What We’re Loving: Tomatoes

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Sometimes I catch myself staring at the batches of tomatoes on display at the farmers market.  Just gazing, because they are so pretty, dreaming about what I will make.  And often, I just take them home, slice them and sprinkle on some salt and pepper and eat.  That’s how we used to do it at my Grandpa’s house and it was a beautiful summer side dish to just about anything. Keep it simple, a la Grandpa, or dress it up with one of the creative takes on the summer tomato bounty from a few favorite food bloggers:

Soft Pretzel Tomato Bites strike me as the ultimate combo of two classic summer foods:  soft pretzels from the ball park and tomatoes from the garden. {from Haniela’s Food & Photography}

I love the smell of peaches ripening on the kitchen counter.  And if you are all peach-pied out, why not take Joy’s advice and pair your peaches with unsuspecting tomato and cheese for this fresh summer appetizer. Peach Tomato and Mozzarella Crostini {from Joy the Baker}

Watermelon, Tomato and Almond Gazpacho sounds like a healthy way to cool off this summer.  Plus, this gorgeous cold soup is a sneak preview of what is sure to be a must-have new cookbook coming this fall from Aran called Small Plates & Sweet Treats. {from Canelle et Vanille}

I would eat the cheese crisps alone, but dressing it up with some diced tomatoes, olive oil, mint, parsley and onion practically makes a meal. Tomato Herb Salad on Pecorino Peppercorn Tuiles {from Fifteen Spatulas}

The first cherry tomatoes of the season added a pop of color to this chic Summer Appetizer Platter  with local honey.  Tomato season is sure to lend itself to your own creation of a fresh platter of small bites. {from Eat Boutique archives}

All photos taken by and appear with permission from Aran, Joy, Hani and Jill.

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  • Aren’t summer tomatoes just the best? I have nearly a dozen different plants going this year and am so excited for the plethora of tomatoes that will hopefully be soon arriving.