5 vegan ways to use up your Summer Tomatoes

Summer TomatoesLately I have been buying tomatoes every week at the Farmer’s Market. They look so colorful and delicious, and I know they will be gone for Fall soon. Because I have been buying so many tomatoes I have been coming up with various ways to use up these end of summer tomatoes. Here are my 5 favorite ways to use up summer tomatoes:

Summer Tomatoes

Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

I loosely followed this recipe. I mixed the garlic, dried herbs and red chili flakes with the tomatoes before they went in the oven. I love the flavor of roasted garlic! This sauce was simple and delicious over pasta.

Summer Tomatoes

Vegan BLT

The classic sandwich is a great way to use heirloom tomatoes. I use the vegan bacon from Sweet Earth (apparently this is available at Target now!) for my BLT. You may notice I have mustard in my sandwich…I don’t like mayo in my sandwiches…EVER. I also used arugula because I had some on hand after making my Apple Arugula Salad.

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Bruschetta

I have been enjoying bruschetta all summer long. You can use either cherry, plum or heirloom tomatoes in the recipe. Also if you have basil left over make a quick pesto. Spread your toasted bread with pesto before topping with the bruschetta.

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Fresh Pomodoro Sauce

I followed this recipe from Giada de Laurentiis. I loved the technique of grating large tomatoes into the sauce. I substituted cashew cream for the ricotta and just added salt to taste to replace the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Cashew Cream is 1/3 cup of cashews blended with 1 cup of water. Start with 1/2 cup of cashew cream in this recipes and add more to taste if needed.

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Salsa

Fresh Salsa is a great way to use summer tomatoes…mostly because it means you get to eat more chips! I also use my fresh salsa on burritos, quesadillas and tacos. Pico de Gallo is another great summer tomato use up.

Summer Tomatoes

What is your favorite way to use up end of summer tomatoes?

Summertime Tomato Bruschetta

Do you have any foods that you love in certain preparations and hate in others? I’m that way with tomatoes. I find them abominable on sandwiches. I have no idea why anyone would want tomato (or mayo for that matter) on their sandwich. It is rarely a good tomato so it adds no flavor and turns the whole thing to mealy mush. However, I love tomatoes turned into sauces and salsas. Fresh tomatoes only appeal to me at the height of summer and in a select few recipes. One of those recipes is bruschetta. Summertime tomato bruschetta with tons of basil and garlic on thick, crusty sourdough is heavenly.

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