Healthy How-To: Oven-Dried Tomatoes

If you like store-bought sun-dried tomatoes, you’ll love them dried from the oven. Although they take some time to cook or bake, it’s pretty straightforward —cook those babies low and slow.

Related To:

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Toppings for a weekend picnic placed on a gray surface

©Con Poulos, Jamie Kimm Marina Malchin

Con Poulos, Jamie Kimm Marina Malchin

This week on Healthy Eats, we're celebrating the superstar of summer: the nutrient-packed tomato! These juicy, delicious beauties are at their peak, and we can't stop eating them.

If you like store-bought sun-dried tomatoes, you’ll love them dried from the oven. Although they take some time to cook or bake, it’s pretty straightforward — cook those babies low and slow.

How To Make Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Slice plum tomatoes lengthwise, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 200 to 250 degrees F until shriveled, but still slightly tender. This can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the size of the tomatoes.

The natural sweetness of the tomatoes concentrates as the water is slowly cooked out. Each plum tomato averages 11 calories, so you’ll get big flavor for a tiny amount of calories. An added bonus: cooking tomatoes ups the lycopene content, baking in more antioxidants.

Use dried tomatoes right away, or store packed in olive oil and herbs if desired. Use them to add a chewy bite of sweetness to salads, pasta, and sandwiches or blend into salad dressings or mayonnaise – they also make a gorgeous stuffing for chicken breasts.

Recipes to Try:

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

More Tomato Coverage:

Next Up

Katie's Healthy Bites: Pantry Must-Haves

A healthy pantry is the building block for any wholesome meal. For some inspiration, I wanted to share what I keep in my pantry so I'm prepared on busy days when there's not a lot of meal-planning time.

12 Healthy Recipes Made With Canned Tomatoes

When fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, turn to canned as a healthy alternative. Check out these 12 ways to incorporate canned tomatoes into healthy recipes.

Katie's Healthy Bites: An Unusual (& Yummy!) Kale Pesto

This recipe features an unusual pesto ingredient: kale greens. Make it and spread it on pizza, pasta or crusty bread for a great appetizer.

Greenhouse Tomatoes

Tomatoes taste best when they're in season in late summer, but if you just can't wait, give local greenhouse tomatoes a try.

7 Surprising Things To Do With Tomatoes

Pretty soon gardens and farmers’ markets will be overflowing with tomatoes. Don’t dare waste them!

The Best Way to Store Tomatoes

Just how bad is it to refrigerate your tomatoes?

Taste Test: Heirloom Tomatoes

Juicy tomatoes are at their peak, and that means farmers' markets are exploding with heirloom varieties. Heirloom tomatoes are special, because cultivators have saved the seeds and passed them down through the generations. They come in a range of sizes, colors and of course, flavors. We tested several varieties for taste and texture. Plus, a quick recipe for heirloom tomato sauce.

Tomato, Tomahto

Browse some of Food Network's favorite tomato recipes and take advantage of this in-season fruit (not vegetable!) while it lasts.

7 Salads That Know How to Celebrate Summer Fruit

Sweet strawberries. Juicy peaches. Luscious mango. If you're looking for fresh ways to update a summer salad, prime-time fruits are an excellent place to start.

This Week's CSA: Tomatoes at Last!

The Food Network Kitchen shares what's inside this week's CSA box.