Try These 16 Unexpected Recipes with Tomatoes

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Try These 16 Unexpected Recipes with TomatoesPHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: ERIKA JOYCE

Sure, tomatoes taste great in salads and are a must-have ingredient if you want to make marinara sauce, but have you ever thrown together a tomato cake? Or how about homemade caponata? Believe it or not, there are tons of unexpected tomato recipes out there that branch out from the usual ones you may already be acquainted with (BLT sandwiches? Been there, done that). From easy breakfast dishes to more familiar tomato recipes with a fun twist, here are 16 unexpected recipes that use tomatoes. You may just find your new favorite tomato dish ahead.

Tomato Tart

You may be familiar with apple and pear tarts, but have you ever tried your hand at a tomato tart? This savory pastry, made with crumbled feta and red onion, pairs wonderfully with steamy soup or crisp side salads.

Get the recipe for Tomato Tart from Delish.

tomato tart
Suzanne Clements

Tomato Jam

This innovative tomato jam gets its slightly sweet flavor from a touch of honey and a few teaspoons of white wine vinegar. Pro tip: This jam is a must-have for cheese boards.

Get the recipe for Rosemary Tomato Jam from Delish.

tomato jam
Parker Feierbach

Roasted Eggplant with Tomato Dressing

Instead of making a traditional eggplant parmesan, why not try out this roasted eggplant with tomato dressing recipe? This specific dish uses plum tomatoes to get the taste just right.

Get the recipe for Roasted Eggplant with Tomato Dressing from Delish.

roasted eggplant with tomato dressing
Michael Turek

Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed peppers may get all the attention, but stuffed tomatoes are just as good. These are filled with ground Italian sausage, minced garlic, and fontina cheese. Yum!

Get the recipe for Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes from Delish.

cheesy baked potatoes
Chelsea Lupkin

Tomato Soup Chocolate Cake

Here are four words you probably thought you’d never see together—tomato soup chocolate cake. Made using a can of Heinz cream of tomato soup, this dessert is moist and delicious without tasting too much like a tomato.

Get the recipe for Tomato Soup Chocolate Cake from Delish.

tomato soup chocolate cake
Karen Williams | Delish UK

Tomato Soup Spice Cake

And if you aren’t a fan of chocolate, then there’s also a tomato soup spice cake that is just as delicious. This recipe calls for Campbell’s condensed tomato soup.

Get the recipe for Tomato Soup Spice Cake from Delish.

edible flowers on two layer spice cake with buttercream icing
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Tomato Galette

Perhaps considered a more delicate version of a pizza pie, a tomato galette is a great way to use up any tomatoes that you may have hanging out in your refrigerator’s produce drawer.

Get the recipe for Tomato Galette from Delish.

tomato galette

Burrata Salad

Trust us; this is unlike any salad you’ve had before. Made with thinly-sliced beefsteak tomatoes, large pieces of burrata, panko bread crumbs, and fresh basil, this salad is indeed next level.

Get the recipe from Burrata Salad from Delish.

burrata salad


Every kitchen needs a jar of homemade caponata to put on toasted bread, mix into pasta, or enjoy as-is.

Get the recipe for Caponata from Delish.

Andrew Bui

Summer Panzanella

This summer panzanella recipe, which calls for diced mixed tomatoes, zucchini, and cubed fresh mozzarella, can be served during any season.

Get the recipe for Summer Panzanella from Delish.

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BLT Pasta Salad

If you love pasta salad, then you’ll love this inventive recipe made with bacon, diced tomatoes, elbow macaroni, and shredded Romaine lettuce.

Get the recipe for BLT Pasta Salad from Delish.

blt pasta salad
Rian Handler

Copycat Carbone Spicy Rigatoni

With this recipe, you can recreate one of Carbone’s most famous dishes right in the comfort of your own home.

Get the recipe for Copycat Carbone Spicy Rigatoni from Delish.

copycat carbone spicy rigatoni

Tomato and Cucumber Sandwiches

Herbed feta butter gives this easy-to-make sandwich an unexpected yet tasty twist.

Get the recipe for Tomato and Cucumber Sandwiches with Herbed Feta Butter from Delish.

tomato cucumber sandwich

Eggs in Purgatory

A brunch favorite, this egg dish uses a can of whole tomatoes, grated Parmesan, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Get the recipe for Eggs in Purgatory from Delish.

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Andrew Bui

Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce

Why cook your eggs in plain old olive oil when you can instead whip them up in a delicious pan full of aromatic tomato sauce?

Get the recipe for Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce from Delish.

baked eggs in tomato sauce
Quentin Bacon

Grilled Tomatoes

Add a bit of excitement to ripe tomatoes by popping them on the grill. These juicy tomatoes are a great addition to steak dinners or chicken bakes.

Get the recipe for Grilled Tomatoes from Delish.

grilled tomatoes

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