Tomato Heaven

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→

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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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Fattouche Salad

Middle Eastern fattouche salad

Fattouche salad is a Middle Eastern classic that’s not as well known in western culture as is tabbouleh, though maybe it should be — it’s just as delicious. It gets its characteristic touch from the use of small bits of toasted pita bread mingling with juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs. more→

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Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce

Fresh summer tomato sauce recipe

The lush tomatoes of late summer can hardly be put to better use than in this lush sauce. Adapted from Pasta East to West. more→

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Fresh Tomato and Corn Soup

Fresh tomato and corn soup1

This cold soup offers an easy and tasty way to enjoy a bowlful of fresh summer tomatoes and corn at their peak of flavor. Do try it with spicy tomato juice, which adds a lot of flavor without a lot of extra work. This is an appealing accompaniment to a late summer meal of grilled vegetables and veggie burgers. more→

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