Our food calendar has two seasons: heirloom tomato season and then, sadly, the rest of the year. When heirloom tomatoes weigh down the tables at farmers’ markets and fill the bins at our neighborhood market, we get busy. Here are 11 recipes we love to spend the hours of a summer day working with.
1. Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad
Stop off at the farmers’ market and get out the extra-virgin olive oil, good vinegar, and pristine sea salt because each of this salad’s ingredients has to be perfect. Get our Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe.
2. Caprese Salad
As with any heirloom tomato recipe, this classic salad is simplicity at its best, so the high quality of each ingredient is essential. Get our Caprese Salad recipe.
3. Open-Faced Toasted Tomato Sandwich
Here, Brie or Camembert and toasted high-quality country bread form a foundation for glorious mixed heirlooms. Get our Open-Faced Toasted Tomato Sandwich recipe.
4. Heirloom Tomato Pasta
Hot pasta meets cold heirloom tomatoes, fresh, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, olives, and feta. A powerfully fragrant taste of summer ensues. Get our Heirloom Tomato Pasta recipe.
5. Puff Pastry Heirloom Tomato Tart
Super-low-stress frozen puff pastry is the base for this tart, with a creamy sour cream topping and lots of luscious heirloom tomatoes. Get Food Network Kitchen’s Puff Pastry Heirloom Tomato Tart recipe.
6. Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Simple, perfect heirloom tomatoes dressed with extra-virgin olive oil top toasted baguette halves in this beautiful summer recipe. Get Martha Stewart’s Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta recipe.
7. Heirloom Tomato Pie
A cornmeal and Manchego cheese crust holds a savory filling of amazing tomatoes, herbs, and extra Manchego. Get Sifting Focus’s Heirloom Tomato Pie recipe.
8. Panzanella Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cucumber, red onion, arugula, and cubed crusty bread combine with peak-summer tomatoes in this delicious entrée salad. Get The Hungry Goddess’s Panzanella Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe.
9. Heirloom Tomato Breakfast Casserole
Italian sausage and shredded mozzarella combine with beautiful heirloom tomatoes for this savory and delicious brunch eye-opener. Get The Yellow Table’s Heirloom Tomato Breakfast Casserole recipe.
10. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pickled Fennel
Crisp fennel pickled with lemongrass, citrus, and spices is an intriguing partner for luscious, juicy heirloom tomatoes. Get Bon Appétit’s Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pickled Fennel recipe.
11. Heirloom Tomato and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza
A whole what pizza crust gives this summer beauty a solid footing. Heirlooms, smoked mozzarella, and basil take care of the rest. Get The Weiser Kitchen’s Heirloom Tomato and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza recipe.