Tomato season is on. I harvested 45 pounds of heirloom paste and slicing tomatoes in one go earlier this week, and these larger tomatoes already need to be picked again. The cherry tomatoes have been prolific too; bowls of them are currently scattered around my house, waiting to be eaten, frozen, or canned.
As I share this week in my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon, fresh cherry tomatoes and small cucumbers make a delicious salad. Nothing beats the taste of homegrown ones, of course, but local farmers can do the work for you and even a larger tomato and cucumber can be sliced up for a similarly quick, bright dish when they’re in season. Although most people think of a balsamic-based vinaigrette for tomatoes, I love to flavor this pairing with an Asian-inspired dressing—especially if I’m eating it with the recipe I shared in last week’s Flathead Beacon column: Zucchini-Basil Pancakes, one of my favorite was to use zucchini.
Learn more about cherry tomato varieties and get the complete recipe for Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Asian-Inspired Dressing in my column.
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If you’re lucky enough to have a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes, you can enjoy them in many dishes or store them for winter use like some larger tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are one of my favorites to freeze, because they take so little work: just wash them, pop them in a freezer bag, and stick them in the freezer. I highly recommend saving even a bag or two this way so that you can enjoy their sunny, sweet flavor on a dark winter evening.
You’ll want to use these tomatoes fresh for salad, but fresh or frozen cherry tomatoes can be used in many dishes. Here are just a few other cherry tomato recipes on the blog. You can find more ways to use cherry-size and larger tomatoes in the recipe index.
You can also get recipes for Grilled Cherry Tomato and Corn Salsa and for Ripe Cherry Tomato Pickles in my pickling cookbook.
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