6 Tasty Recipes Using Heirloom Tomatoes

6 tasty recipes using heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomato season is in full swing and Marin mama can’t get enough of them. I simply LOVE heirloom tomatoes!  Heirloom tomatoes are sweet, juicy and have an intense one of a kind flavor, they’re not bland like most grocery store varieties. Because heirloom season is short (only 3 months) I tend to get a bit obsessed with them and eat them daily if I can.

So I thought I would share with you all 6 tasty and easy recipes that incorporate heirloom tomatoes. I’ve even tossed in 2 new recipes ideas into this post.  So go out and grab a couple of heirloom tomatoes today and make one of the below recipes this week. Your taste buds will be thanking me…

By the way, I’m now writing a monthly food column for the Marin Independent Journal.  Yippee, Whoo Hoo! My first column showcased a recipe using heirloom tomatoes, of course!  Hey, I just admitted that I’m a bit obsessed! I’m so excited to be writing for the local paper. My column will run the 3rd Wednesday of each month, so feel free to check it out if you want!

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Grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes.

This bruschetta is SO EASY to make, just take some crusty french bread, rub it with bit of garlic, grill it up and then top it with some sliced heirlooms, olive oil, a splash of balsamic and sliced basil, and you have the perfect summer side to any meal.

Grilled bruschetta with heirloom tomato

 Make it a meal and pair it with a kid friendly caesar salad and some Israeli couscous salad (which you can also add some heirloom tomatoes to in lieu of cherry tomatoes, see I am obsessed) and you have yourself an easy meatless summer-time meal to enjoy on the deck!

Kid friendly Caesar salad heirloom tomato bruschetta Israeli couscous salad

Heirloom tomato soup.

 Ok, for those of you that know me, know that I’m totally obsessed with this soup. This soup is vegan, pure and made with such simple and fresh seasonal ingredients. It’s creamy without the cream, and it honestly doesn’t taste like your typical tomato soup, as its sweeter and not acidic. My kids and friends go crazy for this soup and can’t wait for heirloom tomato season each year, so we can make batches upon batches of this soup.

Heirloom tomato soup

We love pairing this soup with a grilled cheese with roasted broccoli sandwich for an easy meatless Monday meal or a batch of popovers!

Grilled cheese with broccoli

We also love pairing this soup with a simple cheese quesadilla. This soup literally pairs with just about anything!

Heirloom tomato soup with quesadilla

Heirloom tomato and avocado toast. 

This is pretty much my go-to lunch everyday in the summer!  It’s SO easy and SO tasty!  You can make it 2 simple ways.  All you need are 4 simple ingredients!

Heirloom tomato soup with avocado heirloom tomato toast

Heirloom tomato and avocado toast:

  • sliced bread. We love using a bread from Della Fattoria.  It’s local and so fresh!  The best!  We also love using pre-sliced Dave’s killer bread.
  • avocado
  • heirloom tomato, sliced thin
  • coarse sea salt

Bruschetta style:

  1. Slice up some of your favorite bread.
  2. Brush both sides of the bread with some olive oil.
  3. Put the bread under the broiler until both sides are browned to your liking.
  4. Cut an avocado in half, take a fork and smash it onto the bread.
  5. Top the avocado with a sliced heirloom tomato.
  6. Top the tomato with some coarse sea salt.

Easy lunch-time toast:

  1. Take 2 slices of bread.
  2. Put the bread in the toaster.
  3. Cut an avocado in half, take a fork and smash it onto the bread.
  4. Top the avocado with a sliced heirloom tomato.
  5. Top the tomato with some coarse sea salt.

Heirloom tomato and avocado toast

 

Bacon, avocado and heirloom tomato toast.  

This is not really a recipe, but a great way to jazz up the old BLT.  We call this a BAT (bacon, avocado and tomato) instead of a BLT 😉

We just omitted the lettuce for some avocado!  This is an easy peasy kid-approved weeknight dinner or lunch!  Just toast up some of your favorite sliced bread, take a fork and smash half of an avocado onto one slice, top it with a sliced heirloom tomato, add a few slices of bacon and maybe add a bit of mayo, and voila, you have yourself one amazing sandwich! Yum!

Bacon avocado and heirloom tomato toast

Heirloom tomato gazpacho.

If you’re more a fan of a cold soup in the summer, then you have to try this gazpacho. Gazpacho is seriously the perfect summer soup for many reasons. First off, it’s a cold soup, so it’s the perfect soup to sip on a hot summer day or night. Secondly, it doesn’t require you to heat up a stove or oven, which is bonus when it’s 90 plus degrees out. I call it the lazy mans soup because when your tired and famished all you have to do is pull out a batch from the fridge, pour it in a bowl and eat away.

It’s also a great weekday soup because it takes under 30 minutes to make, just chop up the fresh ingredients and toss them in a blender! Make a batch in the morning while the kids are eating breakfast, or before you rush off to work, and when you come home all tired from a long day, you dinner will be ready! How nice does that sound?

Heirloom tomato gazpacho

Quinoa with tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint:

This is the perfect healthy summer salad! It’s chock-full of fresh herbs, cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes, which are at their ripest in the summer months. This salad is BURSTING with FLAVOR! I might even say that it’s a bit better the next day when all of the flavors had a chance to meld together! It’s the perfect salad for a summer lunch, side dish for dinner, as well as the quintessential salad to bring to your next potluck or picnic. It’s easy to whip up, and can be made a day ahead! Awesome!

Quinoa with tomatoes and cucumber and parsley and mint

Another item that I’m a bit obsessed with is quinoa. I’ll be sharing with you all these easy one-pan Mexican quinoa wraps. This is such an easy dinner and makes great leftovers! Yum!

One pan Mexican quinoa wrap in the pan

Ok, go out and pick up some heirlooms today! Hey, if you make one of the above recipes, please let me know which one you made and how it turned out for you!  I would love to hear from you!

With love Jackie

Heirloom Tomatoes and Avocado Toast

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Recipe by Jackie

    Ingredients

    • sliced bread. We love using a bread from Della Fattoria.  It’s local and so fresh!  The best!  We also love using pre-sliced Dave’s killer bread.

    • avocado

    • heirloom tomato, sliced thin

    • coarse sea salt

    Directions

    • Bruschetta style:
    • Slice up some of your favorite bread.

    • Brush both sides of the bread with some olive oil.

    • Put the bread under the broiler until both sides are browned to your liking.

    • Cut an avocado in half, take a fork and smash it onto the bread.

    • Top the avocado with a sliced heirloom tomato.

    • Top the tomato with some coarse sea salt.

    • Easy lunch-time toast:
    • Take 2 slices of bread.

    • Put the bread in the toaster.

    • Cut an avocado in half, take a fork and smash it onto the bread.

    • Top the avocado with a sliced heirloom tomato.

    • Top the tomato with some coarse sea salt.

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      6 thoughts on “6 Tasty Recipes Using Heirloom Tomatoes”

      1. Audrey Dinkeloo

        I can’t wait to try them all! I love your recipes! I make your chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt all the time! I double the batch, make my cookies balls and freeze them in freezer bags so they’re ready whenever to just bake!
        Thank you !!!

        1. Hi Audrey! Yippee! I’m so happy to hear that you love my recipes. Yay! I also adore those chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt. I love the idea of freezing the cookie balls, I need to try that, but with my crew, they tend to pound the cookies pretty quickly, especially with their friends coming over after school. I hope you try one of these heirloom recipes. The heirloom tomato soup is the BOMB! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! I really love hearing from readers! xoxo, Jacquelyn

      2. I love your blog. I need to buy a food processor to try some of your recipes. What brand of food processor do you use?
        I can’t wait to try the cookies. 🙂

        1. Hi Avis! I’m so happy to hear that you love the blog! I have a mini prep that I use a lot as well, as the my bigger food processor that I find myself using more and more, so I would totally recommend getting one of those. Between that and my vitamix, I can basically get anything done. Here’s the link to the food processor that I have. http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-505479/Cuisinart+Food+Processor
          I hope you love the cookies! We are making them all the time!
          xoxo, Jacquelyn

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