Cherry tomatoes are an unsung hero of modern cuisine. Cherry tomatoes are in so many varying dishes across the world, and yet, sometimes you’d barely even notice they were there. So many times cherry tomatoes are used as a base to create interesting sauces or salads, but never really get much time to bask in the spotlight!
We believe that cherry tomatoes deserve their moment of glory, to see the amazing and fresh flavors that each of these bright red little bundles has packed within. But there are so few recipes that highlight their glory or make full and effective use of them. You’ve probably encountered this exact problem yourself.
If you’ve got a bunch of cherry tomatoes waiting to be used, or you just want to satisfy a craving for that little red fruit, then you are not alone. Why don’t we find out how you can put those amazing little tomatoes to good use to create tasty and memorable food?
Read on to find out 25 of the best cherry tomato recipes that you can try out today!
1. Tomato Salsa
Grab yourself a bag of tortilla chips, and a group of friends, and then gather up together around a bowl of this refreshing and smoky tomato salsa.
This tomato salsa recipe takes full advantage of the wonderful flavors of cherry tomatoes, as every drop is filled with the tart and sour taste you’ve likely come to love from cherry tomatoes.
This salsa is also blended with jalapenos and coriander. The jalapenos pack the salsa with a subtle spicy kick, while the coriander helps to make the sauce refreshing with every scoop.
2. Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
You can make batch after batch of amazing pasta sauces with just a few cherry tomatoes at hand! This recipe roasts the cherry tomatoes under intense heat for quick bursts, in order for the flavors of the tomatoes to be drawn out.
This also lightly caramelizes the tomatoes, so that they become more sweet and smoky to taste, but also have a more interesting consistency and texture!
The sweet taste of this sauce makes it perfect for making fulfilling meals that you can enjoy all summer long while basking in the sunshine. It’s like tasting the essence of the sun itself!
3. Saucy Burst Tomato Basil Chicken
There’s no need for thousands of kitchen utensils, pots, or pans with this simple recipe. You can make all of this glory entirely within one pan!
To create the great flavors of the dish, the chicken is first grilled within the pan, until it starts to crisp up on the outside and take on a smoky taste.
From here, you simply add the tart sauce made up of cherry tomatoes and allow the chicken to really soak in those amazing juices.
Keep sauteeing for a bit longer, and eventually you’ll have yourself a nice and bubbling tomato and basil chicken, which is perfect for tasting the essence of the summer!
4. Tomato Tarte Tatin
Want to find an effective way to make use of a large number of excess cherry tomatoes? This recipe piles stacks of cherry tomatoes onto a crisp and golden pastry base to create a dish rather reminiscent of a pizza, but with all of the style and grace of a classic tarte tatin.
The tomatoes are lightly crushed to release their juices and then roasted with garlic and herbs to add an extra dimension of satisfaction. The buttery pastry base melts away under the sweet juices of the tomatoes, while still retaining a crunchiness with every single bite. It’s a cacophony of textures that’s a delight for the soul.
5. Marinated Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, and Basil Salad Recipe
Create a twist on the Italian classic of tomato and mozzarella with this simple guide.
The cherry tomatoes, with their characteristic tartness and sour juices, contrast against the smooth creaminess of the mozzarella to make the combination effortlessly elegant and delightful. The basil atop the salad also helps to give the dish that final sense of aroma that has made it a staple of Italian cuisine.
The dish is lightly tossed together with a helping of vinegar and salt and pepper, which gives the dish a sense of cohesion.
6. Casarecce Pasta with Cherry Tomato Sauce
You can treat your vegan friends to a tomato-fueled delight with this simple pasta recipe. Casarecca refers to a twisted form of pasta that is able to hold onto the immense flavors of the pasta sauce in its folds.
This dish is remarkably easy to make, and can be done with just a few ingredients that you might already have dotted around your kitchen! Try it out for yourself!
7. Herby Lemon Chicken Skewers
Chicken skewers are a favorite dish when it comes to the taste of a summer barbecue. Stick some cubed chicken chunks onto some bamboo sticks and then lightly grill them up and serve them beside a bed of lightly peppered cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, and radishes.
The lemon and herb chicken has a refreshing but savory taste that is perfect for the summer months, while the tomato salad provides a sweet kick alongside the dish.
8. Strawberry Salsa
We know it sounds rather mad. Strawberries in a salsa? Don’t worry, we tried it for ourselves, and we can confirm that it is incredibly delicious!
The sweet strawberries give the dish a further kick of refreshing and fruity flavor, taking salsa to heights yet unseen. Who’d have thought that salsa could get any sweeter or more refreshing?
9. Baked Feta with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Toast
Great for the vegetarians amongst you, easy to make, and with only 500 calories? This recipe truly is heaven-sent. The baked feta retains its creamy and soft texture and taste, but the outside takes on a slight crispiness that makes every bite feel amazing.
The feta is baked for around 20 minutes alongside a hearty serving of cherry tomatoes, and olive oil sprinkled across.
Once cooked, sprinkle over your favorite balsamic vinegar to create a contrasting splash for the dish, and then serve it with garlic bread or sourdough toast to dip into the leftover oils.
10. Cherry Tomato Salad
Less is more. That’s an adage as old as time itself, and yet, it still remains very true. In this case, simply throwing together some chopped cherry tomatoes with a good helping of olive oil, garlic, honey, and balsamic vinegar can create something really remarkable.
If you have a lot of cherry tomatoes but not too much culinary imagination, why not try out this recipe? It will save your valuable tomatoes from going to waste, and requires very little effort and only a few extra ingredients!
And, it’s delicious and healthy to boot, with cherry tomatoes being naturally rich in vitamin A!
11. Cod, Cherry Tomato, and Green Olive Traybake
The combination of parma ham, cherry tomatoes, and green olives makes this recipe taste as if it has come straight from the lands of Italy!
Here, the cherry tomatoes are set into a large baking tray with parma-ham-wrapped cod filets, and plenty of green olives and onions to create a one-pot wonder of tasty food.
The tomatoes and olives slowly soften over the cooking process, to release their flavors and send them straight into the tender flesh of the cod. The parma ham around the cod adds a slight crunchiness to each filet, with the parma ham having taken to the roasting process.
12. Green Bean Salad with Cherry Tomato Feta
The tangy and slightly salty taste of Feta cheese makes it a perfect candidate for a partner to cherry tomatoes. When the two are put together in a dish of red onions and green beans, well, you have yourself a dish to truly delight.
Creating this salad is easy, thanks to the crumbly nature of feta cheese, which can be lightly sprinkled throughout and then mixed in to create sharp tangy notes within every bite. These tangy notes contrast against the smooth profile of the olive oil, which is lightly blended with mustard and garlic.
13. Tomato Feta Salad
Again, we can’t help but sing the praises of feta. When combined with some colorful cherry tomatoes, and drizzled in olive oil, vinegar, and a big helping of parsley, it creates an amazing treat for your tongue.
This dish in particular is great to serve as a side dish at a get-together or party that you are hosting. In fact, it’s so good you could even serve it as one of your main dishes and you would likely see very few complaints from your guests.
This dish is seriously addictive, moreish, and so easy to eat. You simply can’t help yourself from going back for seconds (or even thirds)!
14. Tomato and Basil Pesto Focaccia
Bread is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There are so many ways to make it, and every single one of them is delicious and satisfying.
One particular favorite bread across the world is Focaccia. This oily, soft, but also slightly crunchy bread has been delighting our palettes with herby goodness for so many years, and yet we are still finding amazing ways to innovate on it.
With this recipe, you can create focaccia that not only tastes amazing, but looks great too, with bright red patches of sweet and acidic juices, and green patches of rich herbs. It’s a delight for all of your senses!
15. Baked White Fish Mediterranean-Style
Toss all of the elements of this recipe into a single baking tray with plenty of olive oil, set it into the oven for a few hours, and when it’s done, you’ll have one of the most mind-blowing dishes on this list just waiting for you to try it.
And the best part is, it doesn’t take much to make! Simply chop your ingredients up, toss them together in a tray, and you’re set!
White fish includes such fish as cod, halibut, grouper, and snappers, to name a few. Such fish are incredibly tender, which makes them easy and joyful to eat.
16. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Want to simply savor every drop of sweet sensation from a set of cherry tomatoes? We have the recipe for you! This recipe is focused, 100 percent, on the beauty inherent within these bright red pearls of glory.
Roasting them up on the vine with plenty of crushed garlic, and olive oil for a few hours allows their juices to bubble up inside of the walls of the tomatoes so that they explode even more than usual with each bite!
17. Sicilian Potato Salad
This Sicilian twist on the humble potato salad is full of character, from its use of Yukon potatoes, down to the bright cherry tomatoes mixed throughout.
Black olives also give the dish a great sense of sophistication, with a slightly bitter savory taste that explodes into your mouth every few bites. This blend of flavors lends itself well to creating a dish that is easy to eat, incredibly filling, and great for a solo night in during the summer months.
18. Lemon, Spinach, and Cherry Tomato Pilaf
This dish smells just as great as it tastes! The whole time you make it you’ll no doubt be salivating, just imagining the amazing flavors that are awaiting you.
The scent of the sharp and sweet lemon juice, and the fresh and aromatic spinach blend together in a pot with cherry tomatoes, rice, and a helping of cinnamon to create a one-pot dish that is a delight for your nose and your mouth.
This dish also makes for a great easy recipe if you just want something nice and uncomplicated to make that will warm you up deep inside.
19. Chunky Cherry Tomato Gazpacho
Gazpacho often comes as a surprise to those that haven’t tried it. This amazing soup, unlike common soups, is served at a freezing cold temperature! Initially, it sounds like madness, but the sweet and herby taste of the cherry tomatoes creates a fieriness that contrasts with the icy cold temperature of the soup.
This soup is the absolute most refreshing dish on this list and makes for a perfect Summertime treat when you just need to cool down, but also want a savory flavor to delight your mouth.
This soup is incredibly easy to make, and you can create large batches to be stored in the refrigerator for later instant consumption! It’s a truly convenient dish!
20. Ricotta Toast with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes
In a rush to create a quick lunchtime snack that also makes use of your spare cherry tomatoes? Grab a loaf of your favorite sourdough, some ricotta, and a helping of balsamic vinegar and you have yourself an instant solution!
The cherry tomatoes are lightly crushed atop the bread, to allow their juices to spread across the ricotta cheese, to create a blend of creamy and tart tastes. And don’t forget to add the kale alongside your tomatoes.
Not only is kale incredibly healthy for your gut, but it also adds a great crunchy texture that matches perfectly with the crispiness of the sourdough. The sourdough lightly softens towards its center, thanks to the juices and oils, to create a delicious doughy treat at the center.
21. Pasta Salad in a Jar
Think ahead to the future with this easy recipe. Need to sort out your lunchtime snacks for the next week, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen each day? Try making your next pasta salad right in a jar!
These compact jars of texture and flavor make a perfect solution for those busybodies who don’t get enough time to make the perfect meal and who want to inject some more excitement into their lunches without losing the convenience!
These salad jars are packed with delicious pasta, plenty of healthy greens, and a layer of exploding and tasty cherry tomatoes just waiting to pop!
22. Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Mozzarella
We all love pizza. You’d be very hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t. And there are still so many exciting and different types of pizza just waiting for you to try them.
Want to make the standard tomato and mozzarella pizza just a little more exciting and vibrant? Try making your next one with cherry tomatoes instead! This creates an exciting pizza that pops with flavor with every bite.
And you can even make the pizza look more amazing than ever, by using cherry tomatoes of varying colors, like red, orange, and yellow, to give the pizza a more fiery look that makes it all the more mouthwatering!
23. Vegetable Omelet
Make your breakfast omelet far more exciting with a few cherry tomatoes, a helping of fresh greens, and some white wine vinegar!
This breakfast treat is sure to put some pep in your step for the rest of your day and fill you with energy, ready to take on whatever the day throws at you. The refreshing tomatoes are packed with juices, themselves filled with nutrients and other good bits.
The greens inside are cooked to perfection, to be soft enough for your early morning appetite, but with enough of a crunch to be satisfying.
24. Rainbow Pasta Salad
Get yourself a medley of different colored cherry tomatoes, some rainbow pasta, and lots of pepper and mozzarella. Chuck them together with an olive oil and vinegar dressing, and then serve cold in a bowl, and you have yourself the perfect lunchtime fuel.
The ingredients are sweet and refreshing, while the olives and mozzarella add a savory note to make the dish taste truly succulent and satisfying.
25. Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad
It’s no surprise that couscous makes for such satisfying salads. The microscopic balls of wholesome goodness are able to easily absorb flavors from everything around them to create fantastically satisfying meals both at lunchtime or at dinner time!
This tasty salad makes the most of couscous by stuffing it with ripe cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and plenty of herbs to create a dish that’s easy to shovel down, but difficult to forget. Long after you’ve chowed down on this amazing salad you’ll be thinking back to its amazing combination of diverse flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are cherry tomatoes bad for you?
Cherry tomatoes are not inherently bad for you and are in fact packed with lots of vital nutrients to help keep your body healthy and fit.
However, cherry tomatoes do contain a great amount of malic acid, which has been noted to cause symptoms of acid reflux. This is only a minor effect, but it can be uncomfortable for some.
In order to avoid developing any acid reflux make sure to enjoy cherry tomatoes as part of a fully balanced diet and to only eat them in moderation!
What is the difference between cherry tomatoes and regular tomatoes?
Aside from the obvious differences in size between the two tomato varieties, they also differ greatly in terms of their general flavor profiles. Ordinary tomatoes are generally very sweet and easy to eat.
On the other hand, cherry tomatoes boast a rather sour and tart flavor that makes them seem rather more punchy when they pop in your mouth.
Cherry tomatoes can be used to inject a bit of flair into a tomato-based dish, thanks to this slightly more south taste.
Where do cherry tomatoes grow best?
Generally, like many plants and fruits, cherry tomatoes thrive best in areas with lots of sunshine. If you are growing your own cherry tomatoes, you should grow them in a location that will receive a long period of sunlight, for upwards of eight hours a day.
When grown properly, cherry tomatoes will grow to be extremely plump and fit to burst as soon as they are bitten into, so make sure to grow them with the utmost care!
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