Tomato season is one of those moments in summer that deserve to be taken advantage of. Plump, sweet, tart, ugly, red, unshapely — no matter how they come, they’re all delicious. Don’t make the mistake of letting summer pass you by without taking advantage of one of the most iconic smells and tastes of summer.

I strolled into my neighborhood market not too long ago and allowed the wafting smells to massage my senses — fruits, vegetables, herbs, and tomatoes by the pound. Heirloom tomatoes seemed to taunt me with their brightly colored skins and sometimes odd shapes. It didn’t take long before I had grabbed an armful and proceeded to the nearest check out lane. Before my tires inched up my driveway, the inspiration of what could be made with my aromatic eye candy was already there.

what to do with left over tomatoes

One of my favorite tomato recipes is pico de gallo. Pico de gallo is fresh, quick, healthy and requires absolutely no cooking — all of my favorite characteristics when it comes to creating a summer recipe. Of course, pico de gallo can be enjoyed rather authentically with some simple tortilla chips or you can get fancy and use this recipe to dress up something like grilled chicken, fish or steak. It’s delicious and the only thing that matters is what you’re in the mood for. This pico de gallo recipe is the perfect party food because it feeds a crowd and doesn’t cost much to make.

Place any leftover pico de gallo in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days or drain extra juice and store inside the freezer for 3 months.

what to make with tomatoes

Pico de Gallo

Total Time: 15 minutes Serves: party serving


10 heirloom tomatoes (chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

1 cucumber (chopped)

4 tomatillos (chopped)

1 bunch cilantro (chopped)

juice of one lime

3/4 tsp salt

what to do with extra tomatoes


Add chopped ingredients to large bowl.

Add juice of one lime, salt and mix.

Chop cilantro and mix in.

Let sit in refrigerator for 1 hour.


About the author

Lisa Leslie-Williams

Lisa Leslie-Williams

Lisa Leslie-Williams is a pharmacist turned health and wellness lifestyle blogger, with a style that’s all her own. She lives in the Washington DC-metro area with her college sweetheart and their two homeschooled children. Since trading her script pad for a keypad, Lisa has never looked back. Inspired by changes in her own diet and health, her blog, The Domestic Life Stylist, offers posts on healthy living. Lisa passionately believes that food/wellness (and not pharmaceuticals) are the first line to attaining optimal health, self-care is a necessity (not a luxury), and “momming” with style is not an oxymoron. Lisa is frequent TV guest and has appeared on shows like the Dr. Oz show and Good Morning Washington. She's also the author of the popular e-book, “7 Dangerous Health Mistakes Every Mom Makes."