Put ripe, juicy tomatoes to good use with these easy recipe ideas.

By Emily McKenna

Out of season tomatoes are bland at best, mealy at worst. But they steal the show when devoured in their prime (now!), and need little more than a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt to shine. When choosing a tomato at the farmer’s market or in the grocery store, look for one that is deeply colored, smells sweet, and feels firm but not hard.

Try them in: Beefsteak Tomato Bread Salad

Nutritional bonus: Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin C (one medium tomato contains about a quarter of your recommended daily intake) and packed with antixodiants.

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The Perfect Tomato Sandwich
Form a sandwich with toasted white bread, mayonnaise, thick slices of tomatoes, salt, and pepper.

Easy Tomato Pasta
In a large bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Let sit at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for at least an hour. Toss with cooked pasta and chopped fresh basil.

Tomato and Brie Flat Bread
Roll out store-bought pizza dough and top with sliced tomatoes, chunks of Brie, and sliced red onion. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake at 425° F until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Tomato and Corn Salad With Feta
Toss halved cherry or grape tomatoes with raw corn kernels, your favorite vinaigrette, sliced scallions, and crumbled Feta. Season with salt and pepper.

Learn how to choose, store and prepare tomatoes.

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