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The best recipes for your bounty of summer tomatoes

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Tomatoes overrunning the garden? Use 'em up with these seasonal recipes

Because you can make only so much tomato sauce and salsas, we've gathered some of the best recipes from our favorite food bloggers and compiled them all for your cooking pleasure.

Those plump, juicy tomatoes — the ones we crave all winter long — are back in our gardens, our backyards and at our local farmers markets. Today we celebrate with 16 recipes that use the tomato, whether you keep it raw or cook with it.

1. Spanish chilled tomato soup recipe

Spanish chilled tomato soup

Photo credit: Always Order Dessert

Spanish chilled tomato soup, also known as "salmorejo," is a creamy raw tomato soup with basic ingredients that will have you thinking you're on a Spanish patio.

2. Strawberry-tomato bruschetta recipe

Strawberry tomato bruschetta

Photo credit: Lemons for Lulu

This strawberry-tomato bruschetta brings together two of the summer's best produce: Strawberries and tomatoes are showcased in a simple preparation, which is the best way.

3. Green bean "pasta" with heirloom cherry tomato marinara recipe

Green Bean “Pasta” with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Marinara

Photo credit: With Food and Love

Discover a new way to eat green beans and tomatoes with this green bean "pasta" with heirloom cherry tomato marinara — a healthy alternative to wheat pasta.

4. Quinoa-and-spinach-stuffed tomatoes recipe

Quinoa and spinach stuffed tomatoes

Photo credit: Diethood

If you love quinoa, then you're going to love these quinoa-and-spinach-stuffed tomatoes. These are perfect for the bikini season that's upon us.

5. Easy homemade restaurant-style salsa recipe

Easy homemade restaurant-style salsa

Photo credit: Always Order Dessert

Craving the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Try this homemade restaurant-style salsa, and your bound to never leave your home again.

6. Mini caprese tarts recipe

Mini caprese tarts

Photo credit: The Cookie Rookie

These mini caprese tarts look totally addictive and, with just under five ingredients, are perfect for a quick get-together.

7. Greek tomato salad recipe

Greek tomato salad

Photo credit: Yummy Healthy Easy

Greek tomato salad is the perfect side salad for those hot summer days when you don't even want to turn on the stove or oven.

8. Cheesy fresh tomato squares recipe

Cheesy fresh tomato squares

Photo credit: Hungry Food Love

These cheesy fresh tomato squares are perfect to take to a summer party.

9. Feta-stuffed tomatoes recipe

Feta-stuffed tomatoes

Photo credit: The Kitchen Is My Playground

Bring some cultural flair to your dinners with these feta-stuffed tomatoes.

10. Creamy rosemary-tomato tortellini recipe

Creamy rosemary tomato tortellini

Photo credit: Will Cook for Smiles

Indulge in this creamy rosemary-tomato tortellini with a big salad, and your summer meal is complete.

11. Cheddar zucchini, tomato and onion gratin recipe

Cheddar zucchini tomato and onion gratin

Photo credit: Kitchen Treaty

Layer on the goodness with this cheddar zucchini, tomato and onion gratin, perfect for using up your summer produce.

12. Polenta tart with heirloom tomatoes recipe

Polenta tart with heirloom tomatoes

Photo credit: The View from Great Island

Serve up this polenta tart with heirloom tomatoes as a side dish to grilled fish along with a big bowl of mixed greens, and your guests will be impressed.

13. Quinoa caprese salad recipe

Quinoa caprese salad

Photo credit: The Lemon Bowl

Mix up this quinoa caprese salad in a couple of minutes, and you've got a hearty salad for lunch.

14. Baked stuffed tomatoes recipe

Baked stuffed tomatoes

Photo credit: Yummy Healthy Easy

The classic version of a great dish, these baked stuffed tomatoes are a twist with black beans, corn and jalapeños.

15. Tomato jam recipe

Tomato jam

Photo credit: Aunt Clara's Kitchen

Traditionally made in the Dominican Republic, this tomato jam is amazing served over ice cream or as an addition to your cheese platters.

16. Fresh tomato dipping sauce recipe

Fresh tomato dipping sauce

Photo credit: An Edible Mosaic

Instead of the usual salsa, make this fresh tomato dipping sauce, and serve it alongside crusty bread as an appetizer for your guests or as an easy summer dinner when you're not too hungry.

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