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Our Favorite No-Cook Raw Tomato Sauce Recipe

Robyn Openshaw - Aug 05, 2014 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

grow-tomatoes-in-pots-01Tomatoes are coming on right about now! Do you love them like I do?

I recently downsized and moved from a home with a big, beautiful garden to a small townhouse. It fits my life now that I have one child left at home and no time for yard maintenance. It's right on the freeway, giving me a straight shot to the airport. Amazing to think how different my life is now from the life I had 10 years ago, when I was in the thick of raising four small children.

One of the losses of all these positive changes: for the first year ever, I miss my own garden produce!

Like John Denver said, “Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love, and home-grown tomatoes!”

If you're luckier than me in terms of home-grown tomatoes, here’s a way to use your big tomato crop without cooking or even spending much time. I use this on pasta of any kind, in quinoa with steamed veggies, or mixed half-and-half with guacamole and dip salt-free brown-rice crisps in it.

raw tomato sauce



  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 3 lbs fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 handful of fresh basil, oregano, or both
  • Pinch of sea salt


Pulse in your blender until blended but still chunky (or whatever consistency you prefer). Serve over pasta, quinoa with vegetables, or with chips.

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Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

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  1. Mary says:

    This sounds easy and delicious! Just curious – how have you downsized your food storage since moving to a townhouse? I recall a previous post where you mentioned that you stored a large amount of food for emergencies.

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