In the collage above, on the left, top to bottom: Sun-Cooked Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce from From Away and Roasted Heirloom Salsa from Fork & Beans. On the right, top to bottom: Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese from The View From Great Island; Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Panzanella Salad from An Edible Mosaic; and Kale and Sausage-Stuffed Heirloom Tomato from Running to the Kitchen.
One of my favorite ways to eat a ripe, local tomato in peak season is out-of-hand, just like an apple, except with a salt shaker nearby for an occasional sprinkle.
It sounds weird, and yes, it’s a big juicy mess, but it’s one of life’s biggest pleasures. It tastes like pure summer.
Local heirloom tomatoes are even better. When you’re done eating them as-is and you’re looking for a few new ideas, the recipes below are great for some inspiration!
1. Almond Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes from Family Fresh Cooking
2. Bacon and Heirloom Tomato Frittata with Basil from Paleo Spirit
3. Cheesy Roasted Hasselback Tomatoes from Spabettie
4. Crispy Fried Heirloom Tomatoes, Caprese-Style from The Cozy Apron
5. Filet Mignon Caprese Sliders from Recipe Girl
6. Fresh Tomato and Cheddar Tart from Seasonal & Savory
7. Gemelli with Chicken, Garlic, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Asiago from For the Love of Cooking
8. Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Panzanella Salad from An Edible Mosaic
9. Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad from In Sock Monkey Slippers
10. Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese from The Lemon Bowl
11. Heirloom Tomato and Garlic Scape Pesto Tart from Farm Fresh Feasts
12. Heirloom Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad from Nourishing Meals
13. Heirloom Tomato Frico Cups from Foodiecrush
14. Heirloom Tomato Pesto Galette from Two Peas & Their Pod
15. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Capers and Mozzarella from Eats Well With Others
16. Homemade Crockpot Pizza Sauce Using Heirloom Tomatoes from One Hundred Dollars a Month
17. Kale and Sausage-Stuffed Heirloom Tomato from Running to the Kitchen
18. Mediterranean Stuffed Tomato Cups from Will Cook For Smiles
19. Mini Cornmeal Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Relish from Cooking Light
20. Petrale Sole with Heirloom Tomatoes and Pesto from Fake Food Free
21. Roasted Heirloom Salsa from Fork & Beans
22. Sautéed Green Beans with Heirloom Tomato Marinara Sauce from With Food + Love
23. Smoked Cheddar Grits with Broiled Heirloom Tomatoes from Oh My Veggies
24. Sun-Cooked Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce from From Away
25. Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese from The View From Great Island