3 Ways To Use Summer Tomatoes Before Summer is Completely Over

When I was little, one side dish that made a weekly appearance at our Chesapeake, Virginia dinner table was stewed tomatoes. I’m not sure if it was because my palate was not yet developed that I completely loathed this stewed veggie concoction, or the fact that I was four years old and toddlerhood required that I hate all vegetables.

Whatever the case, now that my palate is so developed (Yes, that’s sarcasm), I absolutely love tomatoes. I’m still not totally jazzed about stewed tomatoes, but fresh – Oh yeah!

Summer is the season for tomatoes. This past summer I was loving the organic heirloom tomatoes from Trader Joe’s. They are firm with just the right amount of sweetness. Here are three simple but delicious recipes that will help you get the most out of those end of summer tomatoes.

Open Faced Tomato and Feta Sandwich

This one is pretty simple – just a sandwich!

Ingredients:

Bread

Feta Cheese

Heirloom Tomatoes

Salt and Pepper

Balsamic or White Wine Vinegar

Olive Oil

What You Do:

Lightly toast a piece of your bread. In a small bowl, mix together a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a bit of salt and pepper.

Spread your goat cheese on your toasted bread, then drizzle your vinegar mixture on top. Enjoy!

Guacamole BLT

Also, a very simple sandwich!

Ingredients:

Bread

Guacamole (You can make your own but I really like the pre-made kind they sell at Trader Joe’s)

Bacon

Tomatoes

Arugula (Or any type of lettuce you prefer)

What You Do:

Lightly toast your bread. Spread guacamole on toasted bread then add a few tomato slices, arugula and your cooked bacon. Enjoy!

Basil Pesto and Goat Cheese Tomato Salad

This is basically a take on caprese salad.

Ingredients:

Tomatoes

Goat Cheese

Fresh Basil

Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

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What You Do:

Finely chop your fresh basil. Place in a small bowl then add a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper and stir until the olive oil covers and soaks into your basil.

Slice your goat cheese and tomatoes into small circles. Place a slice of tomato on top of one slice of cheese. Add your basil mixture on top. Enjoy!