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Heirloom Tomato Recipes that are Gorgeous & Delicious

Red, orange, green, and maybe purple. Stripey or solid, some with lumps others with creases. There’s only one beautiful fruit we could be talking about: heirloom tomatoes.

With a dizzying array of colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors, heirloom tomatoes are unlike any other tomato you’ve had before. And when you combine a variety of sliced heirloom tomatoes on a plate, they create a gorgeous display that’s almost too pretty to eat.

Whether you like them in salads, pasta, a tart, or simply dressed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, here are some must-try recipes meant for the incredible bounty of heirloom goodness.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Toasted Walnuts & Smoked Blue Cheese

heirloom tomato salad

Sweet heirloom tomatoes are paired with crunchy walnuts and salty blue cheese to create this elegant salad.

Along with the aforementioned ingredients, salt, pepper, fresh dill, and fresh parsley are added for a dash of flavor and herbiness.

After the tomatoes are arranged to your liking, the whole salad is topped off with a simple homemade dressing.

Find the full recipe at Feasting at Home

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

caprese salad

Sweet and simple, this Caprese salad lets the heirloom tomatoes be the star of the show.

Tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are cut into 1/4-inch slices before being arranged together onto a serving plate.

The whole plate is then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and topped off with fresh salt and pepper.

Find the full recipe at Once Upon A Chef

Heirloom Tomato Flatbread with Fried Basil

heiloom tomato flat bread

Consider this heirloom tomato flatbread to be a healthy twist on those Italian pizza flavors you love.

In this simple recipe, flatbread is lightly broiled before being topped with burrata cheese and heirloom tomato slices.

The flatbread is finished off with a drizzle of olive oil and a topping of lightly fried basil leaves.

Find the full recipe at Love and Olive Oil

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Cutlets with Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad

heirloom tomatoes chicken cutlets

Though heirloom tomatoes are served mostly as a topping to this recipe, they’re integral to the overall flavor of the dish.

In this recipe, chicken cutlets are dredged through flour and an egg wash before being pressed into crushed pistachios.

Once they’re fried up, they’re topped with a simple salad of heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper.

Find the full recipe at Edible Seattle

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

heirloom tomato gazpacho

Though it may be hot soup season now, but when the sun peeks out, consider trying out this gazpacho!

Heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, bell pepper, and a variety of spices are all blended up to create this flavorful veggie-forward cool soup.

Top it all off with extra chopped veggies and a sprig of basil.

Find the full recipe at Welcome to the Table

Heirloom Tomato Tarte Tatin

tomato tarts

Vegan-friendly and the perfect combination of savory-sweet, these tomato tarte tatins are a great way to celebrate heirloom tomatoes!

A simple tart dough is filled with basil, shallots, garlic, and of course, heirloom tomatoes.

Serve these at your next brunch alongside some seasonal fruit and your favorite breakfast protein.

Find the full recipe at Bob’s Red Mill

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Charred Corn & Pepper Salsa

tomato charred corn salsa salad

Here’s another salad, but this time charred corn and roasted red peppers make for a spicy complement to sweet tomatoes.

Tomatoes are tossed with salt and a bit of vinegar to balance out their sweetness before being topped with the charred corn and pepper salsa.

Finish off your salad with queso fresco for saltiness and Aleppo pepper for a spicy kick.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Olives & Basil

bruschetta heirloom tomatoes

A classic way to enjoy the flavor of tomatoes is in a simple bruschetta!

Tomatoes, olives, balsamic vinegar, basil, oil, salt, and pepper are tossed together to create the perfect topping for slices of crunchy baguette.

Serve your bruschetta as an appetizer to a larger Italian meal, or enjoy it as a standalone snack.

Find the full recipe at Once Upon a Chef

Warm Gnocchi & Heirloom Tomato Salad

warm gnocchi salad

A light, simple meal for a busy weeknight, this warm gnocchi and heirloom tomato salad comes together in about half-an-hour and calls for just a handful of ingredients.

Gnocchi is boiled and then lightly cooked in an oiled skillet before being sautéed with garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

It’s all finished with some fresh basil, baby arugula, and grated Pecorino cheese. Enjoy this meal as-is or serve it alongside some grilled chicken for a well-rounded meal.

Find the full recipe at Love and Olive Oil

Heirloom Tomato Lentil Tabouli

salad lentil mint

A simple, flavorful, and healthy salad, this zesty heirloom tomato lentil tabouli is perfect for a quick lunch or as a side dish to dinner.

All you have to do is toss cooked lentils, tomatoes, parsley, mint, red onion, garlic, and in a bowl, and you’ve got a simple side dish packed full of flavor.

Top it all off with a sprig of fresh mint for a little flair.

Find the full recipe at Edible Seattle

Heirloom Tomato, Basil & Manchego Toast

heirloom tomato toast

Fancy toast, anyone?

An easy way to savor heirloom tomatoes, this toast is a simple combination of butter, garlic, manchego cheese, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and flaky sea salt.

Enjoy this toast as a midday snack or serve it at your next brunch.

Find the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Heirloom Tomato & Shallot Confit

pork tenderloin with heirloom tomato confit

Though this simple meal calls for just a few ingredients and can be cooked in one pan, it’s quite elegant and is a delicious way to enjoy pork tenderloin.

Pork tenderloin is quickly seared before being combined with shallots and garlic. Tomatoes and raisins are then added to the mix to provide a sweet component for the pork.

Serve your pork sliced on the bed of tomato confit with your favorite greens on the side.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Heirloom BLT Salad (with Coconut Bacon!)

heirloom blt salad

Classic BLT, but make it a salad, and vegetarian-friendly with homemade coconut bacon!

In this salad recipe, kale, heirloom tomatoes, and homemade croutons are combined with DIY bacon-flavored coconut flakes to create a BLT-inspired salad.

Top it all off with a homemade lemon-tahini dressing for a punch of zestiness.

Find the full recipe at Cookie + Kate

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By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.