Too many fresh tomatoes on hand? With these 15 mouth-watering fresh tomato recipes to choose from, you’ll be loving your home-grown tomatoes all season long.
There’s just something so sweet and special about home grown, vine-ripened summer tomatoes.
I remember growing huge tomato plants in our backyard as a kid and seeing bushel upon bushel of tomatoes come from those plants.
For a few years I even watched my father grind down most of the tomatoes into a purée to make delicious homemade pasta sauce.
But the fun didn’t stop there. The husband and I grew our own tomato plants once or twice as well.
Honestly, the first time was a total disaster, with overgrown bushes and fruit that never ripened properly.
Then, we grew tomato plants in our DIY self-watering planter, and found the perfect balance.
That year yielded plenty of tomatoes for delicious summer salads, fresh tomatoes in lightly oiled pasta, and so much more.
Even with a better yield, we still gave away several tomatoes from our plants. Mostly because we couldn’t think of anything else to do with our crop.
Well, that ends here! Whether or not we attempt tomato plants again this year is still up in the air, but if we do, I know we’ll be set with these amazing recipes.
Tips for Growing Amazing Tomato Plants
We learned a few things in the years between our tomato plant nightmare and our tomato plant dream. If you want to have the fantastic problem of too many gorgeous tomatoes from your plants, here are a few tips:
- Forget seedlings. I love the idea of starting plants from seeds, but with 3 rambunctious kiddos running around, the healthier plants are the ones we don’t start inside our house. #truth
- Choose a nice, sunny spot for your plants. Tomato plants need full sun in order to grow well.
- Don’t let the plants get overgrown. Keep the plants trimmed back and you’ll get a much healthier crop.
- Water, water, water! The #1 reason our self-watering planter worked so well is because the plants never got dehydrated. If you want an in-ground solution, consider adding your own drip irrigation with a hose timer. All of our plants look incredible when we take the time to install a simple drip irrigation.
- Pick the fruit early. We found it best to pick our tomatoes while they were still green or when they just barely showed a blush of color. Otherwise, insects, birds, and other critters were attracted to the plants and ruined the tomatoes before they finished ripening on the vine.
- Ripen your tomatoes Indoors. It’s easier than you think. Just put them in a brown paper bag and clip it tight. Your tomatoes will ripen in a few short days!
15 Best Fresh Tomato Recipes from Your Garden
Rustic Tomato Tart by Joy Filled Eats
Oven Dried Tomatoes by An Italian in My Kitchen
15 Minute Easy Garlic Shrimp in Tomato Sauce at Watch What U Eat
Bacon Tomato Tart at Recipes From a Pantry
The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever at Brooklyn Farm Girl
Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes at The Kitchen is My Playground
Feta Stuffed Tomatoes at The Kitchen is My Playground
Mediterranean Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette at Wholesome Yum
Zucchini Noodle Salad with Bacon and Tomatoes at Wholesome Yum
Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Garlicky Sauce by Garden in the Kitchen
Moroccan Eggs in Tomato Sauce by The Delicious Crescent
Zesty Tomato Vinaigrette by Nana’s Little Kitchen
Tomato Pie by Spend with Pennies
Focaccia with Heirloom Tomatoes and Goat Cheese by Tony Staab
Now, It’s Your Turn
Enjoying the sweet flavor of homegrown tomatoes goes far beyond the salad bowl. Today we’ve talked about
- 6 ways to make sure your tomato plants stay healthy and happy all summer long, and
- 15 unique fresh tomato recipes that will keep you excited about eating all those tomatoes that you’ll be getting from your happy plants.
Now I want to know….
Which of these fresh tomato recipes are you super-excited to try?
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Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Everything looks so fresh and delicious! I love the abundance of summer – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope your week is amazing!
Amy @ HandbagMafia says
I’ve never had much success growing them- good advice here, thanks!
Oh, very good recipes!
Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker says
Pinned! Thank so much for sharing!
Visiting from Sunday’s Best
The shrimp in tomato sauce sounds good to me. I just went out to check on of my tomato plants in a container. It’s an Early Girl and is now about a foot and a half high. Looks nice an healthy. I picked off the suckers and lower stems to let more air get into the plant. Tonight I am using a jar of stewed tomatoes I put up last year for a chicken vegetable soup. Nice to have some canned tomatoes while we wait for the fresh to arrive. – Margy
I( want to make them all, each and everyone sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
It all looks so delicious. I wish I wasn’t allergic to tomatoes.
Jen Tucker says
These are great ideas, and such a useful post idea! I’m not the biggest tomato fan when they’re by themselves but I love them mixed into other dishes. That tart looks especially yummy!
I want to make all of them!! I love tomatoes and everything looks so tasty! Now, let me think what to make first! ? Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
Miz Helen says
This is a great collection of Tomato Recipes to try with all the tomatoes we have in our garden right now. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
April J Harris says
Love your tips on growing tomatoes, Leslie, and what wonderful recipes! There’s nothing like homegrown tomatoes. Scheduled to pin, and to share later today on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Hope you are having a lovely weekend!