Tomatoes have so many health benefits and lend themselves to so many recipes, flavors, and dishes around the world. Whether you’re eating caprese salad or having french fries with ketchup, tomatoes often get over looked and taken for granted. You can’t have spaghetti and meatballs without tomato sauce and you can’t have a BLT without the T. In honor of my personal favorite vegetable (or is it a fruit), we’re serving up ten terrific tomato recipes you and your friends will love. Check out our favorite tomato recipes:
Smooth Tomato Gazpacho (via Martha Stewart)
This smooth and creamy tomato gazpacho is a refreshing twist on traditional gazpacho. Serve this soup with a parmesan crostini or a few homemade croutons for an appetizer or lunch everyone will love. You can’t go wrong with tomato soup, right?
Caprese Tart (via Simply Delicious)
Complete with a flaky crust, oven roasted tomatoes, and warm melty mozzarella cheese, this caprese tart is perfect for dinner parties, date nights, or afternoon luncheons. Everyone will love this light and delicious appetizer that puts a creative twist on the classic caprese salad.
White Bean and Tomato Pizza (via Eating Well)
With a similar consistency to hummus, this white bean spread gives this pizza recipe a fresh flavor and awesome texture. Topped with fresh tomatoes and parmesan cheese, this pizza is perfect for your next dinner party or family meal.
Tortellini with Spinach and Roasted Tomatoes (via Two Peas And Their Pod)
Perfect as an easy-to-make weeknight dinner, this cheese tortellini is paired with sauteed spinach and slow roasted tomatoes. Slow roasting your tomatoes brings out all of the best flavors of the tomato and makes this recipe that much more amazing. You could top with shaved parmesan cheese or homemade tomato sauce.
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip (via Cookin’ Canuck)
Made with feta cheese, Greek yogurt, cucumber, artichoke, roasted tomatoes, and red peppers, this Mediterranean inspired seven layer dip is great to serve at dinner parties or as part of a healthy game day platter. You can make homemade pita chips for dipping or use whole wheat pretzels or raw veggies.
Guacamole Stuffed Tomato Poppers (via Nutrition Twins)
Perfect as finger food, these guacamole stuffed tomato poppers are great for game day or dinner parties. Crumble tortilla chips on top or garnish with mango for a fun splash of flavor and texture.
Colorful Caprese Salad (via The Healthy Foodie)
Caprese salad is a classic. This creative rendition uses a variety of tomatoes to enhance the flavor and look of this dish. Made with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese, what’s not to love? Drizzle with balsamic and olive oil to finish off this delicious salad.
Roasted Tomato Soup (via All You)
What’s better than roasted tomato soup and warm grilled cheese? Absolutely nothing. This roasted tomato soup is rich, creamy, and totally delicious. Perfect for sick days, snow days, rainy days, or any other kind of day, this tomato soup is wholesome and filling and everyone will love it!
Tomato Zucchini Tart (via Blogging Over Thyme)
Baked with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced zucchini, flaky crust, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese, this tart is perfect for dinner or at a dinner party. You could use a muffin tin to make individual cup sized tarts or serve as one big tart. Yum!
Homemade Tomato Sauce (via The Kitchy Kitchen)
Finding a good recipe for homemade tomato sauce will probably be the most useful thing to hide in your spice cabinet. Tomato sauce comes in handy in about a million recipes. This recipe is flavorful, easy to make, and totally delicious. Pair this sauce with a big bowl of pasta and you’ve got a killer bowl of comfort food.