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What to Do With All the Summer Tomatoes You STILL Have

Oh the summer tomato! Come June and July their fragrant aroma and juicy interiors deliciously announce the arrival of summer. You highlight them in caprese salads! You toss them with warm pasta! You chop them into fresh bruschetta! You eat them without any adornments because they are just that good. But like too much of any good thing, come August you may be getting a little weary of those juicy gems. Here are five creative ways to use up those remaining summer tomatoes.

Summer Tomato Recipes

Get ready to get creative with your remaining tomatoes!

Drink Them: Tomato Water Bloody Mary

Tomato Water Bloody Mary

You know that here at Momtrends, we love our cocktails. If you’re a fan of the Bloody Mary, you’ll love this cocktail adaptation that is lighter and can easily be served outside of brunch without raising eyebrows. I came across this Tomato Water Bloody Mary in the Food52 Genius Recipes book (which I highly recommend for its writing and recipes) and it seems like a fun new way to use up those summer tomatoes. Here’s another tomato cocktail to try too!

Bread Substitute: Tomato Bun BLT

Tomato bun BLT

I’ll admit it – I’m a BLT fan. Once when I did an all-veggie juice “cleanse” for three days, I broke it by making myself a BLT and I think, years later, it is the single best tasting food memory I have to date. This BLT riff tosses the bread (see ya, carbs) and leaves the essentials: a delicious woven bacon web, crisp, cold lettuce and, get this….a tomato bun. See all the magic here:

Appetizer or Lunch? Tartine with Tarragon-Flavored Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Prosciutto

Tartine with Tarragon-Flavored Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Proscuitto

This Martha Stewart recipe one of my all-time favorite appetizers. It’s so good that sometimes I’ll just make it for my lunch! Toasted bread + goat cheese + prosciutto + roasted balsamic tomatoes = heaven! The recipe calls for roasting the tomatoes for over an hour but I often just pop them in my toaster over on broil for 10-15 minutes. It’s a delicious app served hot, warm or cold!

Do Dessert: Balsamic Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice Cream

Tomato Balsamic Ice Cream

I know what you’re thinking – tomato ice cream?! You’ve gone too far. That’s what I thought until I came across this creative recipe from Grishma. On her cooking blog Zaika Zabardast, she created a Balsamic Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice Cream. It’s all the flavors of the caprese salad that you love captured into a cold, frozen dessert. Check out her creative tomato creation here.

Dry Them: DIY Sun Dried Tomatoes

DIY Sun-dried tomatoes

You can also preserve your tomatoes for later by drying them. In a few months from now when your longing for summer tomatoes has returned, you’ll be happy when you get to pull out these DIY sun-dried tomatoes to toss onto homemade pizzas, into pastas, and on your sandwich. I love this recipe on that gives you directions for making sun-dried tomatoes in your oven, in a dehydrator, and old-school, in the sun. This can also be a great project to enlist your kids’ help if they haven’t gone back to school yet!

What is your favorite tomato recipe?

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A mom to three boys, Kate Bayless has been assembling, testing out, and writing about children's gear for nearly a decade. An experienced freelance writer and editor in Southern California, Kate also covers parenting, travel, health and beauty for a variety of print and online publications. And lattes. She reviews lots of lattes. Visit her at