In the last few years, I have found something unexpected I love about summer: roasted tomatoes.
I used to hate tomatoes. Like, really, really hate them. Over time I learned that it wasn’t so much that I hate tomatoes, it was more that I hate really bad tomatoes, which is what you find in the store most of the year.
I’ve been someone who will pick the tomatoes off of a sandwich, lay them to the side of a salad. I wouldn’t eat chunky salsa or tomato sauce. I just could not find anything I liked about them
My own blog- it’s The Picky Vegan. Because I am so picky, and tomatoes are one of those things that I have always been picky about. For a long time, I avoided the as much as possible. I would eat tomato sauce (smooth, of course) and ketchup, but that was it.
When I first went vegan, I started challenging myself to eat veggies and fruits that I didn’t like so much before. I tackled a bunch, and there some I’m still trying to like (mushrooms, I’m looking at you), but it turned out that tomatoes were not so hard.
I’m not saying that I love all tomatoes. Most of the time I’ll still pick them off of a sandwich, and they have to be pretty exceptional for me to eat in a salad, but I love, love, love the little tomatoes when they’re roasted with a little olive oil.
The process is simple. Wash the tomatoes, lay them out on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle a little salt, toss them around they they’re all coated, and them pop into a 400F oven for about 20 minutes. You’re looking for them to pop open and get a little bit brown. The sweetness of the tomatoes will shine!
I know, it’s odd that my favorite preparation of a summer food is to roast it, necessitating the oven, but with the mild weather we’ve been having it’s not so bad. I might one day try this in the slow cooker, but I’m definitely afraid of messing up a good thing!
My favorite way to eat these is over pasta with pesto and a little vegan cheese mixed in, but I think it would be equally good on a nice crusty bread, topping off couscous or another grain, or even on salad. I usually use grape tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes work just as well.
This is so easy to make- please make sure you head over to a farmer’s market and grab some tomatoes! You have try this treat while summer is still full of deliciously sweet tomatoes!