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 12 heirloom tomato recipes we love to spend the hours of a summer day working with.
Eckerton Hill Farm Farmer's Choice Heirloom Tomato Variety Pack (3 Pounds), $54 from Goldbelly
If you can't find them locally, you can buy them online.
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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.
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.
8-Inch Chef Knife, $89 from Made In
A good, sharp knife is essential so you can slice your tomatoes (not crush them).
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.
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While you don’t really need a recipe for this one, you should take particular care with the sandwich construction. Also, be sure you have truly crisp bacon and truly fresh lettuce. Homemade mayo not necessary, but why not? Get our BLT recipe.
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.
A super-low-stress puff pastry heirloom tomato tart recipe using store-bought pastry is an easy summer dinner that’s impressive enough for guests, but if you have time to make your own spelt crust, try this version, with a ricotta filling and balsamic caramelized onions. Get the Heirloom Tomato Tart recipe.
Simple, perfect heirloom tomatoes don’t need a lot more than extra-virgin olive oil and good bread, but a few little extras (like the basil and garlic in Martha Stewart’s Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta recipe) never hurt. These roasted tomato toasts with pumpkin seed pesto are a welcome wrinkle on the same old, still-beautiful summer theme. Get the Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto Toasts recipe.
Stuffed tomatoes are easy, homey, and delicious (and of course, gorgeous)—a winning combo for sure. These have garlic butter breadcrumbs on top, almost like a deconstructed tomato pie. Get the Roasted Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes recipe.
If you have a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes on hand, try making small batches of gazpacho that highlight each one’s beautiful color and specific flavor. Get the Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho recipe.
A pizza crust with a portion of whole wheat flour gives this summer beauty a solid footing (but it’s just as good on a gluten-free crust). Heirlooms, fresh mozzarella, and basil take care of the rest. Swap in smoked mozzarella for a nice twist. Get the Heirloom Tomato Pizza recipe.
Italian sausage and shredded mozzarella combine with beautiful heirloom tomatoes for this savory and delicious brunch eye-opener, because you’re gonna want to eat them all day while you can. Get the Heirloom Tomato Breakfast Casserole recipe.
Cucumber, red onion, arugula, and cubed crusty bread combine with peak-summer tomatoes in this delicious entrée salad. Adding some fresh, milky mozzarella or burrata couldn’t hurt. Get the Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad recipe.
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