Who else is as excited as all get-out that it is tomato season?! We seasonal eaters, we wait all year long for this moment.
A whole two tomato seasons ago now, I got this idea to collect pretty ways to serve the summer's best tomatoes. No cooking, no grilling, no roasting, just good tomatoes straight from the garden served in beautiful but simple ways.
You'll see what inspired that idea, it's in the first photo below, a beautiful platter of tomato slices sprinkled with dainty white garlic chive flowers with a tiny tomato bouquet of flowers in the center. Yeah, I know, sooo simple and yet so pretty.
I found so-so many ideas but pared them down to just fourteen, all from talented tomato-lovin' food bloggers. And as I studied the photos, trying really hard not to drool tomato juice, I realized that serving tomatoes in pretty ways, well, the ideas hold much in common.
Ideas & InspirationOr Skip Straight to the Pictures & Recipes
THINK COLOR For a rainbow of tomatoes, choose the abandon of leaf-, lemon-, tangerine-, plum- and wine-colors of heirloom tomatoes – or the opposite, the soothing plainness of a single color of tomatoes arranged in simple fashion.
THINK ARCHITECTURE So many pretty ways with tomatoes are "architectural". You know, stacks or overlapping layers or concentric circles or cute little skewers. I love their symmetry and repetition. But on the other end of the spectrum? A big jumble of pretty tomatoes can be really, really pretty too!
THINK RIPENESS Most important of all? One blogger after another mentioned how important this is, it's really key to produce a tomato dish that tastes as good as it looks. You know this, right? The tomatoes should be perfectly ripe as if just-plucked warm from the summer sun. Repeat this three times! These recipes are not for January! Well, unless you're in the southern hemisphere.
THINK PLATES, PLATTERS & BOWLS Clear glass, plain white, these were the choices made by one blogger after another, these really give the tomatoes their "day in the sun". And we all know good tomatoes need sun, yes?! (Teehee, hello gardeners ... )
THINK "NO RECIPES" The recipes I've selected, well, they're not really recipes, per se. With one quick glance, you'll get the idea and know to start digging into a cupboard for a long-unused platter, to wonder whether the garlic chives are in blossom.
MANY THANKS Finally, let me officially thank Lazy Sunday Cooking, a lovely lifestyle blog in Poland written in English by professional photographer Marta Potoczek. Marta graciously answered "yes" when I asked permission to use her beautiful photo of a box of home-grown heirloom tomatoes. Marta's photo is featured in her tip-filled post called Growing Tomatoes, a must-read for anyone who's growing tomatoes. Thanks so much, Marta! Follow her inspiring work on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Flickr.
Looking for tomato recipes, not this collection of tomatoes served in especially pretty ways?Here are all my tomato recipes and twelve favorites!
What's your favorite pretty way to serve perfect summer tomatoes?Leave a comment, I'd love to hear (or see) your ideas! I know many of you are on Facebook, if you like, post a photo to your own page, then tag it with @AVeggieVenture. (Hmmm, to do that, you might have to "like" the page first, A Veggie Venture on Facebook.)
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