Tyler's Ultimate Tomato Salads

By: Kirsten Vala
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We're teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we'll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you're harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Tyler Florence has a knack for creating the "ultimate" stand-by dishes. With tomatoes at their peak, I decided to tap his culinary know-how for farm-stand inspiration.

Tyler add lots of spices to his Chow-Chow, a pickled, mustard-flavored relish perfect for picnic spreads.

Fresh tomatoes are transformed into a decadent side, dressed with creamy, buttermilk blue cheese dressing.

Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella — it doesn't get much simpler or fresher than this.

Bonus: Tyler's Fried Green Tomatoes How-To

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Tyler demystifies a favorite Southern side dish, Fried Green Tomatoes.

Catch more Tyler, Sundays at 9pm/8c and Wednesdays at 8pm/7c on his exciting new show, The Great Food Truck Race.

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