5 Quick, Easy, Delicious Recipes for Fresh Tomatoes

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    Quick, Easy, Delicious Recipes for Fresh Tomatoes

    Recipes Using Fresh Tomatoes. Photo Elaine Lemm

    From late April through to autumn fresh tomatoes are dripping from the vine. A fresh ripe tomato is always at its best plucked and used as quickly as possible to retain all the flavours and goodness.

    Ripe, fresh tomatoes do not need much fuss but should be served as simply as possible and here are 5 things to make with tomatoes which allow all that's best in a fresh tomato to shine through.

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  • 02 of 06

    The Quickest Tomato Sauce Recipe

    Fresh Tomato Sauce. Getty

    If you must cook the fresh tomatoes, then make it a short, burst of heat to preserve all the goodness. This quick tomato sauce is so easy to make. It is incredibly versatile as it can be eaten immediately, can be stored in the fridge for a few days and also freezes well, so a good way to use up a glut of tomatoes.

    The sauce is lovely served on a bowl of fresh pasta with a good sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and fresh black pepper and can also be used as a sauce for grilled meats and fish.

    Quick...MORE Tomato Sauce Recipe.

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  • 03 of 06

    Long Slow Oven Roast Tomatoes

    Slow Roast Tomatoes. Getty

    I grow cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket by my back door and I eat them like sweets all through the summer. There are times when the toms are tumbling off the vines too quickly to eat and a great way of preserving them is to roast in the oven and then store in the fridge covered in a little olive oil. They don't stay there for long though, they are simply too hard to resist. Here is how to oven dry them and a delicious recipe that takes very little time to put together.

    Oven Roasting...MORE Tomatoes

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  • 04 of 06

    Summer Tomato, Roasted Pepper and Bread Salad

    Summer Tomato, Pepper and Bread Salad. Getty

    A chunky, robust salad makes a wonderful meal of all its own. Here, the peppers are roasted under a grill (or in an oven if you do not have a grill) while the tomatoes are simply drained and the juices then seasoned.  Thus making a really exciting and delicious salad.

    Although this salad is called 'summer' it can actually be eaten at any time of year. Roasting the vegetables intensifies the flavour making the imported lack-lustre varieties tasty in the darker, winter months.

    Summer Tomato,...MORE Roasted Pepper and Bread Salad Recipe

    This salad is also known as Panzanella, or  Tuscan bread salad.

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  • 05 of 06

    Chop, Shred and Tear Fresh Salsa Recipe

    Fresh Tomato Bruschetta. David Roth - Getty Images

    Making a fresh tomato salsa is so, so easy. Chop, fresh ripe tomatoes and a small onion. Shred a handful of fresh cilantro/coriander into tiny strips and tear a handful of basil leaves. Put the whole lot into a large bowl, sprinkle with sea salt and few grinds of fresh black pepper and a large glug of fruity, extra virgin olive oil, cover and leave for 30 minutes.

    This simple salsa can then be used as a side dish to grilled foods, on steamed fish or roast chicken, and my favorite - on grilled...MORE bread. Take a few slices of thick, country bread, rub one side with a clove of garlic and top with the salsa. A perfect dish for a summers day.

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  • 06 of 06

    Classic Gazpacho Recipe

    Classic Gazpacho Recipe.

    The searing heat of an Andalusian summer's day is easily quenched with a bowl, or a glass, of a chilled, spiky Gazpacho and even in cooler climes is still delicious. Gazpacho oozes goodness with its list of fresh ingredients and the star player, the tomato.