09 Unexpected Ways To Use Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are easy to make and can be used throughout the year. Use a dehydrator or oven and follow this recipe.

Sundried tomatoes (in a dehydrator or oven)

Pico de gallo is a fresh salsa made with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and salt. It is a great topping for tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and other Latin American cuisines.

Pico de gallo 

Grilled cherry tomato kabobs on rosemary skewers. Sprinkle with salt before serving.

Tomato rosemary kabobs 

Gazpacho is a cold soup made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and other vegetables. It can be made with or without watermelon. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or milk kefir on top.


Tomato paste is a basic ingredient in many sauces and dishes. It can be made by cooking down tomatoes until they reach a paste consistency. Tomato paste can be canned or frozen for later use.

Tomato paste

A shrub is a non-alcoholic drink made with fruits, vegetables, herbs, sugar, and vinegar. They are similar to kombucha. Tomato, cilantro, and coriander are some of the ingredients that can be used to make a shrub.

Tomato shrub 

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic comfort food. Make it even better by using high-quality ingredients, like homemade bread, grass-fed cheese, and tomato soup made from your own garden tomatoes.

Savory tomato soup

You can also use a dehydrator to make tomato chips. Follow the dehydrator's instructions, but set the temperature to 125 degrees F. Dehydrate the tomato slices for 24 hours, or until they are dry and crispy. Tomato chips can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

Roasted tomato chips

Lacto-fermented ketchup is a delicious and healthy alternative to store-bought ketchup. It is made by fermenting tomatoes, vinegar, and spices with beneficial bacteria. This process creates a probiotic-rich ketchup that is both flavorful and nutritious.

Lacto-fermented ketchup