If you’re not hanging out at the farmers’ market snapping an Instagram story of all of the beautiful produce, you’re doing summer wrong. One of the absolute must-haves of the season is colorful heirloom tomatoes of all shapes and sizes. Whether you use them to make a chilled gazpacho or add them to your avocado toast, you’ll get a juicy, sweet, and flavorful result. Don’t feel bad if you got carried away and brought home *way* too many baskets. These 14 recipes will make your heirloom tomatoes the star of the show, and ensure none go to waste.
1. Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Toast With Balsamic Drizzle: Just when you thought your avocado toast couldn’t get any better, you try it with a beefy slice of heirloom tomato. Finish it off with a generous pinch of salt and pepper, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. (via Blissful Basil)
2. Heirloom Tomato Cornbread Salad: Between the crunchy cornbread croutons, ripe wedges of tomato, and shaved Parmesan, this salad will be keeping your dreams occupied for a while. Enjoy it al fresco with a crisp glass of Chardonnay. (via Taste and See)
3. Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad: Swap out standard Buffalo mozzarella for burrata and lackluster tomatoes for their heirloom cousin, and you have one special Caprese salad. (via Foodiecrush)
4. Creamy Heirloom Tomato Basil Zucchini Noodles: This veggie-crammed dish is about as fresh and healthy as it gets. Save for a few ingredients, you can probably find everything in your garden. (via Whole and Heavenly Oven)
5. Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart With Everything Spice: This colorful tart gives new meaning to tasting the rainbow. (via Half Baked Harvest)
6. Heirloom Tomato Eggplant Caprese Stacks: If you have 15 minutes and only five ingredients, you can have these Caprese stacks ready for lunch in a flash. To make it a complete dinner, serve with a balsamic-glazed chicken breast. (via Whole and Heavenly Oven)
7. Heirloom Tomato Caprese Frico Cups: Any appetizer that’s served in an edible cup is going to be a party win, for sure. All you have to do is grate fresh Parmesan onto a Silpat and bake until the rounds are slightly melted and pliable. Transfer to a muffin tin to set, and you can fill to your heart’s desire. (via Foodiecrush)
8. Heirloom Tomato Galette With Honeyed Goat Cheese, Caramelized Shallots, and Fresh Thyme: Savory galettes are a perfect addition to your Sunday brunch buffet. This hearty tomato version has a subtle sweetness from the honeyed goat cheese and caramelized shallots that’ll keep you coming back for more. (via Wry Toast)
9. Heirloom Tomato Pesto Pan Pizza: You’ll look forward to the start of the week if you have this pan pizza planned for Meatless Monday. It’s crisp, cheesy, fresh, and complete with plenty of those buttery tomatoes. (via Broma Bakery)
10. Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich: You don’t need to live close to a fancy deli to ease your craving for an artisanal sandwich. Pack pesto, sundried tomatoes, balsamic glaze, heirloom tomatoes, and mozzarella between chewy ciabatta bread, and you’ll never have to leave home again. (via Cooking With Cocktail Rings)
11. Poached Egg, Heirloom Tomato, and Burrata Toast With Basil Vinaigrette: It’s time to up your breakfast game with this Italian-inspired masterpiece. Take a big slice of leftover sourdough and pile it high with arugula, pesto, tomatoes, burrata, and a quick poached egg. (via The Secret Ingredient Is)
12. Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad With Buttermilk Dill Dressing: Buttery lobster, heirloom tomatoes, and creamy dill dressing are just a few of the many ingredients that’ll make it the talk of the summer. (via Le Petit Eats)
13. Rustic Pasta With Cheesy Chickpea Crumble and Heirloom Tomatoes: This hearty vegan pasta dish will please even the strictest of meat-eaters. To make it look even more natural, take fresh lasagna sheets and cut them into unique strips for homemade pappardelle. (via The First Mess)
14. Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup: You can’t have a huge batch of heirloom tomatoes without making soup. Try roasting them before blending so that you get a deep and rich flavor profile. (via A Happy Food Dance)
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