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We'll Bet You Didn't Know You Could Do All This With a Tomato

Keep reading to find out what made it into this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme) roundup
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We'll Bet You Didn't Know You Could Do All This With a Tomato

We'll Bet You Didn't Know You Could Do All This With a Tomato

Cherry On My Sundae

To me, there is little more depressing than looking over at the off-season tomato stand in the grocery store. You just know those guys are flavorless, mealy, and ultimately a waste of your time and money.

But it is now finally tomato season — just last week I picked up a massive yellow heirloom tomato at my local farmers market. Once home, it was quickly sliced, sprinkled with Maldon salt, and gone in seconds; I really just couldn’t wait to taste it.

My favorite way to eat a fresh tomato, though, is on a tartine sandwich: levain bread slightly toasted (just so the edges have an aesthetic and flavorful char while the center still maintains a soft chew), a swirl of fresh ricotta cheese, a large slice of tomato, a playfully messy drizzle of fruity olive oil, flaky salt, coarse grind of cracked black pepper, and a touch of basil chiffonade for good measure. For me, this is the epitome of summertime bliss; don’t mind me as I take my glass of rosé out onto the sunny patio to enjoy my tomato tartine. 

With my romantic version of the ideal summer moment in mind, I reached out to my Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see what they had in store for their summertime tomatoes. As it turns out, I am not the only one in love with this season: I received 70 submissions. I think we may have set a record here. (As a reference, my first week on the job I received four.)

With the sheer number, I couldn’t include everyone in this week’s roundup, so I chose my 25 favorites and have deemed you all champions of the summer tomato. Thank you all so much for playing along.

Arugula Pesto Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Burrata

Arugula Pesto Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Burrata

No Spoon Necessary

No Spoon Necessary makes an appearance this week with her bucatini and arugula pesto. Can you just imagine what will happen when your fork pierces one of those tomatoes? I’d like to find out, and you can too by checking out the recipe here.

Bucatini With Burst Tomatoes

Bucatini With Burst Tomatoes

The View From Great Island

The tomatoes in this dish are barely cooked at all; just a little heat will make them burst open. Their sweet juices become the sauce in this summery bucatini pasta recipe. Click here to find the recipe from The View From Great Island.

Canned Tomatoes

Canned Tomatoes

The Cozy Cook

Enjoy summer’s best all year long: Can tomatoes at their peak! Find out how with The Cozy Cook.

Grilled Steak, Blistered Grape Tomatoes and Blue Cheese

Grilled Steak, Blistered Grape Tomatoes and Blue Cheese

Suduction Meals

The sweet taste of blistered grape tomatoes pairs well with pungent, creamy blue cheese. Find this recipe on the Seduction Meals food blog.

Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes

Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes

The View From Great Island

The View From Great Island says, “The best way to enjoy height of the season tomatoes is also the simplest: Heirloom Parmesan Tomatoes are ready in 10 minutes, and they go with everything!” Find her recipe here.

Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad

Cherry On My Sundae

According to Cherry On My Sundae, if you pair perfectly juicy summer tomatoes with creamy, ripe avocadoes, and a peppery cilantro lime dressing, “you’ll have a heirloom tomato and avocado salad you’ll fall in love with.” Check out the recipe here.

Heirloom Tomato and Feta Toasts

 Heirloom Tomato and Feta Toasts

Coley Cooks

“Just make it, it's the best thing you'll ever eat.”- Coley Cooks

 Find the recipe here.

Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

No Spoon Necessary

A traditional caprese gets an upgrade with thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes paired with torn burrata, basil granita, and fig balsamic vinegar. Read more about this dish on No Spoon Necessary.

Heirloom Tomato Gallette

Heirloom Tomato Gallette

A Calculated Whisk

A Calculated Whisk brought it this week with her stunning Heirloom and Tomato Gallette. The tomatoes are paired with goat cheese and basil, and wrapped up in flaky pie crust. Find the recipe here.

Heirloom Tomato Relish, Burrata, and Garlic Basil Pesto Crostini

Heirloom Tomato Relish, Burrata, and Garlic Basil Pesto Crostini

No Spoon Necessary 

Tomato, burrata, basil, and bread are the ingredients for success. Find out how No Spoon Necessary makes this delectable crostini here.

Ladybug Caprese

Ladybug Caprese

Dairy Of a Mad Haus Frau

How cute are these? Dairy Of a Mad Haus Frau mentions that “these appetizers never fail to delight guests, [they] are the first to be eaten and people talk about them after the party has ended.” Find out how to make them here.

Marinated Farmers Market Tomatoes

Marinated Farmers Market Tomatoes

Platter Talk

This tomato concoction is “a gift from summer,” according to Platter Talk’s Dan Zehr. Use them in salads or salad dressings, on grilled meats, in pastas, or just gobble them all up as is. Click here for the recipe.

No-Cook Sun Gold Tomato Pasta

No-Cook Sun Gold Tomato Pasta

Coley Cooks

Coley Cook tells us, “The over-the-top flavor of this dish really is due to the insanely sweet sun gold tomatoes – their flavor is like none other.” I’m sold; check out the recipe here.

Paleo Shortbread and Tomato-Honey Jam Cookies

Paleo Shortbread and Tomato-Honey Jam Cookies

The Saffron Girl

The Saffron Girl cooks her tomatoes down into a thick jam sweetened with honey then spreads it between two butter cookies. Find her recipe here.  

Peach Tomato Salsa

Peach Tomato Salsa

Dash of Megnut

Like peanut butter and jelly, like salt and pepper, like socks and shoes, peaches and tomatoes are just two of a kind. Make this delicious summer salsa with A Dash Of Megnut’s recipe here.

Radicchio, Cherry Tomato, and Ricotta Salad

Radicchio, Cherry Tomato, and Ricotta Salad

Suduction Meals

This is a super simple summer salad, but the flavor comes up big: The radicchio is lightly bitter, the tomatoes are ridiculously sweet, and the mildness of the ricotta helps everything come together. Check out this recipe from Seduction Meals food blog here.

Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes

Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes

Cooking On A Budget

Food blogger Patty Anderson says, “To say I am excited about this recipe would be understating the facts.” Here roasted tomatoes are stuffed with a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and cream cheese. Visit her blog to see the full recipe.

Sicilian Tomato Almond Pesto

Sicilian Tomato Almond Pesto

Coley Cooks

This recipe from Coley Cooks is the Sicilian version of a traditional pesto genovese. It can be tossed with pasta, smeared on bread, or used as a sauce for meats, seafood, and vegetables. Read more about this pesto here.

Tomato Bulgur Pilaf

Tomato Bulgur Pilaf

Mission: Food

This pilaf is made with chewy bulgur wheat and cooks while absorbing the delicious juices of  grated fresh tomatoes. Find this recipe from Misson: Food here.

Tomato-Peach Flatbread

Tomato-Peach Flatbread

The Red Head Baker

This could be the ultimate no-cook summer appetizer; summer tomatoes and fresh peaches were just meant to be. Get this recipe from The Red Head Baker here.

Tomato Salad Topped Grilled Pizza

Tomato Salad Topped Grilled Pizza

Catz In The Kitchen

If you have never grilled a pizza before, start with this recipe. According to Catz In the Kitchen, “At first, looking over the ingredients you might think that it would be a little dry, but all the sliced tomatoes make up for the lack of sauce. The melted mozzarella cheese is like a little bit of heaven, and the spicy arugula makes the whole pizza feel so fresh.” Check it out here.

Tomato Sauce 101

Tomato Sauce 101

Memorie di Angelia

Everyone should have a simple tomato sauce recipe in their back pocket; this recipe from Memorie di Angelia could be yours. Click here to read more.

Tomato, Strawberry, and Basil Gazpacho

Tomato, Strawberry, and Basil Gazpacho

Platter Talk

Platter Talk shares his take on tomatoes with a chilled soup of summery goodness.  His twist on gazpacho features strawberries and fresh basil to complement the tomato base. Check it out here.

Tomato Tart Made With Fresh Ricotta

Tomato Tart Made With Fresh Ricotta

Mon Petit Four

Even those skeptical of tomatoes will enjoy this gorgeously executed tomato tart. Find the recipe on the Mon Petit Four food blog.  

Warm Tomato and Shallot Mozzarella Cheese

Warm Tomato and Shallot Mozzarella Cheese

Savory Experiments

When asked what appetizer is the best kind of appetizer, Savory Experiments will tell you: “One that only uses six ingredients and is ready in 20 minutes, like Warm Tomato and Shallot Mozzarella Cheese!” Find her recipe here.