Stuffed Tomatoes – Grow. Eat. $ave.

To-may-toes, To-mah-toes…

It’s what we’re talking about this week on Grow. Eat. $ave! Stuffed Tomatoes to be exact…

Got an over abundance of tomatoes?!? Looking for a cool, light and refreshing side…or even a main dish dinner?!? Well, stuffed tomatoes are THE way to go!

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Stuffed Tomatoes with Spicy Avocado Salad

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • About 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut a cone around the stem bud of the tomato to cut out the center portion.  Scoop out the seeds. (So it won’t be so “runny” when you fork into it.)
  • In a mixing bowl, toss together the avocado, onion, jalapeno, crushed garlic, ground cumin and lemon juice.  Season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the Spicy Avocado Salad into the Tomatoes.
  • Enjoy!

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Grilled Stuffed Orange Tomatoes with Black Olives and Provencal Goat Cheese

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 5 to 8 minutes


  • 4 orange tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, provencal flavor


  • Cut a cone around the stem bud of the tomato to cut out the center portion.  Scoop out the seeds.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the black olive slices and the goat cheese and stuff into the awaiting tomatoes.
  • Place the stuffed tomatoes on a hot grill and grill for about 5-8 minutes, or until goat cheese gets oozy…and the tomato skin begins to wrinkle.
  • Devour.

Are you drooling yet?!?

More Tomato Stuffing Ideas:

  • Tuna Salad
  • Savory Chicken Salad
  • Corn and Black Bean Salsa
  • Guacamole

Do you have a favorite filling for Stuffed Tomatoes?!


  1. says

    We belong to a CSA and the tomatoes aren’t even in full swing yet & we are getting close to 10 lbs per week! I have been making tomato basil salad, bruschetta, and this week i made homemade tomato sauce. I have about 2 lbs of tomatoes on my windowsill ripening as we speak, and I am looking forward to dicing them up & canning them for use in soups & sauces through out the winter, because there are only so many days of fresh tomatoes I can handle before I am ready to start dropping care packages off by the basketful to unsuspecting family & neighbors!

  2. zellion says

    Oh yeah, I’m drooling. I’m canning more salsa with the excess tomatoes this week but I’ll have more in just a few days and then I think that the black olives and goat cheese one sounds to die for!

    I get a lot of cherry tomatoes too – even though I only planted one cherry tomato plant. One! And I’m still getting 10+ a day. I like to make couscous with roasted garlic and olive oil, then pan cook the cherry tomatoes cut into 8th’s, along with onion and zucchini.

  3. says

    I love the idea of stuffing a tomato with chicken salad! I also think your Double Bean Stuffed Peppers recipe would work well with tomatoes, but that would mean turning on the oven…

    • Paula says

      I love to make a tuna salad using:
      2 cans drained white albacore tuna
      1 apple diced
      1/2 cucumber peeled and diced
      1 carrot shredded
      1/4 cup raisins
      enough mayo to make it the right consisitency, maybe 1/4-1/2
      Mix this all together and then stuff in a cored tomato and serve with your favorite crackers. We sometimes have mac and cheese with this as well.

      My mom used to make this when I was little on hot evenings and I loved it. My children are now teens and adults and they all love it too.

      Another thing my mom made in the summer was cold plates. These would include all kinds of things, basically whatever was in the fridge and didn’t need heated. Cold cuts, cheese, cottage cheese, potato salad, macaroni salad, slaw, tuna, fresh veggies or fruit cut up and maybe a dip, banana, pumpkin, or zuchinni bread with honey butter or cream cheese. These were always a surprise and always yummy. If there were left over deviled eggs to go on these they were a celebration;-)

      • says

        @Paula, Your tuna salad sounds incredible!

        A cold plate dinner would be a great way to use up all of the “cold” leftovers that accumulate through out the week. Thanks for sharing this idea; I think my kids will enjoy the novelty!

  4. says

    I just love tomatoes and I love stuffing them too! I just did a Tuna Curry Salad Stuffed Tomato as well as the Tomato Gorgonzola Bake. The tomato is just so versatile!

  5. says

    OMG. I LOVE tomatoes! So many things you can with them. Some of my favorite things:
    Roast tomatoes on the grill (need green or slightly under-ripe tomatoes).
    Roasted red pepper & tomato Gouda soup.
    Tomato salads
    Salsa (I lost 20 pounds on a “salsa diet” but it wasn’t exactly “pure” salsa).
    Salsa on roasted chicken breasts
    Pan-fried tomatoes

    This post made hungry now for tomatoes so now I’m eating yellow pear tomatoes.

  6. says

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    I was just thinking about having a tomato salad for lunch. Yummy.

  7. says

    I’m so very jealous of your tomatoes. I’ve had exactly 3 ripe tomatoes and 2 of those were rotten on the bottom. I’m not sure what we’re doing wrong with our tomato plants. The cherry ones are doing pretty good though. I’m still holding out hope that our plants will perk up and produce!

  8. says

    I love to stuff tomatoes with couscous and some minced onion, peppers, garlic and whatever herbs I have. Sometimes I put some cheese in it and on top and stick it under the broiler for a few minutes.

    I just love tomatoes. Especially this time of year!

  9. says

    These look great! I’m definitely going to try the avocao ones. I love tomatoes, too. My husband grows them for me, and this year has been average, which is better than nothing. Last year was stellar–we ate fresh tomatoes every day for 77 days straight. It was like heaven. These days, I’ve had tomatoes every day, but not often enough to share with the rest of the family. LOL


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