dressing. This dish takes a matter of minutes to assemble.
29. Gemista
Gemista, or stuffed tomatoes & peppers
Gemista, or stuffed tomatoes & peppers, are some of the most beloved summer recipes in Greece. Fragrant, lovely vegetables filled with rice, herbs, and aromatics are baked to perfection, making this dish absolutely irresistible!
30. Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie is brimming with fresh, flavor-packed summer tomatoes, basil, mouthwatering cheeses, with a crisp garlic breadcrumb topping. Even tomato-haters love it!

Recipes Using Summer Tomatoes

With summer upon us, tomatoes are sure to be cheap and plentiful. Make delicious food at home by using ingredients that are on sale and are in season. Don’t forget to stock your freezer with anything easy to double-batch and store.  Advance meal prep (especially if you are preparing for a big life change, such as a baby) is a great way to save money.

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