10 Ways to Eat Tomatoes Without Cooking Them

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When the temperature reaches a certain number in the summer, I tend to give up. It’s hot, it’s sticky and everyone is sweaty. This isn’t the time to sit down to an eight-layer lasgagna. Coincidentally, it often happens at the same time as peak tomato season. That’s when I turn to gorgeous, fresh ideas like these to fill up my family of six without breaking a sweat.

Fresh corn kernels mingle with creamy mozzarella, thick wedges of avocado and a tangy lemon-lime dressing in this bright salad.

I make a batch of this cold soup every single summer and serve it at least twice. As it chills in the fridge, the flavors get better and better. PSA for parents of small kids like mine: Adjust the heat by pulling back on the fresh garlic.

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Toast your bread, or serve it sliced straight out of the bag, but let little kids spoon on their toppings as they like. I pair this with a ring of cooked shrimp or salami and cheese for a light dinner everyone loves.

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Soft ciabatta rolls are the base for this simple sandwich. Just add thick slices of tomato, cheese and, obvs, as much pesto as possible.

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When you see big slivers of onion in a salad like this you might think, “My kids would never eat those!” And neither would mine. That’s why I leave them so big—so they can pick them out easily. Meanwhile, more for you!

How do you make a tomato salad even more kid-friendly? Add juicy cubes of watermelon — and put the whole thing on a stick!

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Hands down, this is my crew’s favorite summer breakfast. Sharp cheddar blends perfectly with thick slabs of tomato. Just don’t forget a sprinkle of salt on top!

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Ryan Dausch

Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pasta. This one is ready in hurry and features a raw-tomato sauce.

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This assembled dinner comes together in the five minutes it takes for couscous to steam in a bowl.

The classic bread salad gets packed inside juicy tomatoes to create an easy (and healthy!) dish.

Charity Curley Mathews blogs at Foodlets.com about cooking fresh food for kids and raising them to appreciate it. Most of the time. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, four small kids, two puppies and 40,000 bees. You can follow her on Facebook.

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