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9 Ways to Make the Most Out of Summer Tomatoes

Blink and you just might miss tomato season. Luckily we’ve got all the recipe ideas you need to make the most of your summer tomatoes.

1. Grill summer tomatoes

The grill’s high temps not only cook tomatoes to perfection, but also intensify flavors you already love while introducing some surprising new flavors, too. Learn how to grill your tomatoes.

2. Pulse summer tomatoes a sweet-and-spicy salsa

File “tomato salsa” under simple recipes to master and stop buying at the store—your homemade version is guaranteed to be better and brighter. Get the recipe for easy salsa.

3. Or chop summer tomatoes into a pico de gallo

In a medium bowl combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt to taste. Let mixture marinate for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to mingle. A homemade pico is that easy. Get the recipe for pico de gallo.

4. Turn summer tomatoes into a no-cook sauce

Craving a tomato-based sauce but 1) don’t have a jar of the pre-made stuff and 2) don’t feel like standing over a hot stove stirring for hours? Enter: a no-cook red sauce that utilizes the heat from just-cooked pasta and tastes just as good as sauces that take hours. Get the recipe for a no-cook tomato sauce.

5. Make a summer tomato confit to top homemade hummus

Once you’ve slow-roasted cherry tomatoes covered in oil, they’ll be soft and bursting with flavor and ready to elevate a number of tasty dishes. Think: hummus, toast, crackers, and more. Get the recipe for tomato confit.

6. Pair summer tomatoes with watermelon and fresh herbs

When temps are at their hottest and summer produce at its most ripe, we crave simple dishes that require little-to-no cooking and really let our fruits (watermelon) and veggies (summer tomatoes) shine. Even better when we can combine them together. Get the recipe for summer tomatoes and watermelon.

7. Pickle summer tomatoes so they last for weeks

Want to get the most out of your summer tomatoes well into the fall? Try your hand at pickling. And we’re not just talking cucumbers and onions. You can make everything from tomatoes to green beans last even longer with this classic preservation method. Learn how to pickle tomatoes.

8. Enjoy them ASAP: Eat summer heirloom tomatoes in a refreshingly simple recipe

9. Preserve summer tomatoes into a multi-use jam

Enjoy on toast, slather on top of brie, or smear on your burger—this sweet-and-savory jam is good on everything! Get the recipe for caramelized onion and tomato jam below:

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Caramelized Onion and Tomato Jam

  • Author: Misfits Market


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium white or yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, skins removed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (like a Dutch oven) over medium heat. Add onions and caramelize, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon, until intensely brown—about 17-20 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water and scrape to remove any caramelized bits at the bottom of the pot and mix.
  2. Add tomatoes and the remaining ingredients. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook until tomatoes have broken down and become a jammy consistency, 60-75 minutes.
  3. Remove jam from the heat, let cool, and transfer to an airtight jar or container. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

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