Tomato Heaven

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→

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Fresh Tomato & Bread Soup

Fresh tomatoes and basil

Use ripe (even overly ripe) red tomatoes for this delightful repast that is sure to capture the flavors of summer’s bounty. Made in just minutes, it is the perfect soup for a romantic dinner for two with pasta and a chilled white wine. For a larger crowd, double the recipe. Contributed by Miyoko Schinner, from Now and Zen Epicure.* more→

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Tomato-Mango Coconut Cooler

Think of this no-cook soup as a Thai-flavored gazpacho. It’s best with really lush summer tomatoes. Serve with a cold noodle dish for a quick summer meal. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas. more→

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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→

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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→

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Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Fresh Corn and tomato salad

This pleasing combination of two of summer’s premier bumper crops—corn and tomatoes—makes for a delightful late summer salad. more→

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Little Golden Tomatoes Sautéed with Olives and Parsley

Golden tomatoes with garlic and parsley

This simple recipe is a wonderful addition to your repertoire of summer vegetable dishes. The sweet tomatoes and pungent flavor of olives, both oil-cured black ones and brined green olives, wake up any appetite. It is also good tossed with short pasta and served hot or at room temperature. Recipe adapted from My Italian Garden* by Viana La Place. more→

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Creole Tomatoes with Okra

Fresh okra

Okra is a vegetable that arguably requires an acquired taste. I learned to appreciate it pickled or fried while traveling through the South, as well as when it is combined with tomatoes, as in this classic Creole recipe. The acidity of the tomatoes seems to temper that unusual texture that us Yankees are so wary of. more→

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