Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 25 Delicious Recipes to Celebrate Tomato Season

These days, tomatoes are pretty easy to come by year-round, but the way those off-season fruits reach your local grocery store is rarely efficient or environmentally sound. Luckily, the summer growing season is upon us, which means that fresh tomatoes can be found locally in countless markets, gardens, and produce aisles.

There's nothing more summery than biting into a just-picked tomato like it's an apple, but we've got 25 delicious reasons to save at least some of those ripe tomatoes for the kitchen. See them all in the slideshow or jump straight to one of the recipes below!

Starters, Salads, and Sides

Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers, Feta, and Basil

Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers, Feta, and Basil [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Sandwiches

Butter-Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches With Tomato Salsa

Butter-Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches With Tomato Salsa [Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Pizza & Pasta

Triple Garlic Pasta With Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Bread Crumbs

Triple Garlic Pasta With Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Bread Crumbs [Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Mains

Seared Skirt Steak With Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Polenta

Seared Skirt Steak With Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Polenta [Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

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