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19 Tomato Salads You've Been Waiting For Since January

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Ever since May turned to June, I've noticed a sort of hush at the farmers market—a near-bursting quiet, the type that sweeps over an audience when the lights lower but the curtain has not yet lifted. It's the anticipation of the main event. And in this case, that main event is tomatoes.

The East Coast has already seen asparagus and peas, plums and peaches (we have a lot to be grateful for), but still, the market-goers seem to give each other questioning eyes: Are the tomatoes here yet?

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We don't have much longer to go! And lots of you probably already have your hands on these celebrity fruits. (I'm jealous.) The first thing I'll do when I get a great one? Cut it large chunks, drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle it with salt, eat in 5 minutes flat.

Next up: Any of these 19 tomato salads.

Tomatoes, front and center:

Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde
Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde
 Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel
Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel
Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Feta, and Hazelnuts
Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Feta, and Hazelnuts
Summer Corn and Tomato Salad
Summer Corn and Tomato Salad

Tomatoes, with a little help from some friends:

Chickpea and Green Tomato Salad
Chickpea and Green Tomato Salad
Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad
Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad
Rosie Birkett's Tomatoes with Ricotta, Hazelnuts, and Salsa Verde
Rosie Birkett's Tomatoes with Ricotta, Hazelnuts, and Salsa Verde
Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella
Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella
Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions
Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions
Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil
Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil
Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette by Jen Balletto

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato by EmilyC

Summer Farro Salad

Summer Farro Salad by Jennifer Perillo

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and Mozzarella

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and... by The Canal House

Tomatoes, with lots of help from cheese or butter:

Brown Butter Tomatoes

Brown Butter Tomatoes by Amanda Hesser

Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad

Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad by Amanda Hesser

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad by Emiko

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad

Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad by sweet enough