Farmer’s Market Finds: Tomatoes

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds—a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week to week. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on. Then we’ll share some of our favorite recipes to try out at home. This week, tomatoes take the spotlight.

From ketchup to tomato soup, this juicy fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) is extremely versatile. While some tomatoes are available year-round, they’re technically in season from July to October. Look for plump, heavy tomatoes with smooth, glossy skin that’s mostly blemish-free. In terms of color, it depends on the variety. Regardless, make sure that the tomato is slightly firm, but not too squishy. Once you’ve found your perfect match, bite into one of these luscious tomato recipes.


Grilled Chicken With Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Photo by Jennifer Causey

Tomato salad is the perfect side for sweet and smoky barbecued chicken. Heirloom tomato wedges plus thinly sliced cucumbers, lemon juice and a hint of salt and pepper make this recipe pop. Buy local tomatoes for the richest most complex flavor.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken With Tomato-Cucumber Salad


Tomato and Olive Panzanella

Photo by Anna Wolf

Who says salad needs lettuce? Chopped tomatoes, olives, fresh herbs and croutons are the heart and soul of this dish. The longer the tomatoes sit with the croutons, the softer the toasted bread will become.

Get the recipe: Tomato and Olive Panzanella


Tomato With Ricotta and Herbs

Photo by Greg Dupree

Creamy ricotta and fresh herbs bring out the sweetness of the tomato, without stealing its thunder.

Get the recipe: Tomatoes with Ricotta and Herbs


Pico de Gallo

Photo by Greg DuPree

Upgrade taco night with fresh, homemade pico de gallo. While we used plum tomatoes, you can swap out whatever looks best. Jalapeños transform this dish from a bowl of chopped tomatoes to the life of the party.

Get the recipe: Pico de Gallo


Creamy Tomato Halloumi Soup

Photo by Greg DuPree

Keep the canned soup for emergencies. Fresh tomatoes lighten up this comforting classic, plus you'll know exactly what's in your bowl. Don’t worry, halloumi cheese still makes it deliciously creamy.

Get the recipe: Creamy Tomato Halloumi Soup