We are talking today about ways to use perfectly ripe tomatoes! And I have a list of 10 easy and delicious fresh tomato recipes for you…plus, my tips for selecting ripe ones…
If you look closely at the Mediterranean diet and Mediterranean cuisine in general, three ingredients will stand out as having a prominent role: olive oil, tomatoes, and vegetables.
I rely very heavily on tomatoes for salads, sauces, and saucy dishes like this cauliflower and chickpea stew or this spicy baked shrimp dinner. But today, we’re focusing on fresh tomato recipes to help you use up ripe tomatoes!
How can you tell if your tomatoes are ripe?
In my opinion there is almost nothing better than the taste of a perfectly ripe tomato!
A perfectly ripe tomato, is, first of all, still somewhat firm but yielding slightly to the touch. The skin is glossy. And you can easily smell the tomato’s fragrant and fruity scent.
I generally keep my tomatoes in a bowl on the kitchen counter; unless they are too ripe. And when I have tomatoes that are not perfectly ripe and ready for use, I simply employ the paper bag trick–put them in a paper bag with a banana or apple and check up on them in a day or two.
Okay, so what to do with those perfectly ripe tomatoes? I have selected 10 of my favorite tomato recipes to share with you today. Here we go…
10 Fresh Tomato Recipes with a Mediterranean Twist:
This post is a part of Food Network’s Summer Soiree Recipes. Here are more tomato recipes from participating bloggers:
Feed Me Phoebe: Steamed Clams with Chorizo, Tomatoes and Kale
The Mom 100: Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Homemade Delish: Roasted Tomato and Poblano Salsa
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Easy Summer Tomato Tart with Artichoke Spread
The Heritage Cook: Tomato and Cucumber Summer Salad (Gluten-Free)
Devour: Praise Caprese with 6 Twists on Tomato Salad
Healthy Eats: How to Use Up Your Last Batch of Fresh Tomatoes
Creative Culinary: Fresh Tomato Summer Pie
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Classic Caprese Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Tomato, Peach & Melon Salad
Taste with the Eyes: For Tomato Lovers Only
FN Dish: The Best Fresh Tomato Recipes You to Make, Like, Right Now