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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Roasting your cherry tomatoes is a great way to bring out all the wonderful flavors. And you don’t need oil to roast them!
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Always a popular fresh tomato recipe, this oil-free bruschetta can be made in minutes and is always a crowd-pleaser.
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.