Tomatoes pairs well with almost everything and it is one of the fresh produce to enjoy in summer when they are in season. Do you want to explore what pairs well with them?
In this post, I share which food flavors go together when paired with these fresh tomatoes when they are in season or with canned. Let see what flavors go well with tomato in terms of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, and protein.
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What Do Tomatoes Taste Like
Tomatoes taste sweet, tart, sour, or just balanced. It all depends on the variety and how ripe they are. Now we get many varieties of tomatoes in the market that can be categorized as hybrid and heirloom.
Always select plump, fresh color, firm, and blemish-free skin tomatoes for recipes. Do not try to punch or press them, a tomato-like smell coming from the stem is proof that they are fresh and ripe.
Imagine the amazing flavors in Caprese salad with cheese and basil OR tomato confit to make bruschetta taste delicious OR shakshuka made in the bed of tomato sauce. Because tomatoes blends with other food items so beautifully. Let see how to combine them with other foods to create a magical flavor profile.
What Flavors Goes Well With Tomatoes
Here is the list of food pairing that goes well with them.
Fruits and Vegetables
Mango, peach, strawberry, cucumber, blueberry, raspberry, avocado, caper, cauliflower, cabbage, onion, garlic, eggplant, ginger, horseradish, lemon, limes, okra, pomegranate, bell peppers, watermelon, asparagus, mushrooms, apricot, lychee, nectarines, corn, broccoli, spinach, arugula, chard, beets, celery, celery roots, green beans, zucchini, jackfruit, kale, bocconcini, leeks, shallots, pumpkin, pineapple
Pine nuts, hazelnut, almonds
Herbs and Spices
Cilantro, parsley, basil, chives, cumin, mustard seeds, aniseed, chili, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sage, tarragon, thyme, oregano, dill, Italian seasoning, garam masala, Kadai masala, curry powder, cajun, fajita, and taco seasoning, fennel, cayenne, mint, sumac, allspice, bay leaf, garlic
Protein and Dairy
Chicken, beans, bacon, chickpea, cod, crab, eggs, egg white, paneer, tofu, lamb, oyster, halibut, Gruyère, parmesan, mozzarella, cream cheese, goat cheese, feta cheese, ricotta, shrimp, cream, blue cheese, burrata, turkey, salmon, tuna, yogurt, cheddar
Lentils, balsamic, rice vinegar, lima/butter bean, dijon mustard, olive, red wine, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sherry vinegar, pasta, polenta, quinoa, oats, Worcestershire sauce
Frequently Asked Questions
Mango, peach, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, pomegranate, watermelon, apricot, lychee, nectarines, and pineapple pair well with juicy tomatoes.
Any type of tomato tastes great by just sprinkling a little salt and pepper. You can definitely enhance the flavors by adding any of these herbs, cilantro, parsley, basil, chives, dill, sage, tarragon, thyme, oregano, Italian seasoning, fennel, mint, and bay leaf are the herbs that work well with tomatoes.
Cumin, mustard seeds, aniseed, chili, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, garam masala, Kadai masala, curry powder, cajun, fajita, and taco seasoning, fennel, cayenne, sumac, allspice, bay leaf, garlic powder, and onion powder are the spices that pair well with tomatoes.
What To Do With Tomatoes
Here are some recipes that show you how you can enjoy them when the tomatoes are in season or use canned ones anytime during the year.
- Quick Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad
- 2-Ways Roasted Cherry Tomatoes With Balsamic Vinegar
- Green Shakshuka With Tomatillo, Brussels Sprouts, And Spinach
- Mango Avocado Salad
- Spicy Moroccan Shakshouka (Best Moroccan Shakshuka)
- Ciambotta (Giambotta)
- Roasted Asparagus With Pico De Gallo
- Shirazi Salad (salad-e shirazi)
Other Food Pairing
- What Goes Well With Watermelon
- What Goes Well With Blueberries
- Flavors Goes Well With Strawberries
- What goes well with mushrooms
- What Goes Well With Peaches
Check other articles on food flavor pairings.