Tomato and basil are a match made in heaven. They complement each other so well and are perfect for summer. Although the flavors are distinct, they are very versatile. You can use them in soups, salads, pizza, and so much more. This Fourth of July, why not ditch the barbecue and try something a little bit different? Tomato and basil are an almost universally loved flavor combination, so you won’t have any disappointed guests. Plus, these recipes are way easier to make than anything you’d barbecue. Say goodbye to standing over a hot grill and say hello to these fresh, tasty tomato and basil recipes that are perfect for your July Fourth get-together.

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1. Pesto Pasta Salad

Dairy-free pesto pasta salad

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This Pesto Pasta Salad by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD is easy to make and oil-free! Typical pesto is mostly oil, which adds TONS of processed and unnecessary fat. With a few tweaks, you’ve got more bang (aka nutrients) for your buck (aka calories).

2. Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

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Ripe tomatoes, good quality olive oil and fresh basil make for an intricately flavored yet delicate starter or snack. You will love this Tomato Basil Bruschetta by Melissa Tedesco!


3. Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

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This Tomato Basil Soup by Hayley Canning is the easiest soup ever and it’s so fresh & vibrant. For this super simple recipe, you will only need tomatoes, tomato paste, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, and fresh basil. Once the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and tomatoes are cooked together, add the fresh basil and blend together.


4. Tomato Basil Almonds

Almonds Tomato Basil vegan

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These Tomato Basil Almonds by Stephanie McKinnie are a cinch to prepare on the fly and totally packed with flavor! The tomato, basil and garlic flavors are in perfect harmony.


5. Avocado Pesto Pizza

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This Avocado Pesto Pizza by James Wythe is the ultimate healthy vegan pizza. Packed full of good fats from the avocado, pine nuts, and olive oil and topped with colorful and nutritious vegetables, this pizza will have you feeling amazing. The chickpea flour base is naturally gluten free and full of protein! It may look like a lot to do but it’s actually very simple to create. This healthy vegan pizza is the perfect dinner to make after a busy day when you just want to unwind and eat something good. Try it out!

6. Zucchini Basil Pesto Lasagna

Zucchini basil pesto lasagna

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Zucchini, cashew cheese, basil pesto, and tomatoes are all combined together in this Zucchini Basil Pesto Lasagna by Amanda Smith to create an explosion of flavor. Combining the fresh crunch of the zucchini and tomatoes, with the creaminess of the cashew cheese and the pesto creates a hearty filling meal for everyone.

7. Heirloom Tomato and Basil Wine Sauce Over Pasta

Vegan Gluten-Free Heirloom Tomato and Basil Wine Sauce Over Pasta

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The combination of the heirloom tomatoes and basil in this Heirloom Tomato and Basil Wine Sauce Over Pasta by Stephanie McKinnie is simplicity at its best! This is a very comforting juicy sauce and a really simple dish to prepare. Cook the pasta until just al dente and toss with the sauce. It’s that easy.


8. Red Soy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

vegan Red Soy Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

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Homemade Red Soy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce by Lenia Patsi to put on top of pasta, put in vegan meatball sandwiches, or any other way you want to eat them. Easy, delicious, a new classic!

9. Spaghetti Squash Pasta

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Spaghetti squash is a delicious pasta alternative for when you want something a bit lighter. You can eat with just a little salt, pepper, and olive oil, or spice it up with pesto. Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce is a really wonderful combination. However, there’s a delicate art to making a red sauce. A good sauce takes a minimum of 8-10 hours, beginning with the slow process of sweating the onions on a low heat. Of bringing the garlic to the perfect light golden caramel color. Of balancing the tomatoes vs. herbs vs. red wine ratio and then letting it all slow cook on a low simmer for hours. But the peak of a great sauce comes on its second and even third day, after it’s really matured in its acidity. However, sometimes you need something quick, light, and satisfying. That’s where this Spaghetti Squash Pasta by Claire Ragozzino comes in. This recipe takes about 40 minutes to make, from roasting the squash to making the sauce, and is really delicious. You have to try it!

10. Summer Tomato Basil and Avocado Salad

Summer Tomato Basil and Avocado Salad

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This Summer Tomato Basil and Avocado Salad by Jesse Lane Lee is simple and so refreshing for a hot summer day!

11. One-Pan Gnocchi in Cherry Tomato Sauce

One-Pan Gnocchi in Cherry Tomato Sauce

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This One-Pan Gnocchi in Cherry Tomato Sauce by Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek comes together in under 30 minutes! All you have to do is take a bowl of cherry tomatoes and cook them in a pan with some onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and vegetable stock until soft. Then, blend the sauce up to give it a nice and silky texture (or don’t! If you like it chunky, there’s no need!) To finish the dish off, add gnocchi, basil leaves, and vegan cream to the sauce. Let it cook for just about 4-5 minutes until the gnocchi turns soft and the sauce thickens. And that’s all there is to the dish! It really couldn’t be more simple, right? So there you have it. A tasty, creamy and filling lunch for 3 people (or 2) on the table in about 30 minutes. And just look how creamy and heavenly one-pan gnocchi and tomato sauce looks!

12. Lasagna Soup with Cashew Cream

Lasagna Soup with Cashew Cream

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If you love fresh vegan recipes and all things soup, you’re going to be head over heels for this vegan Lasagna Soup with Cashew Cream by Gabrielle St. Claire!! Creating a lasagna can take a long time and the lasagna usually loses its quality within days. Soups on the other hand are typically easy, more nutrient-dense, and taste just as good, if not better, days after you make it because the flavors marry more. What’s fab about this vegan lasagna soup, is everything! It’s quick, easy, affordable, and features staple ingredients. The tomatoes, rich cashew cream sauce,  and a hint of spice perfectly mirror the traditional. Such a perfect recipe for the winter months, as it can easily be made in bulk!

13. Perfect Breakfast Bagels with Tomato and Basil


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These Perfect Breakfast Bagels with Tomato and Basil by Emily von Euw are so simple yet so flavorful. Bagels with just vegan cream cheese or butter could never live up to this amazing bagel creation!

14. Tomato Basil Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Soup

Tomato Basil Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Soup [Vegan]

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This Tomato Basil Roasted Pepper Red Lentil Soup by Stephanie McKinnie is a comforting treat that can be served any time of the year. The red lentils provide the heartiness and the roasted peppers, tomato and basil bring in the comfort!

15. Tomato and Basil Pizza

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This homemade vegan Tomato and Basil Pizza by Hayley Canning is topped with tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes.

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Tomatoes with Basil Cashew Cheese

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