Is there anything better than a fresh-picked garden tomato?!

I long for garden-grown tomatoes all year. But here in the Midwest, our window of growing is narrow and they have a tendency to come all at once.  When I’m drowning in my end-of-August harvest, you’ll catch me Googling “garden fresh tomato recipes” on the regular. I enjoy them in as many various meals and I can while they are freshly available to me, and feverishly preserve anything I can’t eat.  There are so many garden-to-table recipes we can savor throughout the seasons, like my canned tomato sauce recipe!

I wanted to take a moment a share with you a favorite fresh garden tomato recipe of mine. It’s a great starter or snack that can be quickly assembled – perfect for a last minute get-together or summer bbq.  I can’t claim I created it, however, I think it’s a great simple & healthy recipe to pass along.  This garden-to-table recipe adds a fun twist to all those tomatoes and cucumbers that are coming in hot right now! 

Garden Fresh Tomato Antipasto with Cucumber Recipe


  • 2 cups chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped Cucumbers
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of fresh chopped Dill ( if using dried dill, cut back and add to taste) 
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste. 


Prepare all ingredients and combine in a dish that you can cover. Let it sit for an hour to marinate and store in the fridge. 

Serve with your favorite crackers, tortilla chips or enjoy by the spoonful!

Tomato Growing Tips for More Garden-to-Table Recipes

Growing tomatoes in your garden can require moving through a little bit of a learning curve, and there is a lot of info out there. I’ve got my best tips for a successful tomato harvest so you can enjoy even more fresh garden tomato recipes this summer, and all year long (remember to preserve!). If you’ve had trouble with tomatoes in the past, you’re not alone. Remember that your set-up is going to be a main predictor of your outcome. Make sure that soil is healthy and think about your support system before you even put a plant in the ground (this Vego kitchen garden has a great example of a customized trellis for growing tomatoes and cucumbers).

Did you make this recipe? Let me know how it turned out in the comments!