Want more recipes?

Try Forks Meal Planner and get hundreds of whole-food, plant-based recipes at your fingertips.


It’s that time of year when tomatoes are cheap, plentiful, and at their seasonal peak. If you find yourself with more juicy tomatoes than you know what to do with, here are some tantalizing dishes!

Greek-Style Stuffed Tomatoes

The intense flavors of peak-season produce make these stuffed tomatoes tastier than ever. Filled with brown rice, currants, roasted pine nuts, and a choice selection of herbs, they make a scrumptious side dish fit for any occasion.

View Recipe

Polenta and Sweet Potato Mash with Mushroom Sauce

In this incredibly satisfying, robust family meal, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms are served over mashed sweet potato and polenta. Mathematically speaking, this is comfort food squared!

View Recipe

Struggling to cook healthy meals at home?

Forks Meal Planner is here to help.

Garden Tomato Soup with Chickpeas

This vibrant summertime soup features chickpeas in a blended base made from tomato, bell pepper, onion, and garlic, topped with pumpkin seeds, quartered cherry tomatoes, and parsley.

View Recipe

Air-Fried Green Tomatoes

In this oil-free take on a Southern classic, unripe green tomatoes are coated in subtly spiced breadcrumbs and fried in an air-fryer to delicious effect: Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, these tasty treats are stealthily healthy. Serve with Creamy Dairy-Free Dill Ranch Dip. Notes a reader, “Totally awesome recipe!”

View Recipe

Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Tartines

Smarten up your toast-topping repertoire with these delectable sprouted whole grain toasts. Just add a slather of a creamy cannellini bean spread and top with tangy cherry tomatoes, cool cucumber slices, a few beans, and fresh basil to create a nourishing meal or snack. Shares one fan, “A hit in our household!”

View Recipe

Fresh Tomato Ketchup

There really is nothing like transforming a box of in-season tomatoes into a delectable sauce, rich with spicy flavor. And it’s easy to do: Most of the work is hands-off, as you let the tomatoes simmer on the stove. Once made, ketchup will keep for 6-8 months if unopened, 1 month when opened.

View Recipe

Quick Summer Tomato Soup with Pesto Breadsticks

Thick and absolutely delicious, this vegan tomato soup features both fresh and canned tomatoes, sweet potato, navy beans, and corn. Serve with twisty pesto breadsticks for a meal that’ll be remembered long after the dishes have been cleared.

View Recipe

Tomato Tamarind Chutney

Having chutney on hand is an easy way to boost the flavor of curries, grain bowls, or sandwiches, and making your own is easier than you’d think. Here, the grassy aroma of fresh tomato mingles with the sweet tang of tamarind paste in this flavor-packed homemade chutney. A few toasted cumin seeds and black mustard seeds add complex flavor to tie it all together.

View Recipe

Ratatouille Baked Penne

This saucy vegan ratatouille—fragrant with fresh herbs and loaded with veggies, kidney beans, and whole grain pasta—is one for the whole family!

View Recipe

Creamy Avocado-Kale Pasta

Fresh asparagus and cherry tomatoes take center stage in this scrumptious pasta dish, which also features a palate-pleasing kale-and-avocado sauce. Writes a reviewer, “This dish is so delicious! I have made it for my family, and they all loved it. If you have a toddler, this dish works very well as they can grab the pasta with their hands and they get a good serving of veggies even if they don’t eat the asparagus and/or tomatoes.”

View Recipe

Chipotle-Watermelon Gazpacho

Equal parts cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and watermelon, this chilled summer soup has a tangy flavor and crunch that’s instantly refreshing. Cumin powder and chipotle chile powder add an earthiness and a pop of heat, while lemon zest, lemon juice, and cilantro give it a zesty lift.

View Recipe

Spicy Tomato Sushi Rolls

You’ll savor every bite of these vegan sushi. Wrapped in toasted nori sheets, riced butternut squash adds extra sweetness to sticky brown rice and perfectly pairs with the spicy tomato-vegetable filling. Notes a commenter, “These are delicious and the tomatoes make for a wonderful mouth feel instead of meat or fish.”

View Recipe

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Whether you’re entertaining or looking for a movie night snack, this smoky salsa and a batch of homemade baked tortilla chips will have everyone munching happily. And it’s ready in only 20 minutes!

View Recipe

Chickpea and Corn Fritters with Tomato-Corn Chutney

These fabulous oven-baked fritters, served with a dollop of homemade tomato and corn chutney, have that going-out-to-brunch feel. The chutney, which features tomato, corn, apples, and sweet onion, needs to be simmered for 10 minutes; it can be prepared while you’re waiting for the fritters to bake.

View Recipe

Sunshine Gazpacho

Golden heirloom tomatoes give this refreshing gazpacho a gorgeous golden hue, while fresh apple gives it a fruity kick. Other tomato varieties would also work, but expect the color to change accordingly. Notes a fan, “Refreshing and delicious. What a creative way to enjoy fresh raw veggies and gazpacho!”

View Recipe

Myrna’s Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce is incredibly handy to have around and a great vehicle for capturing the sweet, sweet fragrance of in-season tomatoes.

We love it! I use it wherever marinara sauce is used.”—Christine

View Recipe

Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Basil

For a simple summertime meal, take your favorite whole grain spaghetti, toss through garlicky-roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, and fresh basil, and watch as friends and family wonder who the gourmet chef is.

View Recipe

Sweet Potato Bruschetta with Avocado-Tomato Topping

Bruschetta isn’t just for bread: Sweet potatoes serve as a flavorful base in this plant-packed appetizer. A refreshing mix of veggies and creamy avocado top things off.

View Recipe

Italian Roasted Vegetable and Wheat Berry Buddha Bowl

This luscious bowl gets twice the tomato goodness, with roasted cherry tomatoes and marinara sauce.

View Recipe

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Tomato plays beautifully with another MVP of summer produce—red bell pepper—in this satisfying soup.

View Recipe

Comments (2)

(5 from 2 votes)
Your Rating has been added Your Comment has been added
Add a Comment and/or Rating
Leave a Reply
Recipe Rating
Please provide a rating
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
You need to provide a comment or rating to submit
Izabela8 months ago
Do you want to report this comment as inappropriate?

What a treat! Thank you <3

Ilene Kasper8 months ago
Do you want to report this comment as inappropriate?

As someone with laryngeal/pharyngeal reflux and overactive bladder, tomatoes are off my list of veggies to eat. In most recipes is it ok just to eliminate them.?

Thank you, Ilene Kasper

Headshot of Lisa Esile, MS
about the author

Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.

see more from this author
Forks Meal Planner Free Plan
Free download

Free 5-Day Meal Plan!

Get a taste for healthy, fuss-free meal planning with this free five-day meal plan from Forks Meal Planner!

More from Forks Over Knives

Join our mailing list

Get free recipes and the latest info on living a happy, healthy plant-based lifestyle.