Tomato Heaven

Soba Noodles with Tofu, Tomatoes, and Basil

Soba with tofu, tomatoes, and basil

This quick summery dish of soba (buckwheat noodles), tomatoes, tofu, and basil has a lovely combination of Asian and Italian flavors. Flavored with sesame oil and soy sauce, as well as the fresh tomatoes and basil, it might sound strange, but it works! Serve with fresh corn and/or grilled vegetables for a warm weather meal.  more→


Vegan Caprese Salad (Tomatoes, Mozzarella, & Basil)

Vegan Caprese Salad (tomatoes, vegan mozzarella, and basil)

This veganized version of the classic combination of fresh summer tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil barely qualifies as a recipe, but it’s impressive enough to be greeted with delight every time. Basically all you need is vegan mozzarella-style cheese (either the kind you can get in natural foods stores, or a more artisanal variety), a few medium-sized lush, ripe tomatoes, a handful of basil leaves, and some good, fruity olive oil. Photos by Susan Voisin.



Italian Bread-and-Tomato Salad

Bread and tomato salad

Crisp cubes of Italian bread mingle with fresh tomatoes in this interpretation of a popular Mediterranean salad. Use only the most flavorful of summer tomatoes for best results. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→


Baked Tomatoes Provençal

Provençal style baked tomatoes

Here’s a great way to use late summer’s bumper crop of tomatoes. Seasoned with the characteristic herbs of Provence, this recipe for Baked Tomatoes Provençal can easily double if you have a surplus of tomatoes.



Classic Tomato Gazpacho

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

The classic tomato-based cold Spanish soup never fails to please—and refresh. It’s a great way to use the delicious tomatoes of summer; in fact, summer doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t made gazpacho at least once or twice. It goes well with pasta dishes, potato salads, and grilled vegetables. more→


Tomato-Mango Salsa

Mango salsa

Here’s a heavenly salsa to make when tomatoes and mangos are at their best — the convergence happens mainly in July and August. Serve with tortilla chips or as a condiment with Mexican or Indian-style meals. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. more→


Zucchini, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad

Tomato, Zucchini, and Red Onion Salad

Here’s a tasty salad to make when zucchini and tomatoes are abundant in late summer. Red onions, parsley, and olives add great flavor. I prefer Roma tomatoes in this salad, as their slices match the zucchini and they get less watery when standing, but use any ripe tomatoes you have available. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→


Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Red Beans

Pasta salad with red beans, tomatoes, and broccoli

Here’s an easy pasta salad featuring red beans and lots of fresh herbs, it’s a great dish to make when summer tomatoes are at their best. It’s also a good summer potluck dish when a sturdy vegan option is needed. Even though only a half pound of pasta is used, an abundance of veggies ensures that this goes a long way. more→