If you’re a true tomato lover, you spend October through June just biding your time. When late summer hits, you thrive. There’s just nothing like summer tomatoes. 

Good tomatoes are a thing of beauty, but unfortunately they’re hard to come by. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these gloriously ripe vegetable-ish fruits, you’ll want to choose a recipe that will let it shine. Save the slow cooking for winter, and savor these beauties in their natural state. 

summer tomato toast
Simple tomato perfection

For purists, this means the tomato sandwich. It’s so simple that it doesn’t require a recipe. Just toast a piece of bread, slather on mayo, and layer on those thick tomato slices. After that, top with salt and eat. If the tomatoes are good, this will be delicious even with the most standard sandwich bread and mass-market mayonnaise. If you go all out with country bread, fancy mayo, and flaky salt; you’ll be rewarded with a truly transcendent snack.

If you’re not full after that, try these three hearty dinners that make the most of summer tomatoes. 

Chicken & Brown Butter Rice with Corn & Tomatoes

Go for it; combine tomato and rice in one bite

Tomato, Watermelon & Farro Salad with Seared Halloumi

These thick tomato wedges are paired with halloumi and watermelon for a salad that’s salty, sweet, and juicy

Greek-Style Chicken Thighs & Bruschetta with Za’atar-Honey Slaw

Try some of our other favorite za’atar recipes