19 Tomato Salads You’ve Been Waiting For Since January

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Ever since May turned to June, I’ve noticed a sort of hush at the farmers market—a near-bursting quiet, the type that sweeps over an audience when the lights lower but the curtain has not yet lifted. It’s the anticipation of the main event. And in this case, that main event is tomatoes.

The East Coast has already seen asparagus and peas, plums and peaches (we have a lot to be grateful for), but still, the market-goers seem to give each other questioning eyes: Are the tomatoes here yet?

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We don’t have much longer to go! And lots of you probably already have your hands on these celebrity fruits. (I’m jealous.) The first thing I’ll do when I get a great one? Cut it large chunks, drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle it with salt, eat in 5 minutes flat.

Next up: Any of these 19 tomato salads.

Tomatoes, front and center:

Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde

Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde by Sarah Jampel

 Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette by em-i-lis

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel by Amanda Hesser

Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Feta, and Hazelnuts

Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Feta, and Hazelnuts by Josh Cohen

Summer Corn and Tomato Salad

Summer Corn and Tomato Salad by abuck

Tomatoes, with a little help from some friends:

Chickpea and Green Tomato Salad

Chickpea and Green Tomato Salad by Amanda Hesser

Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad

Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad by EmilyC

Rosie Birkett's Tomatoes with Ricotta, Hazelnuts, and Salsa Verde

Rosie Birkett’s Tomatoes with Ricotta, Hazelnuts, and Salsa Verde by The Curious Pear

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella by Kendra Vaculin

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions by Merrill Stubbs

Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil

Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil by Helenthenanny

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

by Jen Balletto

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato

by EmilyC

Summer Farro Salad

Summer Farro Salad

by Jennifer Perillo

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and Mozzarella

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and… by The Canal House

Tomatoes, with lots of help from cheese or butter:

Brown Butter Tomatoes

Brown Butter Tomatoes

by Amanda Hesser

Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad

Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad

by Amanda Hesser

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

by Emiko

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad by sweet enough

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