Provencal Tomatoes: The perfect recipe for a Summer in France

Provencal Tomatoes: The perfect recipe for a Summer in France

I am not really a fan of tomatoes, but I had to change my mind after eating this dish at my mother-in-law’s place. Provencal tomatoes, or tomates à la provençale in French, originates in the Provence region of France, where she is from, near Avignon. And she is in her own words, une Gourmande (French for a luxurious foodie).

Picking fresh tomatoes

Now, if you wanted to cook this like a true Gourmande, you have to get the tomatoes fresh from the marché. Parisians like their Sunday Farmers’ markets, but they are nothing like the markets in Provence.

Imagine the bright sunshine, the little town square in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its cobblestone streets. Locals bustling about with their straw baskets filled to the brim with fresh produce and flowers. These are the types of tomatoes a true gourmand would go for, fresh from the farm.

Farmers' Market in France
Farmers’ Market in France

But I digress. You can also buy tomatoes at your local supermarket and call it a day. At least your local supermarket will have air-conditioning, parking and trolleys! (Better yet, you can just get the groceries delivered. I promise you it will taste just as good.)

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Frequently asked Questions

What main dish serve with provencal tomatoes?


As a main dish, you can serve just about anything, but my favorite combination is with u003cstrongu003elamb chopsu003c/strongu003e. Freshly seared on a grill and lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and a bit of basil and parsley, it goes beautifully with Provencal Tomatoes.

What drinks to serve?

Wine bottle illustration

For drinks, a bottle of chilled rosé wine is the perfect summer feast. Keeping with the provençale tradition, you can pick a u003ca href=u0022 class=u0022rank-math-linku0022u003eBouches-du-Rhone rosé u003c/au003eor Aix-en-Provence rosé.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eIf you don’t like rosé, a chilled white from the region also works quite well.

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Provencal Tomatoes

Provencal Tomatoes Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tomates à la provençale is a French side dish, originating in the Provence in the South of France. Perfect with some grilled meat and a bottle of rosé wine.


  • 4 red tomatoes
  • 2 table spoons of olive oil
  • 1 tea spoon of garlic powder,
  • 1 table spoon of chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • breadcrumbs


    1. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove some of the seeds.
    2. Place the tomato halves on a lightly oiled dish that can go to the oven.
    3. Mix in a bowl: the garlic powder, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, a pinch of marjoram or oregano.  
    4. Add the mix on top of each half of tomatoes and then sprinkle liberally with breadcrumbs.
    5. Lightly oil the top of the tomatoes.
    6. Put a little water at the bottom of the dish and bake in the oven for 410F (210 ° C) for about 30 mn.
    7. Serve while warm, 2 halves of the tomato per person.
    8. Bon appétit!


  • Skip the breadcrumbs to make it keto-friendly and gluten-free.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for informational purposes only.


Serve hot or warm and enjoy! If you enjoyed that, check out our other easy French recipes that are classic (with a twist). A bientôt.

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