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If you've ever bitten into a ripe, juicy tomato at peak seasonal freshness you know what a mouthwatering treat it is.
Tomatoes strike the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, making them so versatile in a wide variety of recipes as well as wonderfully delicious on their own.
Also, let's not forget their bold color. Tomatoes are best known for their bright red hue but they grow in nearly every shade of the rainbow, making them as beautiful as they are tasty.
From a homemade salsa fresca to a garden fresh pasta, we've rounded up our top five fresh tomato side dish recipes that are sure to brighten up any menu.
This classic Italian appetizer is perfect party food when tomatoes are in peak season. They practically burst with flavor, especially when matched with the zestiness of garlic, basil, olive oil and vinegar. It's quick and easy to make a big batch of the topping ahead of time!
Homemade salsa fresca is so easy to make and hardly takes any more time than opening a store-bought jar. As an added perk, you can adjust the heat level to your own preference. Hot or mild, it's sure to be delicious.
Colorful and cooling, this flavorful salad puts fresh, seasonal produce front and center. It's a crowd-pleasing choice for picnics, cookouts or any other warm weather gatherings.
How about a simple, delicious side? Turn to this easy garden pasta, starring fresh tomatoes, basil and baby spinach. Melty Brie and Parmesan bring it all together.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
With its colorful layers of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes this showstopper may look complicated, but we promise you it isn't. It's all in the easy-yet-impressive presentation. Topped with two types of cheese, it tastes just as amazing as it looks.