Our Five All-Time Favorite Fresh Tomato Recipes

Effortless summer dinners often start with tomatoes, so we gathered together our five favorite fresh tomato recipes of all time to inspire your cooking this month!

This post is brought to you in partnership with California Grown.

At the peak of their season, there’s nothing better than cooking (or snacking on) fresh, California tomatoes. 

They’re delicious on their own and in need of little adornment, but we also have some tried-and-true recipes we turn to each year.

What makes California produce extra special is how devoted the farmers are to growing the ripest, most delicious fruits and veggies (those sun-drenched fields certainly help!), and offering interesting growing varieties that make our meals more colorful and flavorful everyday.

From savory tarts and unforgettable appetizers to salads and quick pizzas, there’s something here for every tomato lover!

Tomato Tart Phyllo Dough

When tomatoes are at the peak of ripeness, this beautiful tart is a great way to showcase them. Combine thick slices of heirloom tomatoes and cheesy crisp phyllo dough, and everyone's guaranteed to be talking about this one for days.

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Panzanella Bread Salad in a glass serving bowl

When it's just too hot to turn on the oven or when you've got crusty bread to use up, panzanella salad is what's for dinner! With ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, it's a refreshing and hearty summer salad we'll be making on repeat this month.

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Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

Need a quick late summer appetizer that's simple to throw together? Bruschetta it is! This crowd favorite is a great candidate for making in advance and assembling right before serving.

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Cherry Tomato Orzo Salad

Effortless summer dinners often start with ripe tomatoes. Fold crisp cucumbers, salty feta, orzo and oregano into the mix and you've got an unforgettable (but incredibly quick) meal for any day of the week.

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Tomato and Mozzarella Skillet Pita Pizzas

No one wants to be spending much time standing over the stove in the summer, and that's why kids and adults alike love these speedy skillet pizzas made with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.

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  1. Eliane

    Tomato confit, my fave!

  2. Mary

    You left out the BEST recipe of all time. Your TOMATO PIE!!!! SoooooooooooGood.

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  4. Karan Preziotti

    I am printing all 5 recipes! Great for warm weather, not involving a lot of work and all sound delicious.