There's Nothing Like a Good Tomato

3 in-season tomato recipes

In late August and early September, delicious tomatoes are abundant, and they taste the way tomatoes should taste. No matter what the variety — plum, beefsteak, heirloom or grape — tomatoes are perfect for sprucing up a main dish, or can make the most wonderful salads and sides.

As I kid, I spent a lot of time at the east end of Long Island, where they grow the most delicious tomatoes. I can remember my father sending me off with $2 to get a bag full at the local farm stand. Now my kids and I enjoy tomatoes right out of our backyard garden, and we come up with inventive ways to add them to our meals ... at least the ones we don’t just eat straight up! Here are three of my favorite ways to enjoy the season's best tomatoes.
Tomato Basil Salad
Tomato Basil SaladThis recipe is a no-brainer; you just toss together some of the season's best flavors and you can't go wrong!
  • 6-7 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of kosher salt and pepper 
Toss the ingredients together in a salad bowl and serve.
Nutrition information per serving; makes approximately 6 servings:

40 calories
1 gram protein
4 grams carbohydrate
2.5 grams fat
1 gram fiber
2.5 grams sugar
48 mg sodium
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Tomato Cucumber SaladThis salad is delicious on its own, or can be sprinkled over a piece of chicken or fish for a flavorful, healthy meal.
  • 3 cups sliced red and/or yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups Kirby cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 black Kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
Toss together in a salad bowl and serve.
Nutrition information per serving; makes approximately 6 servings:
62 calories
2 grams protein
5 grams carbohydrate
4 grams fat
1 gram fiber
1 gram sugar
140 mg sodium
BruschettaThis classic Italian bread-topper tastes absolutely divine when you use ripe, juicy tomatoes. I spoon my bruschetta onto whole-wheat baguette rounds.
  • 5-6 plum tomatoes or 3 beefsteak tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced finely
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste 
A whole-wheat baguette, cut into ½-inch rounds and toasted
Combine all of the ingredients except for the bread. Allow the mixture to sit for about 2-4 hours. Spoon onto the baguette rounds and enjoy!
Nutrition information per serving (doesn't include bread); makes approximately 10 servings:
36 calories
0.5 gram protein
3 grams carbohydrate
2.5 grams fat
1 gram fiber
2 grams sugar
28 mg sodium


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Sara Ryba is a registered dietitian, certified dietary nutritionist and a contributor to The FIRM Believers Club website, an online community that helps you reach your fitness, health and weight loss goals. With maximum-efficiency home workouts, support and motivation from The FIRM Master Instructors, daily tips, personalized workout rotation calendars, and access to other members through discussion boards, The Club provides all the tools you need to get in the shape you want.


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