Red, yellow, green or succulent and striped, tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes. Summer’s bounty brings a characteristic sun-soaked sweetness and fresh tartness that will make all your favourite soups, salads and salsas pop with colour and flavour. Chop, dice and squash your fresh tomatoes to create our favourite seasonal dishes.
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10 fresh tomato recipe ideas
A classic Italian tomato bruschetta makes a great summer starter and can be assembled in just 20 minutes. Mix together red onion, tomatoes, garlic and basil to spoon onto toasted crusty bread. Make the most of late-summer sweetness with our slow-roast tomato, ricotta & prosciutto bruschetta. For more crunchy sharing starter ideas, check out our top bruschetta recipes.
Slices of chunky tomatoes, ripe from the garden, were made to be displayed on your very best salad plate. Layer our tomato, burrata & broad bean salad for a stunning sharing starter. The sharpness of the tomatoes pairs beautifully with an earthy salsa verde and creamy cheese. Bring out the flavours of your star ingredient with our salted tomato salad, or keep it simple with a garden tomato salad.
For more light lunches and sumptuous side dishes, take a look at our favourite tomato salad recipes.
Let tomatoes shine in all their different colours, shapes and sizes with this simple tomato & sourdough traybake. Pair with creamy ricotta and rich mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of chilli. The chunks of crusty sourdough are perfect for soaking up the sweet tomato juices. Or, throw together a five-ingredient masterpiece in the form of our chicken, baguette & tomatoes with pesto. Try our best ever traybake dinners for even more easy meals.
Fresh tomatoes make the perfect base for a range of salsas. Our ultimate tomato salsa is a party spread staple and can be made in just five minutes, no cooking involved. A squeeze of zesty lime juice brings out the sharpness in the tomatoes. Peruse our extra-special salsa recipes for even more fabulous fiesta dips.
Go the extra mile and make your own dough and roast tomato sauce with our easy tomato pizzas recipe. Make a selection of eight small pizzas and mix and match toppings for a fun weekend meal. Great for relaxed entertaining, let your friends pick their favourite flavours. Ditch the takeaway menus and whet your appetite for doughy delights with our ultimate pizza recipe collection.
Serve a taste of summer with a slice of our roasted tomato, basil & parmesan quiche. This easy yet impressive looking tart is perfect as part of a help-yourself style spread. Make your own golden-brown shortcrust pastry or use shop-bought to save time.
For more picnic bites and buffet dishes, check out our quiche recipes.
Combine two classic summer ingredients and make our baked courgette & tomato gratin with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. This cheesy, veggie-friendly bake freezes well, ideal for a simple midweek meal fix. Use the same base to create a quick veggie lasagne by layering courgettes and tomatoes with pasta sheets and sliced mozzarella.
Try more batch-friendly cooking with our freezable vegetarian recipes and stock up for busy weeknights.
Fresh tomatoes and pasta are an undisputed match made in heaven. This stress-free spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce is ideal for summer as there’s no cooking involved. Bashing the tomatoes with chilli, sugar and shallots helps to bring out the flavours. Combine with creamy mozzarella or chunks of torn burrata and toss with fresh basil.
Enjoy a steaming bowlful of fresh tomato soup with homemade cheesy cornbread. Use flour and polenta to make this super simple bread, perfect dunked into the soup warm from the oven. It packs in three of your five a day and plenty of flavour.
Treat yourself to even more tomato soup recipes for comforting classics and modern flavour twists.
This baked tomato, mozzarella & basil risotto combines the oozy, cheesy texture of a risotto with the crunchy golden-brown exterior of arancini. This is pure comfort food. Baking the risotto means you won’t need to sweat it out at the stove. For that all-important crust, try grilling the top of the risotto for a few minutes until suitably golden.
Master even more variations of this Italian classic with our ultimate risotto recipe collection, and make the most of all your favourite seasonal flavours.
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