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6 Juicy Recipe Reasons to Pick Tomatoes This Summer

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By Team Best Life

Tomatoes are in season and we can’t think of a more versatile fruit (that’s right—this produce poser is not a vegetable). You can toss them into green or pasta salads, add them to sandwiches or wraps, or simply snack on them raw. And there are so many tasty tomato varieties—whether you choose cherry, go for grape, or prefer plum. They complement just about any other healthy food, including basil, cucumber, summer squash, beans, grains and more!

Need more reason to pick tomatoes? They’re a nutritional powerhouse—they’re a super source of vitamin C and they also contain antioxidants like lycopene, which can help protect against a variety of diseases.

Just keep in mind that tossing tomatoes in the fridge can cause them to lose flavor and texture; instead, store them at room temperature.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy this tasty summer fruit.

chicken sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato

The classic combo of lettuce and tomato makes any sandwich better, including this flavorful grilled chicken sandwich.

Steak and Tomato Salad

This dish is great for summer get-togethers. Instead of browning the steak on the stovetop, you can grill it.

Cherry Tomato and Avocado Salad

This tasty side delivers a big nutritional punch, thanks to the power pair of tomato and avocado, which is loaded with healthy fats, vitamins and other nutrients.

roasted tomato salad

Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

Mozzarella and tomato were simply meant to be together! You’ll understand exactly why when you take one bites of this filling salad.

Baked Tomato

Simple and scrumptious! This recipe from our friends here at DietsInReview.com is a breeze to prepare and pairs well with most main dishes.

Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce

If life hands you tomatoes, make sauce! You’ll love this tasty tomato sauce, and you’ll score even more fiber and nutrients by replacing pasta with spaghetti squash.

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