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Fresh tomatoes are one of the greatest joys of summer. They lend themselves to countless preparations - from refreshing sauces and salads to sandwiches and satisfying entrees. So make the most of this summer fruit (did you think it was a vegetable?) with these fresh tomatoes recipes:
Looking for a refreshing main course? Try stuffing fresh tomatoes with tuna, scallions, sage and green peppercorns for a little extra oomph. This recipe (pictured above) is only a guideline - use your creativity to create other amazing flavor combos.
Italian Tomato Dip
This luscious sauce made with fresh tomato and basil is the equivalent of an Italian salsa. Use it to top bruschetta, dip chips or as a salad dressing. Here's the recipe.
Open-Faced Grilled Cheese Sandwich
You can make this tempting open-faced grilled cheese sandwich right on the grill. Get the bread golden brown and top with shredded cheddar and slices of fresh tomato for an irresistible snack or lunch.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Next time you spot gorgeous heirloom tomatoes at the farmers' market use them to make this stunning salad. An Asian-inspired vinaigrette brings out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and makes for a flavorful side dish.
Tomato, Arugula, Parmesan Salad
Shaved Parmesan cheese adds elegance to this delicious salad of fresh tomatoes and arugula. Enjoy it on its own or with grilled chicken, steak or pasta for a satisfying meal.