Now at their peak of freshness, summer is the best time to enjoy one of the most versatile vegetables - the tomato! Not only are they delicious, tomatoes are packed with beneficial nutrients like lutein and lycopene that appear to protect eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts, prevent hardening of the arteries and may even ward off some types of cancer by preventing damage to the body from free radicals.
Because they can be prepared in a number of ways, even people who don’t typically seek out tomatoes can find ways to enjoy them. Additionally, your farmer’s market may offer different heirloom varieties that have a different color and flavor than your typical supermarket tomato.
Try cherry tomatoes dipped in hummus or plain Greek yogurt as a chip alternative, a larger tomato slice on a piece of avocado toast, dice and combine with other fresh veggies for your own salsa recipe, and you could even use the canned varieties, preferably low sodium or no salt added, to make your own marinara sauce. There are many possibilities to eat and enjoy more tomatoes! Here are 10 DAHLC recipes to eat your tomatoes this summer: