Besides fun at the shore, summertime in New Jersey means time to indulge in some of the most delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that the country has to offer. As the "garden state", New Jersey provides rich soil yielding flavorful delights from berries to corn at farmer's markets throughout the entire state. Among the abundant fruits and vegetables that New Jersey produces, our local sweet and succulent Jersey tomatoes are consistently at the top of the flavor list. If you're anxious to bite into those red, juicy Jersey tomatoes, check this list of the Top 5 summer tomato salads!


5. Southwestern Tomato Salad

Make this delicious tomato, corn and bean salad with these ingredients: Cumin seeds, olive oil, garlic,(heirloom) tomato, corn kernels, black beans, salt and pepper. Get the full recipe here.

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4. Tomato, Olive & Feta Greek Salad

Add cucumbers to get even more of a greek feel to this tasty summer salad! Here's what you'll need: Greek salad dressing, feta cheese, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber (optional), kalamata olives, red onion, salt and pepper. Get the full recipe here.

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3. The Mothership Tomato Salad

Made famous by Food Network star Jamie Oliver, this tomato salad is simple and very easy to make! We're confident that by using Jersey fresh tomatoes, you'll take this salad to the next level of tastiness! Here's all you need to make this one: Mixed ripe tomatoes, different shapes and colors, Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, oregano, Red wine or balsamic vinegar, Extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh red chile. Get the full recipe here.

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2. Tomato & Cucumber Salad

Sure, anyone can whip together a tomato and cucumber salad, but none will taste as good as a salad made with fresh, ripe Jersey tomatoes. We found TV star Rachael Ray's recipe to share with you - here are the ingredients: English or seedless cucumber, vine ripe tomatoes, flat-leaf parsley, red onion, red wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, Salt and pepper. Get the full recipe here.

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1. Caprese Salad (or Insalata Caprese)

When made correctly, this local favorite is one of the tastiest uses of tomato combinations of them all! Without an amazing mozzarella brand and Jersey tomatoes, what's the point? Here's what you'll need: Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil or arugula leaves, oregano, extra-virgin olive oil, fine sea salt, freshly ground black pepper to taste. This one is also great with red wine or balsamic vinegar for more flavor. Get the full recipe here.

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