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Summer in Indiana has long been characterized by a few vegetables that grow well here. And the tomato, native to the Americas, is one of them. Many Hoosiers have grown up on a farm, or at least with a good garden, and recall the pleasure of biting into a warm ripe tomato just pulled off the vine. The next best thing is a salad of fresh ripe tomatoes using the heirloom varieties so abundant and beautiful at the Market!

 Heirloom Tomato Salad with Garlic Oil

from Martha Stewart Living, June 2009

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes (any combination), halved, or quartered if large
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 bunch chives, cut into 1-inch pieces (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, leaves torn if large

 Directions:

  1. Heat oil and garlic in a small saute pan over medium-low heat. Cook until garlic is golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Arrange tomatoes on a serving platter, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the garlic oil, and sprinkle with chives and basil just before serving. Serves 4.

I remember fresh tomato sandwiches. With a sprinkle of salt and pepper, a couple of slices of fresh bread and a slather of mayo, paired with a cold glass of milk — I am transported back to my childhood!  Here are some mouth-watering recipes that make good use of ripe tomatoes in a variety of ways and pair them with other delicious summer produce from our wonderful Market vendors!  

Tomato Cobbler – a fabulous idea from Mark Bittman!

Garlic Grilled Tomatoes – throw them on the grill with your steaks!

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes  – breakfast will never be the same! 

Tomato Panzanella with Ricotta  – great with artisan bread!  

Summer Vegetable Gazpacho  – a cool idea for a hot day!

Okra and Tomatoes – you always wondered what to do with okra, didn’t you?

Tomato and Fennel Salad  – a good way to use fresh fennel! 

Heather’s Roasted Tomato Sauce – a recipe from our archives that is worth revisiting!