Swimming in tomatoes? Sure, there are worse problems to have but it’s never a good feeling watching your summer harvest go to waste on your countertop. The good news is, you can use up all those delicious homegrown tomatoes with these easy vegan recipes. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor, preferably al fresco, as you take in the magic of these bittersweet late summer evenings.
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1. Eat Them Whole
Ok this one may seem obvious and isn’t exactly a recipe, but I found that until I grew my own cherry tomatoes, eating them whole as a snack didn’t really cross my mind. But fresh just plucked from the vine tomatoes are so much sweeter than their store bought counterparts and are the perfect low calorie snack.
2. Dip in Oil-Free Hummus
Make a seasonal appetizer by tossing some cherry tomatoes on a platter with a few other garden grown veggies (we love carrots, cukes, and radishes!) then dip in this oil-free hummus.
3. Make a Huge Salad
We like to make a salad with lunch and dinner every day. And there is no better salad ingredient in late summer than a cherry tomato. Want to make a salad that even salad haters will love? Grab our top tips for making hearty and delicious salads that’ll fill you up.
4. Mango Cherry Tomato Salsa
Image and recipe from Wholly Plants
When it comes to fresh tomato recipes, you can’t go wrong with salsa! We love this oil-free and refined sugar-free summer mango cherry tomato salsa recipe from Wholly Plants. Pair with oil-free tortilla chips, enjoy with vegan tacos, or add a healthy scoop to your MamaSezz Breakfast Protein Bowl.
5. Throw Them In Pasta
Is there anything better than an easy weeknight dinner that’s good for you, too? This oil-free recipe for Cherry Tomato Basil Pasta from No Sweat Vegan is ready in 20 minutes and a delicious way to use up all those fresh cherry tomatoes.
6. Or Enjoy with Zoodles
Living that gluten-free life? You can still enjoy your cherry tomatoes with a bowl of “pasta” thanks to the magic of zoodles, AKA zucchini noodles. Zucchini is another common bumper crop so if you had a lucrative summer garden, we’re guessing you’re swimming in those, too. We love this simple recipe for raw vegan pesto zoodles from our very own Chef Caroline because it uses up both your tomatoes AND your zucchini. (Get more ideas for using up all that zucchini here.)
7. Roast Them (Then Make Pizza!)
Roasting your cherry tomatoes is a great way to bring out all the wonderful flavors. And you don’t need oil to roast them!
How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes (Without Oil):
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Slice cherry tomatoes in half
- Place cherry tomatoes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to prevent sticking.
- Roast tomatoes for 40 minutes.
Now that you’ve got perfectly charred and roasted oil-free cherry tomatoes, toss those babies on your favorite gluten-free pizza crust and drizzle with MamaSezz Mama’s Mac Sauce for a healthy vegan pizza night!
8. Make Tomato Soup
Image and recipe from Sweet Simple Vegan
Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of tomato soup? This 6-ingredient vegan tomato soup recipe from Sweet Simply Vegan is perfect for those early (and chilly) fall evenings.
9. Make Tomato Sauce
Homemade tomato sauce is so much better than the jarred stuff! And this easy tomato sauce recipe from A Virtual Vegan uses cherry tomatoes and is ready in 20 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight sauce.
(Psst...don't have even 20 minutes? We hear ya...life gets busy! That's why we made MamaSezz Oil-Free Marinara Sauce. No preservatives, low sodium, and zero refined sugar. Just real whole food ingredients to make mealtime easy and healthy.)
10. Freeze Them!
Preserving your harvest is a great way to ensure you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But if canning intimidates you, freezing is another great option to let you enjoy fresh tomato recipes all year long. And cherry tomatoes freeze beautifully and easily. Here's how to freeze your cherry tomatoes correctly.
1. Make Vegan "BLTs"
An All-American sandwich with a plant-based twist, this vegan “BLT” from Mamasezz Chef Caroline is the ultimate vegan tomato recipe. It has all the best elements of the original, without any of the stuffed that bogs you down. And it is absolutely crave-worthy when you use those fresh heirloom tomatoes.
2. Add to Your Guacamole
We love us some guac! And this simple recipe is a great way to use up those heirloom tomatoes. Enjoy with multigrain tortilla chips, raw veggies, or as a topping to your favorite vegan taco. And it only takes 5 minutes to prepare!
3. Top Your Veggie Burger
Anyone else kind of obsessed with topping their veggie burgers with even more veggies? Ok, I guess a tomato is a fruit, but you get where I'm going. And an heirloom tomato is the burger topping jackpot. No time to make your own veggie burger? We've got you covered with our hearty MamaSezz High Protein Burger.
4. Mushroom Stuffed Tomatoes
This oil-free dish lets you take advantage of tomato season while you still can! Hearty and savory, this mushroom-stuffed vegan tomato recipe is the perfect summer supper.
5. Oil-Free Bruschetta
Always a popular fresh tomato recipe, this oil-free bruschetta can be made in minutes and is always a crowd-pleaser.
Well there you have it!
Enjoy those tomatoes while you can!
By Ali Brown
Ali is a mom, wife, and nutrition and lifestyle writer and editor. She has her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.