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20+ Budget-Friendly Fresh Tomato Recipes

Fresh tomatoes shine in these budget-friendly fresh tomato recipes list. You can use either garden or store-bought tomatoes in these recipes.

We are a couple weeks out from our garden tomatoes growing, but once ours start growing, it will be all tomato recipes all the time here. Luckily, we have a huge list of budget-friendly fresh tomato recipes to choose from.

If you don’t have a garden, don’t worry. You can just go to your local grocery store and pick up fresh tomatoes there for these recipes.

Fresh is best for these recipes. We do use canned tomatoes a lot, but that’s a whole different recipe list. When we get that one posted, we’ll link it here.

20+ Budget-Friendly Fresh Tomato Recipes

We broke this list into two sections: Fresh tomato recipes with meat and vegetarian fresh tomatoes recipes.

Vegetarian Fresh Tomatoes Recipes

The fresh tomatoes really shine in these vegetarian fresh tomatoes recipes. A few of them are vegan too.

This Vegetarian Couscous is packed with zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and chickpeas. You won't even miss the meat. Get the recipe at

1. Vegetarian Couscous with Zucchini, Chickpeas, and Tomatoes

I’m such a big fan of couscous. It’s a really simple base to build delicious recipes from. And it works perfectly in this Vegetarian Couscous with Zucchini, Chickpeas, and Tomatoes.

Don’t let the long list of ingredients in the name imply that this recipe is difficult. It’s so simple. You make the couscous, roast the other ingredients, and combine them. That’s about it.

Pasta all Norma (Sicilian eggplant and tomato pasta) is the perfect way to use your garden tomatoes and eggplant. Get the recipe at

2. Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma is one of the best ways to use fresh tomatoes. You build a sauce using tomatoes and eggplant, then use that to top pasta.

The sauce is really easy to make and a great idea for the nights you want a red sauce but don’t feel like making a full marinara sauce.

Garden tomatoes are delicious in this Garden Tomato Caprese Tart. Get the recipe at

3. Garden Tomato Caprese Tart

One of the tastiest and lightest ways to use fresh garden tomatoes is in this Garden Tomato Caprese Tart. If you only have store-bought tomatoes, those work fine too.

This tart combines mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil (all the components of a caprese salad) in a flaky crust. Bake it and serve.

Your family may love this so much that you might want to make two.

Fried green tomatoes are good, but Baked Fried Green Tomatoes are better. Get the recipe at

4. Baked Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are best made with garden tomatoes because you use tomatoes that are not completely ripe. When you have a garden, you can pick your tomatoes early.

Stores don’t generally sell green tomatoes. Stores do carry tomatillos (which are used in salsa verde), but those aren’t right for this recipe.

Your garden tomatoes will taste great in these Mini Tomato Pies. Get the recipe at

5. Mini Tomato Pies

These Mini Tomato Pies are basically the one-bite version of the Garden Tomato Caprese Tart above.

That tart is made as one large portion to be split amongst people. This is a mini version, made in individual portions.

Both are delicious. It just depends on how you want to serve it.

Headed to a BBQ? Bring these grilled tomatoes with you. Get the recipe at

6. Grilled Tomatoes

If you’re making dinner on the grill, it makes sense to make sides on the grill too. And this Grilled Tomatoes is one of the easiest sides to throw on the grill with your proteins.

We are huge fans of this recipe and make it all grilling season long.

Baked Tomatoes With Panko #recipe

7. Baked Tomatoes with Panko

If it’s not grilling season, Baked Tomatoes is a good alternative to the side dish above.

This Baked Tomatoes recipe takes garden tomatoes and sprinkles them with Panko bread crumbs, giving you a really great crunch and breading taste without having to dredge and coat the tomatoes in breadcrumbs.


8. Stuffed Tomatoes

A really fun dinner side dish is this Stuffed Tomatoes recipe.

They take a little bit of work because you do stuff each fresh tomato individually, but it’s totally worth the effort. Just be sure to make more than you expect your family to eat. These are poppable and easy to eat quickly.

Avocado Toast Bruschetta is the perfect party appetizer. It's vegan too! Find out how to make it at

9. Avocado Toast Bruschetta

Avocado Toast is still really popular. So lean into the skid, as they say, with this Avocado Toast Bruschetta.

It’s everything you like in avocado toast, plus the addition of fresh tomato, but in a bite-sized, appetizer form. Every time I make these, they’re eaten so quickly and are definitely the hit of the party.

Vegan Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish. It's packed with veggies, and you won't even realize it's vegan. Get the recipe at

10. Vegan Pasta Salad

We generally have one vegan item at every one of our backyard barbecues, so our friend, who is vegan, has something she can eat.

This Vegan Pasta Salad, which has fresh tomatoes chopped up and added to the rest of the ingredients, is perfect. We do often have a container of Feta cheese next to it, because it’s tasty that way, but it’s vegan without it.

Switch your frozen pizza for this 2 Ingredient Dough White Pizza. It's simple to make and SO delicious. Get the recipe on

11. White Pizza

Although you can top White Pizza with anything, we often choose fresh tomatoes.

See, White Pizza means the “sauce” is ricotta cheese, not a marinara sauce. So you don’t have any tomato on it, even though most tomatoes traditionally have tomatoes in some capacity. So that’s why we love topping White Pizza with fresh tomatoes.

This Super Spicy Weight Watchers Salsa is zero Weight Watchers Freestyle points. It's a great snack for when you're dieting. Get the recipe at

12. Weight Watchers Salsa

It’s so incredibly easy to make homemade salsa. And it’s so good too. After I started making this, we completely stopped buying salsa at the store.

This is listed as a Weight Watchers recipe, mostly because a lot of people come to Drugstore Divas looking for Weight Watchers options. But even if you’re not following the WW program, you can still enjoy this salsa.

Orzo Greek Salad in a bowl.

13. Orzo Greek Salad

If you’re s fan of Greek salad, you’ll love this Orzo Greek Salad. It’s a Greek salad, but instead of a lettuce base, it’s an orzo base.

So if you’re making a pasta salad, and you want one with a twist, this is the perfect recipe for that. It’s good hot or cold too, so you can make it ahead of time.

A perfect potluck appetizer is this Kale Pesto Bruschetta. Get the recipe at

14. Kale Pesto Bruschetta

Kale Pesto is, without question, my favorite condiment. It goes well with bread — especially when you add fresh tomatoes and turn it into a bruschetta.

We love making bruschetta for parties and no matter what type we make, or how much we make, it always goes quickly. So if you’re looking for the hit of your party, this Kale Pesto Bruschetta will be it.

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with this Caprese Grilled Cheese sandwich from

15. Caprese Grilled Cheese

There’s a whole restaurant in Wilmington geared towards grown up grilled cheese. Because honestly, everyone likes grilled cheese.

This Caprese Grilled Cheese is a delicious grown up grilled cheese, filled with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato, and pesto.

16. Vegan Taco Pasta Salad

There’s a whole pint of fresh grape tomatoes in this vegan Taco Pasta Salad. The recipe is the perfect side dish for a backyard barbecue … for vegans and meat eaters alike.

This pasta salad has all the flavors of tacos, just no meat in it, although, if you weren’t worried about keeping it vegan, you could add meat. We don’t feel like it needs it, but you do you.

This easy Garden Tomato Salad is the perfect way to use up tomatoes growing in your garden. It's the perfect summer side dish.

17. Easy Garden Tomato Salad

Garden tomatoes are the star of this easy Garden Tomato Salad. It’s really the only ingredient besides liquids and seasoning.

What’s great about this tomato salad is you make it ahead of time and let it sit an marinate overnight. When you’re ready for it the next day, it’s ready to go.

Looking for a delicious plant-based recipe? Check out these Lentil And Cauliflower Vegan Tacos. Get the recipe at

18. Lentil And Cauliflower Vegan Tacos

Fresh tomatoes are only a garnish in this Lentil And Cauliflower Vegan Tacos, but the tacos would be incomplete without them.

The whole recipe is fresh, but the tomatoes lighten up what could be a potentially heavy lentil/cauliflower base.

Fresh Tomato Recipes with meat

These fresh tomatoes recipes with meat let the fresh tomatoes shine while still appealing to your carnivore side.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats are stuffed with sausage, tomatoes, onions, and more. They're good for keto and WW too.

19. Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Fresh tomatoes are diced, then added to the mixture used to stuff these zucchini boats.

The fresh tomatoes add a nice pop of color to this recipe too, and everyone knows, you eat with your eyes first.

Bacon Tomato Jam will be your new favorite condiment. Plus, it's a great way to use up those last summer tomatoes. Get the recipe on

20. Bacon Tomato Jam

Bacon Tomato Jam is the perfect way to use a lot of garden tomatoes, if your garden is overflowing with them. Of course, you could also use store-bought tomatoes.

You can make the jam then use it to top chicken, steak, meatloaf, or just use it as a dip for crackers. It’s so good, you might want to drink it with a straw. But don’t. Those bacon chunks will probably get stuck.

Looking for your new favorite sandwich. Check out this Bacon Spinach And Tomato sandwich from

21. Bacon, Spinach And Tomato Sandwich

This Bacon, Spinach And Tomato Sandwich is a really fun twist on a BLT. Instead of lettuce, this sandwich substitutes in spinach.

It also shows you how to make a bacon weave, which is a great way to assure there’s a bit of bacon in every bite.

Love Caprese salad? Then you'll love this Caprese Chicken recipe from

22. Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken is such a good weeknight dinner meal that feels fancy. I think it’s all the gooey, melty cheese on top of the chicken.

The fresh tomatoes add a little bit of sweetness to the dinner too, which is a welcome flavor to the mild chicken and cheese.

Which of these budget-friendly fresh tomatoes recipes have you tried? Be sure to let us know in the comments.


Thursday 13th of June 2019

You weren't kidding when you said ultimate, lol! Bookmarking this! Nothing says summer like tomatoes! My kids are hit and miss with tomatoes, but maybe there is something(s) here they will enjoy!

Hannah Marie

Thursday 13th of June 2019

This is a type of post I've been looking for ever since. Those are all lovely tomato recipes I can never get tired of trying. They are all my favorites.

Candace Hampton

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

WOW! I never thought that tomatoes could be so versatile. I only use it for a few recipes, bc I don't really know any other recipes lol I definitely need to try the avocado caprese salad. I'm obsessed with avocado and it goes perfectly with tomatoes, so I bet that I would love that recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Tanney

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

My favorite thing to eat right out of the garden are cherry tomatoes. So your huge recipe list will probably be used in my house once we start getting tomatoes. I think the first thing I want to try is the tomato eggplant stir fry. It looks delicious.

Enriqueta E Lemoine

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

I love tomatoes on a lot of things, but most of all pasta. Will be checking out some of your pasta recipes. Im sure my boys will love it!