Summer is the time for fresh tomatoes, and we're taking advantage of them all season long. Whether you're showcasing them in salads or tossing them on the grill, make sure you're making the most of their lush, juicy texture and sweet flavor.

Summer is the time for fresh tomatoes, and we’re taking advantage of them all season long. Whether you’re showcasing them in salads or tossing them on the grill, make sure you’re making the most of their lush, juicy texture and sweet flavor. (Tim Robison/)

This tomato salad with shallot vinaigrette from Alice Waters is our platonic ideal of the dish. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/heirloom-and-cherry-tomato-salad-recipe/">Heirloom and Cherry Tomato Salad</a>

This tomato salad with shallot vinaigrette from Alice Waters is our platonic ideal of the dish. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/heirloom-and-cherry-tomato-salad-recipe/”>Heirloom and Cherry Tomato Salad</a> (Anna Kovel/)

For a slightly—just slightly—more elaborate dish that showcases the sweet juices of summer tomatoes, chef Chris Fischer dresses them with olive oil and vinegar, creating a vinaigrette seemingly out of nothing. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/marinated-tomatoes-mint-recipe/">Marinated Tomatoes with Mint</a>

For a slightly—just slightly—more elaborate dish that showcases the sweet juices of summer tomatoes, chef Chris Fischer dresses them with olive oil and vinegar, creating a vinaigrette seemingly out of nothing. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/marinated-tomatoes-mint-recipe/”>Marinated Tomatoes with Mint</a> (Elizabeth Cecil/)

Tangy, buttery, and bursting with tomato flavor. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/southern-tomato-pie-recipe/">Southern Tomato Pie</a>

Tangy, buttery, and bursting with tomato flavor. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/southern-tomato-pie-recipe/”>Southern Tomato Pie</a> (Tim Robison/)

Chimichurri and a tomato-onion salad are perfect for offsetting the richness of creamy polenta. Get the recipe for <a href="http://www.saveur.com/summer-polenta-recipe">Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes</a>

Chimichurri and a tomato-onion salad are perfect for offsetting the richness of creamy polenta. Get the recipe for <a href=”http://www.saveur.com/summer-polenta-recipe”>Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes</a> (Farideh Sadeghin/)

For the best tomato sandwich, go open-faced and swap out the usual mayonnaise for rich, creamy Fromager d’Affinois cheese. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/estela-tomato-toast-recipe/">Estela’s Tomato Toast</a>

For the best tomato sandwich, go open-faced and swap out the usual mayonnaise for rich, creamy Fromager d’Affinois cheese. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/estela-tomato-toast-recipe/”>Estela’s Tomato Toast</a> (Marcus Nilsson/)

Made with ripe cherry tomatoes and fragrant herbs, this tart is both delicious and beautiful. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Herbed-Tomato-Tart/">Herbed Tomato Tart</a>

Made with ripe cherry tomatoes and fragrant herbs, this tart is both delicious and beautiful. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Herbed-Tomato-Tart/”>Herbed Tomato Tart</a> (Todd Coleman/)

A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Classic-Caprese-Salad/">Caprese Salad</a>

A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Classic-Caprese-Salad/”>Caprese Salad</a> (Landon Nordeman/)

Dried fava bean purée is served all over Puglia, typically with cooked bitter greens and fried or toasted bread. Giorgia Goggi adds lemon juice and miso, and uses it as a base for crostini. Leftovers are an excellent dip for raw vegetables. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/roasted-tomato-grape-toast-fava-bean-puree-recipe">Roasted Tomato and Grape Toasts with Fava Bean Puree</a>

Dried fava bean purée is served all over Puglia, typically with cooked bitter greens and fried or toasted bread. Giorgia Goggi adds lemon juice and miso, and uses it as a base for crostini. Leftovers are an excellent dip for raw vegetables. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/roasted-tomato-grape-toast-fava-bean-puree-recipe”>Roasted Tomato and Grape Toasts with Fava Bean Puree</a> (Eva Kolenko/)

In the Horn of Africa, they serve a version of panzanella tossed not with fresh tomatoes, but with a rich, spicy tomato stew. Crusty bread soaks up the juices and cooling yogurt provides contrast and sweet relief. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/eritrean-spicy-tomato-bread-salad-fata-recipe/">Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata)</a>

In the Horn of Africa, they serve a version of panzanella tossed not with fresh tomatoes, but with a rich, spicy tomato stew. Crusty bread soaks up the juices and cooling yogurt provides contrast and sweet relief. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/eritrean-spicy-tomato-bread-salad-fata-recipe/”>Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata)</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

Cool, vaguely acidic, and faintly sweet, gazpacho is the definitive Andalusian dish. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Gazpacho-Andaluz/">Gazpacho Andaluz</a>

Cool, vaguely acidic, and faintly sweet, gazpacho is the definitive Andalusian dish. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Gazpacho-Andaluz/”>Gazpacho Andaluz</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

"Spices have always fascinated me. I collect them from all over the world," says Giorgia Goggi, who accents this soup with Middle Eastern sumac and Indian garam masala. If you can't find fresh yellow tomatoes,  red will work just as well. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/yellow-tomato-soup-lamb-meatballs-yogurt-mint-recipe/">Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint</a>

“Spices have always fascinated me. I collect them from all over the world,” says Giorgia Goggi, who accents this soup with Middle Eastern sumac and Indian garam masala. If you can’t find fresh yellow tomatoes, red will work just as well. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/yellow-tomato-soup-lamb-meatballs-yogurt-mint-recipe/”>Yellow Tomato Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Yogurt, and Mint</a> (Eva Kolenko/)

Cherry tomatoes are tossed with canned sardines here, along with fresh oregano, olives, capers, and a red wine vinaigrette. The whole thing is layered with thin slices of heirloom tomato between slabs of focaccia. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/canned-sardine-tomato-and-caper-sandwiches-recipe/">Canned Sardine, Tomato, and Caper Sandwiches</a>

Cherry tomatoes are tossed with canned sardines here, along with fresh oregano, olives, capers, and a red wine vinaigrette. The whole thing is layered with thin slices of heirloom tomato between slabs of focaccia. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/canned-sardine-tomato-and-caper-sandwiches-recipe/”>Canned Sardine, Tomato, and Caper Sandwiches</a> (Kyle Johnson/)

Juicy cherry or grape tomatoes are coated in a light caramel to make the "topping" for this tart, but the whole thing is baked upside down in a skillet. Do most of the steps to prepare it in advance—make the zucchini paste and defrost the puff pastry a few hours or up to two days ahead—but be sure to serve the tart just after baking, turning it out from the pan in front of guests. It tastes best while the caramel is still runny and the warm, topmost layer of dough has a custardy consistency. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/cherry-tomato-tarte-tatin-recipe/">Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin</a>

Juicy cherry or grape tomatoes are coated in a light caramel to make the “topping” for this tart, but the whole thing is baked upside down in a skillet. Do most of the steps to prepare it in advance—make the zucchini paste and defrost the puff pastry a few hours or up to two days ahead—but be sure to serve the tart just after baking, turning it out from the pan in front of guests. It tastes best while the caramel is still runny and the warm, topmost layer of dough has a custardy consistency. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/cherry-tomato-tarte-tatin-recipe/”>Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin</a> (Michelle Heimerman/)

Three types of tomatoes result in a bouquet of flavors and textures, from sweet to burst-in-your-mouth cherries fragrant with Italian herbs. Get the recipe for <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Oven-Stewed-Tomatoes">Oven-Stewed Tomatoes</a>

Three types of tomatoes result in a bouquet of flavors and textures, from sweet to burst-in-your-mouth cherries fragrant with Italian herbs. Get the recipe for <a href=”http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Oven-Stewed-Tomatoes”>Oven-Stewed Tomatoes</a> (Farideh Sadeghin/)

This gazpacho recipe, adapted from Havana's La Guarida, adds strawberry and watermelon to the Spanish tomato soup template. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/strawberry-watermelon-tomato-gazpacho-recipe/">Strawberry, Watermelon, and Tomato Gazpacho</a>

This gazpacho recipe, adapted from Havana’s La Guarida, adds strawberry and watermelon to the Spanish tomato soup template. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/strawberry-watermelon-tomato-gazpacho-recipe/”>Strawberry, Watermelon, and Tomato Gazpacho</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

Italian <em>panzerotti</em> are semi-circular pockets of bread that are usually filled with cheese, deep-fried, and eaten hot. SAVEUR intern Suhashini Sarkar first tried these in Milan; her sister has since developed her own recipe that uses a sauce made from fresh tomatoes. It's reminiscent of pizza, but deep-fried and portable. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/fresh-tomato-and-mozzarella-panzerotti-recipe/">Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Panzerotti</a>

Italian <em>panzerotti</em> are semi-circular pockets of bread that are usually filled with cheese, deep-fried, and eaten hot. SAVEUR intern Suhashini Sarkar first tried these in Milan; her sister has since developed her own recipe that uses a sauce made from fresh tomatoes. It’s reminiscent of pizza, but deep-fried and portable. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/fresh-tomato-and-mozzarella-panzerotti-recipe/”>Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Panzerotti</a> (SAVEUR/)

Briny and slightly crispy fried capers punch up the flavor of this classic Italian tomato and mozzarella salad. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/caprese-salad-with-fried-capers-and-basil/">Caprese Salad with Fried Capers and Basil</a>

Briny and slightly crispy fried capers punch up the flavor of this classic Italian tomato and mozzarella salad. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/caprese-salad-with-fried-capers-and-basil/”>Caprese Salad with Fried Capers and Basil</a> (Laura Sant/)

Florence Jackson, the author's grandmother and a Nova Scotia native, made use of shoulder-­season produce to prepare this tangy relish. It is often served with meat and fish dishes, where it adds a bright note of sweetness. While chow-chow can be used immediately, its flavor improves with time. Consider making a large batch and putting it up in properly sterilized canning jars to last through the winter months. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/green-tomato-chow-chow-recipe/">Green Tomato Chow Chow</a>

Florence Jackson, the author’s grandmother and a Nova Scotia native, made use of shoulder-­season produce to prepare this tangy relish. It is often served with meat and fish dishes, where it adds a bright note of sweetness. While chow-chow can be used immediately, its flavor improves with time. Consider making a large batch and putting it up in properly sterilized canning jars to last through the winter months. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/green-tomato-chow-chow-recipe/”>Green Tomato Chow Chow</a> (Hannah Whitaker/)

In this twist on the classic comforting soup, tomatoes are smoked on the stove top before being reduced with red wine and puréed. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Smoked-Tomato-Soup/">Smoked Tomato Soup</a>

In this twist on the classic comforting soup, tomatoes are smoked on the stove top before being reduced with red wine and puréed. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Smoked-Tomato-Soup/”>Smoked Tomato Soup</a> (James Roper/)

Crusty bread sops up creamy burrata and juicy marinated tomatoes in this pleasantly messy sandwich. Get the recipe for <a href="http://www.saveur.com/burrata-tomato-sandwich-italian-recipe">Burrata and Marinated Cherry Tomato Sandwiches</a>

Crusty bread sops up creamy burrata and juicy marinated tomatoes in this pleasantly messy sandwich. Get the recipe for <a href=”http://www.saveur.com/burrata-tomato-sandwich-italian-recipe”>Burrata and Marinated Cherry Tomato Sandwiches</a> (Michelle Heimerman/)

Our idea of the perfect summer sandwich? Two thin slices of good toast, mayo, and a couple juicy slices of tomato. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Tomato-Sandwich/">Tomato Sandwich</a>

Our idea of the perfect summer sandwich? Two thin slices of good toast, mayo, and a couple juicy slices of tomato. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Tomato-Sandwich/”>Tomato Sandwich</a> (Farideh Sadeghin/)

Sweet, ripe, summer tomatoes dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and basil are tossed with garlicky, toasted bread cubes to soak up the delicious juices in this classic Italian salad. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Summer-Panzanella/">Summer Panzanella</a>

Sweet, ripe, summer tomatoes dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and basil are tossed with garlicky, toasted bread cubes to soak up the delicious juices in this classic Italian salad. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Summer-Panzanella/”>Summer Panzanella</a> (Helen Rosner/)

In this recipe from Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of New York City's <a href="http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/">Dirt Candy</a>, tomato powder lends flavor to this savory-sweet cake, which gets topped with smoked feta cream and cherry tomato halves. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/tomato-cake-feta-recipe/">Tomato Cake with Smoked Feta Cream and Marinated Tomatoes</a>

In this recipe from Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of New York City’s <a href=”http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/”>Dirt Candy</a>, tomato powder lends flavor to this savory-sweet cake, which gets topped with smoked feta cream and cherry tomato halves. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/tomato-cake-feta-recipe/”>Tomato Cake with Smoked Feta Cream and Marinated Tomatoes</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

A tian is a type of gratin, typically vegetables baked in an earthenware dish. (The word "tian" also refers to the earthenware dish itself.) This classic Provençal version is made with alternating rows of sliced zucchini, eggplant, and tomato. The flavors meld as the vegetables cook together, somewhat like ratatouille. Seasoned simply with thyme, garlic, and good fruity olive oil, the dish is best served at room temperature. Lulu insists it tastes even better made a day in advance. Get the recipe for <a href="http://www.saveur.com/provencal-vegetable-gratin-tian-recipe">Provençal Vegetable Gratin (Tian)</a>

A tian is a type of gratin, typically vegetables baked in an earthenware dish. (The word “tian” also refers to the earthenware dish itself.) This classic Provençal version is made with alternating rows of sliced zucchini, eggplant, and tomato. The flavors meld as the vegetables cook together, somewhat like ratatouille. Seasoned simply with thyme, garlic, and good fruity olive oil, the dish is best served at room temperature. Lulu insists it tastes even better made a day in advance. Get the recipe for <a href=”http://www.saveur.com/provencal-vegetable-gratin-tian-recipe”>Provençal Vegetable Gratin (Tian)</a> (Justin Walker/)

Chef Bill Smith of Crook's Corner, a restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, serves a version of this refreshing dish during the late summer. Smith says he developed the salad after paying a visit to a few of his former cooks in Mexico, where he discovered a range of dishes that melded sweet, spicy, and sour flavors. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Watermelon-and-Tomato-Salad/">Watermelon and Tomato Salad</a>

Chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner, a restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, serves a version of this refreshing dish during the late summer. Smith says he developed the salad after paying a visit to a few of his former cooks in Mexico, where he discovered a range of dishes that melded sweet, spicy, and sour flavors. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Watermelon-and-Tomato-Salad/”>Watermelon and Tomato Salad</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

Ripe tomatoes develop umami-rich flavor when grilled with a soy sauce marinade. Mitsuba, a Japanese relative of parsley, lends a mild cilantro-like freshness. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Tadashis-Grilled-Tomatoes/">Tadashi's Grilled Tomatoes</a>

Ripe tomatoes develop umami-rich flavor when grilled with a soy sauce marinade. Mitsuba, a Japanese relative of parsley, lends a mild cilantro-like freshness. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Tadashis-Grilled-Tomatoes/”>Tadashi’s Grilled Tomatoes</a> (Todd Coleman/)

Your glut of garden tomatoes just found their new home: stirred into caramelized honey and a host of herbs and spices. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/summer-tomato-and-herb-dip-recipe/">Summer Tomato and Herb Dip</a>

Your glut of garden tomatoes just found their new home: stirred into caramelized honey and a host of herbs and spices. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/summer-tomato-and-herb-dip-recipe/”>Summer Tomato and Herb Dip</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

Tearing the basil leaves for this simple salad releases their aroma while preventing the bruising that results from chopping. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/tomato-salad-with-green-beans-and-basil/">Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil</a>

Tearing the basil leaves for this simple salad releases their aroma while preventing the bruising that results from chopping. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/tomato-salad-with-green-beans-and-basil/”>Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil</a> (Marcus Nilsson/)

Tomatoes and cucumbers are a classic combination. Here, Eli Sussman of the <a href="http://thesussmanbrothers.com/">Sussman Brothers</a> modernizes the summer staple with heirloom varieties of the titular ingredients and brings them together with a caramelized fennel–lemon dressing. Get the recipe for <a href="https://www.saveur.com/tomato-cucumber-salad-fennel-dressing-eli-sussman/">Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Fennel Dressing</a>

Tomatoes and cucumbers are a classic combination. Here, Eli Sussman of the <a href=”http://thesussmanbrothers.com/”>Sussman Brothers</a> modernizes the summer staple with heirloom varieties of the titular ingredients and brings them together with a caramelized fennel–lemon dressing. Get the recipe for <a href=”https://www.saveur.com/tomato-cucumber-salad-fennel-dressing-eli-sussman/”>Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Fennel Dressing</a> (Matt Taylor-Gross/)

Brown butter, or what the French call beurre <em>noisette</em>, is enhanced with summer tomatoes and a splash of vermouth for the superlative sauce in this weeknight fish dish. Get the recipe for<a href="https://www.saveur.com/skillet-cod-with-brown-butter-tomato-sauce-recipe/">Skillet Cod with Brown-Butter Tomato Sauce</a>

Brown butter, or what the French call beurre <em>noisette</em>, is enhanced with summer tomatoes and a splash of vermouth for the superlative sauce in this weeknight fish dish. Get the recipe for<a href=”https://www.saveur.com/skillet-cod-with-brown-butter-tomato-sauce-recipe/”>Skillet Cod with Brown-Butter Tomato Sauce</a> (Jenny Huang/)



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