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Too Many Tomatoes? Try These Five Recipes Before They're Mush

Photo: Katherine Flynn

You get to the farmers' market, and it's hard not to be enthralled by the beautiful produce and family farm vendors. Two hours later, you're coming home with an empty wallet and bags and bags of produce you don't know what to do with. This time of year, that certainly includes tomatoes, and like most seasonal produce, your window for getting maximum flavor is small. Before your prized tomatoes turn to mush, try these recipes to use up your tomatoes in different ways.

Tomatoes and summertime, peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers. Some things are just meant to go together. Once summer rolls around, it's all too easy to get excited about the beautiful summer fruits and vegetables. For many of us, that means we buy too many tomatoes. Save your wallet and your mini tomato crop you've accumulated in your kitchen with these recipes that showcase tomatoes in unique ways. 

Zesty Heirloom Gazpacho

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Highlighting yellow, green and red tomatoes, this cold soup can last in the fridge for a few days and makes a great refreshing lunch or light dinner.

Lemony Herbed Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Photo: Randy Mayor

​Any tomato variety can be used here but bruschetta does especially well with cherry or grape-sized tomatoes. 

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey

This recipe uses other staples beyond tomatoes you can buy at the farmers' market, such as peaches, cucumbers and fresh basil. 

Egg and Tomato Open-Faced Sandwich

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Brighten up your breakfast sandwich with a sliced, ripe heirloom tomato. You can even skip the bread and use the tomato as the main base of the sandwich. 

 

Tomato and Peach Flatbreads with Basil

Photo: Erin Kunkel

Utilize two farmers' market staples in one summertime dish you can make on the grill.