Hollowed-out tomatoes were the secret to elegant lunches in the '50s--and they deserve a comeback today. Look for bright red, aromatic tomatoes without any mushy spots or discolorations. You can also stuff these tomatoes with Bacony Barley Salad with Marinated Shrimp or Curried Tofu Salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine shrimp, celery, basil, olives, shallot, mayonnaise, vinegar and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.

  • Carefully hollow out the inside of each tomato using a melon baller or small spoon; reserve the scooped tomato for another use (see Tip). To serve, fill each tomato with a generous 1/2 cup of the shrimp salad.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the salad (Step 1). Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Tip: Save the scooped-out tomato insides to use in fresh tomato soup or pasta sauce. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

160.5 calories; protein 17.1g 34% DV; carbohydrates 11.2g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 4.4g; fat 5.5g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 4% DV; cholesterol 144.8mg 48% DV; vitamin a iu 1320.5IU 26% DV; vitamin c 36.7mg 61% DV; folate 49.6mcg 12% DV; calcium 83.1mg 8% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 44mg 16% DV; potassium 483.9mg 14% DV; sodium 402.3mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
We made the recipe with no changes the first time and the flavors were great but the tomato required a sharp knife and there seemed to be too much tomato in relation to the other ingredients. Next time we used only 2 large heirloom tomatoes and cut them into smallish bit-sized pieces. Much tastier that way since the dressing came into contact with all the ingredients including the tomato and the tomato didn't dominate the dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is Great!! I followed it exactly and it tastes amazing. There are great flavors and aroma. Perfect Spring/Summer lunch recipe... Read More