10 Must Do Ideas With the First of the Season’s Tomatoes

The sweetest tomatoes of the season are here! We have ten quick must-have ways to eat them (aside from our favorite Rustic Tomato Tart recipe and these ideas to enjoy slow roasted tomatoes) to keep your days (and dreams) filled with local tomatoes. Stock up now while supplies last and eat your way through this glorious summer snack.


  1. Eat the tiny ones fresh to taste full flavor
  2. Sliced, drizzled with the best olive oil, and sprinkled with flaky salt
  3. For Romas or other medium, firm tomatoes: cut in half, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, add fresh thyme sprigs and oven roast at 275 degrees for 2 hours
  4. Stir diced fresh tomatoes into a pot of warm cannellini beans, add fresh chopped sage and serve over rice for a complete protein vegan meal
  5. Slice meaty tomatoes and add to ANY pizza–homemade, takeout, frozen–for an instant flavor boost
  6. Core tomatoes and pop them into freezer bags. When they are barely thawed out later: slip the skins off, squeeze out seeds and enjoy August in January
  7. Slow cook with butter, sweet onions, white wine and basil. Blend, add cream (if you like) and more fresh basil. Freeze for chilly winter nights that need Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup comfort.
  8. Medium-sized cherry tomatoes are great blistered in a skillet with oil, garlic and salt, then served along side a perfectly grilled ribeye steak
  9. Coarsely chop tomatoes, add basil, parsley, garlic, red onion, olive oil, salt, and a splash of red wine vinegar (not balsamic or it will turn everything brown!). Top slices of toasted rustic bread for bruschetta.
  10. On a rectangle or oval platter, place several balls of burrata cheese. Lay down thick slices of heirloom tomatoes (the more colors the better), scatter torn basil leaves, finish with the best olive oil and just a bit of flaky salt.