While the global marketplace makes it possible to eat tomatoes anytime, it's not until summer, when we can find fresh tomatoes still warm from the sun, that we realize what we're missing the rest of the year. These recipes make the most of ripe in-season tomatoes — plum, beefsteak, cherry, heirloom and more varieties of this succulent fruit.
by Marion Cunningham
This simple raw sauce is excellent tossed with fresh pasta. Tomatoes are the star, bolstered by garlic, scallions (green onions), parsley, basil and olive oil. Freeze a batch to give yourself a taste of summer this fall.
Per serving: 147 calories, 2g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 203mg sodium
by Diane Kochilas
Simple and satisfying, this salad combines sweet tomatoes, Spanish onion and red bell pepper with the tangy and tart touch of sherry vinegar, green olives and garlic.
Per serving: 146 calories, 1g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 3g fiber, 428mg sodium
by Suneeta Vaswani
This fragrant Indian-inspired side dish is flavored largely with the "c spices" that are common in Indian cuisine: coriander, cumin and cayenne.
Per serving: 113 calories, 0g saturated fat, 18g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 5g fiber, 305mg sodium
by Christopher Idone
With only two ingredients plus salt and pepper, this recipe tastes purely of summer. After stewing, you can freeze to enjoy year-round.
Per serving: 11 calories, 0g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1g fiber, 52mg sodium
by Brigit Binns
The Southern states know the appeal of fried tomatoes in the summertime. This recipe, with cornmeal (or polenta) and olive oil, is a tad healthier than most.
Per serving: 182 calories, 1g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 3g fiber, 298mg sodium
by Jane Butel
This ideal picnic-potluck meal gets its intense flavor from caramelized onions and pan-charred peeled tomatoes. Customize the dish by adding olives, beans or eggplant.
Per serving: 308 calories, 0g saturated fat, 63g carbohydrates, 11g protein, 5g fiber, 123mg sodium
by Michael Chiarello
Fresh diced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes add color and flavor to this mayonnaise-free potato salad — another perfect potluck dish. A tip: Boil the potatoes in well-salted water so the salt infuses the potatoes, rather than sitting on top.
Per serving: 218 calories, 1g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 3g fiber, 189mg sodium
by Poopa Dweck
This more complex recipe works well with plum tomatoes or any vine-ripened in-season variety. The filling is delicious with pine nuts.
Per serving (without filling): 71 calories, 0g saturated fat, 2g protein, 2g fiber, 300mg sodium. Filling per serving: 301 calories, 4g saturated fat, 10g carbohydrates, 13g protein, 1g fiber, 248mg sodium
by George Geary
This spicy salsa is made on the grill and is wonderful served atop grilled chicken or fish, or simply with some chips for a snack. The key is to use fresh corn.
Per serving: 108 calories, 0g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 6g fiber, 53mg sodium
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