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Ah, tomato season. Most of us end up eating tomatoes all throughout the year—sliced on sandwiches, quartered in salads, chopped in salsa—even when they're pink and mealy. That's why tomato season is such a blessing... and a curse. You realize the glory of a blazing-red, indecently sweet, eat-it-out-of-hand tomato. And then you realize that you're only eating a pale imitation during all the other months of the year.

To celebrate, we've compiled some of our favorite recipes to showcase summer tomatoes.

Recipes

Tomato Frittata
Yellow Tomato Salad with Roasted Red Pepper, Feta, and Mint
Pasta With Corn, Tomato, And Asparagus
Spaghetti All'Aglio E Olio With Marinated Summer Vegetables
The Silver Palate's Tomato, Montrachet, and Basil Salad
Fresh Tomato Juice
Cold Tomato And Tarragon Soup
Summer Vegetable And Tomato Bloody Marys
Chicken With Tomato-Saffron Vinaigrette With Mixed Greens

How do you eat summer tomatoes?

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