Top Rated Cherry Tomato Recipes

This delectable dish is the perfect finger-food for large groups or intimate gatherings. The combination of sweet cherry tomatoes and goat cheese on toasted baguette slices is nothing less than irresistible.

My father had a rotation of a few go-to dishes he would make for me and my sister when my mother was working or studying, and one of them is an easy, but still super-tasty favorite of mine: ricotta, pasta, and tomato sauce. Usually he went with rotelli. He’d make the pasta, throw it in a bowl with the ricotta while it was still warm a few times, and then toss it with tomato sauce. It’s creamy and tangy, and it’s replete with all the true simple goodness and flavor of growing up in an Italian-American household. I play with this recipe all the time, throwing in cold goat cheese at the last second, fancying up the pasta, making my own sauce, but at the base of it, this is Pop’s dish. Here, instead of using a jar of sauce, you can make a simple homemade cherry tomato sauce in less than 20 minutes, and used some fancypants stracciatella and ricotta with homemade garganelli from Eataly. It’s a much more expensive version of a dish whose inspiration was kind of totally the complete opposite: a reasonably priced, soul-satisfying, red-sauce dinner. Why? Because it takes all those quintessential flavors to their next level. Regardless, let’s just say by the time you boil your water, it will be ready to go. And hey Pop, thanks for dinner.Click here to see It's Time for a Cherry Tomato Fiesta — 11 Great Recipes.

Celebrate summer’s finest produce in this delicate, light ricotta and tomato tart.This recipe is courtesy of Little Things by Julia.

This has to be one of the easiest tomato sauces to make. It’s the ultimate beginner’s tomato sauce because there’s no chopping. All you basically have to do is throw the tomatoes into a pan, cover them, and wait until they all burst. One thing to note is the seed factor. You’ll find many Italian chefs who say they would never remove seeds from a tomato sauce. If you agree, this is a sauce for you. Seeding isn’t an option here, but you don’t really need to — the seeds, while numerous, are hardly bitter.Click here to see It's Time for a Cherry Tomato Fiesta — 11 Great Recipes.

Ground chicken can taste bland and often has a texture that's tough to work with, but with the addition of curry powder, onions, and peas, plus some bread crumbs, you have a unique, hearty burger with the health benefits of lean protein. Chutneys are usually made with a fruit like mango or pineapple but the sweetness and the acidity of cherry tomatoes (which, hey, are also fruits) are perfect in a mixture in which sweet and sour are neccessary — and refreshing.Click here to see 7 Must-Try Burger Recipes.

Cherry tomatoes are one of the highlights of summer — tiny little bursts of fresh, bright flavor. This tart (that takes a bit of help from the store in the form of frozen puff pastry) is really easy to prepare and is perfect to serve as an appetizer or as a light meal alongside a fresh salad.Click here to see It's Time for a Cherry Tomato Fiesta — 11 Great Recipes.

Dish with Diane — a series all about getting healthy and delicious foods right from world-class chefs themselves, brings you this special pasta. Homemade pasta is full of summer vegetables and mixed together with fresh herbs.Click here for more Dish with Diane: Chef Inspired Healthy with Ben Lee. Or click here to watch the video.

Make this as the perfect appetizers. Enjoy and serve.

I love the concept of standing in the kitchen and chatting with a friend while whipping up some culinary masterpiece. I don’t know about you though, but that's not how it has ever really gone for me. Usually, I can’t think about anything but what I’m making, so my sentences often have random ingredients thrown in. But this dish — this bright, sweet, colorful dish — is the perfect drink-wine-while-chatting-and-cooking-all-at-once snack.Case in point: a good friend was in town, so I invited her to my place for a glass of wine and some snacks. (In this story, snacks = cherry tomato bruschetta.) We successfully stood at the kitchen counter, drinking a light California red, while I cooked up this extremely easy and tasty bite. It is a great appetizer or side dish and is virtually fool proof. The salt and the rosemary cut the sweetness of the tomatoes and the warm, slightly crispy (and salty) bread is the perfect carrier for it all.Click here to see more Tasty Tomato Recipes.

Originally, the recipe was conceived to use up some slow-cooker pork shoulder leftovers, but its simplicity and bright colors had me thinking about boring old pasta in a new way. Come to think of it, you could use leftover roast chicken too, but the tomatoes and radicchio go nicely with the tender pork.Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: Pasta Dishes.

Here's everything you need to know about this spaghetti recipe: It's inexpensive, easy to make, and delicious. Put simply, it's the ultimate quick-fix pasta dish.Click here to see 6 Quick and Easy Pasta RecipesClick here to see 8 Easy Vegetarian Dishes.


Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (such as Sun Gold)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 14 ounces penne pasta
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Combine cherry tomatoes, oil, garlic, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until garlic is just toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour chicken broth into tomato mixture bring to a simmer and cook until tomatoes start to collapse and burst, about 10 minutes. Stir oregano and red pepper flakes into tomato mixture.

Puree tomato mixture with a stick blender until sauce is smooth.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and return pasta to the pot. Pour tomato sauce over penne and stir until pasta absorbs some of the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into pasta and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Food52's Best Cherry Tomato Recipe

The web site food52 asks home cooks to submit their best recipes to weekly contests that determine which will make it into their second forthcoming cookbook. Each week we feature the contests' finalists. Check out the recipes, go vote, and connect our passionate food community with theirs.

We're sharing the best home cook-submitted recipes from food52's latest contest. This week, the theme is "Your Best Cherry Tomato Recipe." Who have New York Times food writers Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs chosen as their food52 finalists this time around? Find out below, then go vote to help pick the winners.
#1 Baked Ricotta and Goat Cheese with Candied Tomatoes by TheRunawaySpoon

Photograph by James Ransom

What Hesser and Stubbs say: The tomatoes really do taste like candy -- the brown sugar and vermouth turn to syrup in the pan and cloak the cherry tomatoes, caramelizing their edges as they pop and start to collapse.

#2 Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish by Sam 1148

Photograph by James Ransom

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What Hesser and Stubbs say: A light cornmeal coating gives the fish a delicate crunch, and while you may be skeptical of the scant amount of lime juice and garlic you use to marinate the fish, it manages to shine through.


5 Great Ways To Use Cherry Tomatoes

1. Freeze Them Whole

Freezing those cherry tomatoes that are overflowing in your garden is a great way to preserve them.

Just wash, pull off the stem, and flash freeze them on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen, place them in a freezer safe bag, making sure the squeeze as much air out of the bags as possible.

We prefer to seal them in a Food Saver bag for longer storage life.

When you are ready to use them just pull them out of the freezer and add them to your recipe. Because the cherry tomatoes will be softer than if you were using fresh tomatoes it is best to use them in recipes for soups, sauces and casseroles.

2. Roast Them

Although you don&rsquot have to cut them in half, we find that they roast quicker and taste better when you do.

Cutting cherry tomatoes is easy when you place several on a cutting board and place the bottom of a plate on top to hold them steady while you cut them in half with a serrated knife.

Lay your cherry tomatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet, cut side up. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and add a pinch of salt and desired seasonings over the top of your tomatoes. Roast, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for approximately 20-30 minutes.

Serve on top of your favorite dish, or cool and freeze for later use.

3. Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Heat 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet. Add 4 cloves of thinly sliced garlic and heat until fragrant and softened (about 2 minutes).

Add 4 cups of cherry tomatoes to the pan and cook. As they begin to burst, continue to smash them down while you stir. Continue to cook and smash until the desired consistency has been reached.

Add in 1 cup of chopped basil and ground black pepper to taste.

Serve over pasta or freeze for later use.

4. &ldquoSun Dried&rdquo Tomatoes

Sun dried tomatoes are one of the best ways to preserve your cherry tomatoes for later use. If you live in a dry, sunny area, place halved cherry tomatoes on baking sheets in the sun and let them dry out naturally.

For those don&rsquot live in this type of climate, you can dry your tomatoes by either using your oven or a dehydrator. We use a Cuisinart Food Dehydrator in our kitchen.

Wash your tomatoes and cut them in half and place them into a bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and spices and gently toss.

Place tomatoes cut side up onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cook at 200 degrees F for 4-8 hours.

If using a dehydrator, set temperature to 140 degrees and process until the tomatoes are dry (4-8 hours).

Store in an airtight container in the freezer or a cool dry place.

5. Tomato Juice

If you have an abundance of cherry tomatoes on hand, why not turn them into tomato juice?

Wash your tomatoes and put them in a large stockpot. Cook them down until heated through. No need to add extra liquid, as the cherry tomatoes will begin to break down and produce their own liquid.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Put through a tomato strainer and return the liquid to the pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes. Cool and freeze or process for canning. See How to Can Tomato Juice.


The 10 Best Cherry Tomato Varieties for Container Gardens

It’s a fact that the tomato is one of the most versatile fruits on Earth. You are bound to have had a dish in your life that contained this amazing plant, whether it was the red little gems in your salad, the seasoned sauce covering your pizza, or the savory topping dripping off your pasta. Growing up in an Italian household myself, I know just how many recipes rely on this staple food. Unfortunately, since tomato plants are quite large in size, few of us have the space to grow our own. However, many of us do have enough patio or balcony space to grow cherry tomatoes. These small varieties are half the size of a regular tomato, but with twice the taste! With many varieties to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the top 10 best cherry tomato varieties to grow in containers.

1. Bing Cherry

There are a number of reasons why this is such a favorite and well-known cherry tomato variety. First off, Bing cherry tomatoes grow best in hot and dry climates, which makes them highly tolerant to drought. This makes them ideal for hot urban gardens, which is where most people grow in containers due to limited space. Secondly, they’re reliably juicy nature and sweet, because of their ideal sucrose composition. Bing cherry tomatoes are perfect for gardening beginners, as they thrive in all climates, as well as multiple types of soil conditions from low to high acidity.

2. Gold Nugget

One of this cherry tomato’s top qualities is that it’s a determinate variety. Determinate tomato plants have a compact, bush-like stature and are guaranteed to grow to full size during the season. This makes them perfect for small spaces. A surprising fact about Gold Nugget tomatoes is that although they have thin skin, they are highly resistant to cracking. That said, it’s unlikely that you will have to worry about that issue, since they’re so juicy, you’ll barely be able to resist eating them the second they become ripe! These tomatoes are well known for their early yields and low interior seed count.

3. Bartelly F1

Bartelly F1 is one of the best cherry tomato varieties, due to its disease resistance and bountiful harvest. To start off with, they’re are highly resistant to tomato mosaic virus, which resides in soil and can be transmitted via contaminated hands, tools, and even insects. This variety produces a great yield thanks to their stem arrangement.

It has long trusses, with many small branches off of each truss. Their reliable harvest makes them an ideal variety for families looking to enjoy their container gardens gifts at the dining table. They’re also ideal for preserving, since you don’t want any of these little jewels to go to waste. Try dehydrating them, transforming them into sauce or jam for canning, and even freezing them to enjoy during the winter months.

4. Peacevine Cherry

Keep calm and eat on! Peacevine cherry tomatoes are popular for their delicious flavor, but also for the surprising calming effect they have on those who eat it. Although this variety is high in acidity, its acids are primarily from the gamma-aminobutyric amino acid, which is known to be a mild sedative. Peacevines also have one of the highest contents of vitamin C among tomato plants.

The abundance of vitamins provides a large number of health benefits, such as anticancer agents, improved eyesight, a stronger immune system, and even improved cardiovascular support. So the next time you’re sick or stressed out, reach out and grab a bunch of these miniature miracle workers!

5. Black Cherry

The striking deep purple skin of this heirloom variety is just one aspect of what makes “black cherry” an ideal addition to any garden. One of their more stellar qualities is that they are just as good cooked as they are raw. This allows amateur chefs to experiment with them in a vast amount of recipes, with little anxiety. Black tomatoes also have higher antioxidant levels than red ones, thanks to higher anthocyanin concentrations.

Black cherry tomatoes have two downsides, namely their sensitivity to cracking when being harvested, as well as their long growing period. The first fruits from a single plant are expected to ripen fully after an average 75 days of growing. This is about 15 days longer than the average cherry tomato ripening period. The taste, however, is said to be well worth the wait! They’re also beautiful tomatoes to sell at local farmer’s markets, especially when mixed together with complementary orange or yellow varieties.

6. Bumblebee

This beautiful tomato comes in three different styles: Sunrise, Pink, and Purple. All Bumblebee cherry tomatoes have striped skin that contrasts gorgeously with their main colour. The Sunrise Bumblebee cherry tomato is an orange colour with yellow stripes, the Purple Bumblebee cherry tomato is dark green with deep purple stripes, and Pink Bumblebee tomatoes are scarlet red with light pink stripes. You will love this popular variety because of its highly crack-resistant nature and gorgeous complexion. As an added bonus, it absolutely thrives in a standard 5-gallon container.

If you have a sunny balcony or patio, this plant is perfect for trellising against an exterior wall, or even along a railing. Since it’s an indeterminate variety, it will keep sprawling until the first frost. This means that you’ll be able to keep harvesting its beautiful fruit well into autumn.

7. Tiny Tim

This highly reliable cherry tomato variety is a go-to plant for any container garden. In fact, numerous local gardeners have even stated that Tiny Tim is the best cherry tomato plant for even the smallest planters! If you’re really short on space, you can grow these gems easily in a window box, or in a hanging planter.

Tiny Tim is a determinate tomato plant, and yields fruits that are on the smaller in size than its fellow cherry varieties. Fear not, however, as good things come in small packages. These little fruits pack a full punch of flavour and juice! Their easy growing nature is also a fact to be considered as they need little maintenance in order to have a bountiful harvest.

If you’re looking for a beautiful summer meal idea, toss these tiny tomatoes with miniature bocconcini, some shredded basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Perfection!

8. Gardener’s Delight

This little tomato’s name speaks for itself! The Gardener’s Delight cherry tomato is one of the most popular varieties for containers because of its easy-going attitude and sturdy nature. It grows well both in outdoor and indoor conditions, and has no soil preference either. Gardener’s Delight is very hardy as well, and they’re known to resist hard winds, cool nights, and hot days.

This tomato variety can also tolerate both over-watering and droughts. As a cherry on top of the sundae, (or more like the cherry tomato on top of the salad) it can be both determinate and indeterminate, allowing you to add personality easily to your container gardens. You can try playing with visual contrast by companion planting it with beneficial neighbors. Try combining a high-climbing indeterminate variety with Genovese or pistou basil. Or, if you’re growing a shorter, determinate variety instead, aim for nasturtiums. Those beautiful flowers will spill down the container’s sides in a colorful cascade. Added bonus: nasturtium flowers are edible too!

9. Sweetheart

With a name like Sweetheart, you can’t resist loving these little cuties. Sweetheart cherry tomatoes get their name from their oddly shaped fruit. They have dented tops beneath their leaf crowns, and pointed bottom tips, giving them a heart shape. This variety of cherry tomato is super short in stature. In fact, they average out to about less than 2 feet tall when fully grown. This short height makes the Sweetheart cherry tomato ideal for small containers. Its fruit is very sweet and low in acidity, making them the ideal for people who have heartburn and other acid-related health issues.

10. Juliet

Romeo, oh Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo? With these precious beauties, you won’t even miss the leading man as the Juliet cherry tomato takes center stage! This variety stands on the borderline between cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes. The latter are slightly different than cherry tomatoes in that they have an oval-shaped fruit with thicker skin, and are more commonly used for sauces than eating. Juliet has similar features, considering its skin density, oblong shape and a taste that is more suitable for cooking.

Are you ready to start planting yet? We hope this post helps you to choose the best cherry tomato variety for your own container garden. No need to ever have to choose between space and fresh tomatoes ever again. So what will you select? Traditional red, or the colours of a rainbow? Round, oval, or irregular? Beginner or intermediate? Snacking or cooking? There are many cherry tomato varieties to choose from, and the ones mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg. We encourage you to experiment and find out what fits the best in your own space.


Indeterminate

Indeterminates grow freely, with tall, bushy habits that require more space for cultivation, and branches typically need cages or stakes for support.

5. Black Cherry (Heirloom)

An heirloom variety, &lsquoBlack Cherry&rsquo has a complex, sweet flavor and firm texture packed into bite-size treats.

The one-inch fruits ripen to a deep mahogany brown and plants produce consistently throughout the hot summer months.

Plants grow to approximately 60 inches and mature in 64 days. Delicious and exotic, these little gems are great for snacks and add rich flavor to bruschetta, pizzas, and salsas.

This variety is naturally disease resistant, and seeds can be collected for propagation.

6. Black Pearl (Heirloom Hybrid)

&lsquoBlack Pearl&rsquo has a beautifully rich, deep mahogany color and its heirloom heritage as a cross of &lsquoBlack Cherry&rsquo provides a delightful, complex flavor &ndash sweet with a rich, tangy bite.

The vigorous vines are laden with dark clusters of one-and-a-half-inch tomatoes that are produced until fall.

Plants grow to 60 inches and require cages or stakes for support. Fruits are tasty for snacking or lovely in bruschetta and pizza, and they mature in 65 days.

7. Green Envy (Hybrid)

A sweet, juicy option with a delicate flavor, the ovate, one-inch fruits of &lsquoGreen Envy&rsquo ripen to a deep, translucent emerald green.

Plants produce continuously until fall. The firm and meaty tomatoes are well suited to grilling or roasting, and add a light, fresh flavor to salads and salsas.

Fruits mature in 60 to 70 days on plants that grow 63 to 67 inches. A cage or stakes are needed for support.

8. Italian Ice (Hybrid)

Sugary sweet with a mild, low-acid taste, &lsquoItalian Ice&rsquo is a prolific plant with large clusters of one-inch fruits in a soft, creamy yellow hue.

Large clusters set throughout summer until plants are killed by frost.

Delicious chilled for a cooling salad or snack, the fruits also pair well with pasta or can be made into a mild green relish.

Plants grow 60 to 72 inches and fruits can be harvested in 65 days.

9. Midnight Snack (Hybrid)

Dark, handsome, and delicious, &lsquoMidnight Snack&rsquo is one of the tastiest purple tomatoes.

When grown in full sun, the fruit features dramatic purple-black shoulders with an olive-purple underside.

The deep coloring comes from the presence of anthocyanin pigments &ndash healthy antioxidants that make for a tasty, guilt-free snack.

The high-yielding plants produce one-and-a-half-inch fruits with a pronounced, balanced taste and meaty texture that are ideal for salads and the grill.

The vines grow 72 to 84 inches and fruit can be harvested in 65 to 70 days.

10. Mirabelle Blanche (Heirloom)

The pretty one-inch globes of &lsquoMirabelle Blanche&rsquo ripen to a translucent pale yellow with a hint of blush pink, and grow in massive clusters.

Fruits have a unique, sweet flavor with a nice acidic bite that makes them ideal for dehydrating, salads, or the grill.

An open-pollinated heirloom variety, the seeds can be successfully stored for propagation.

Plants reach a height of 40 to 48 inches and mature in 75 to 80 days.

11. Orange Sunsugar (Hybrid)

One of the sweetest cherries available, the orange one-inch fruits of &lsquoOrange Sunsugar&rsquo glow like mini setting suns on vigorous, hearty vines.

Highly nutritious with a high vitamin A content, the fruit is thin skinned but with excellent crack resistance. They&rsquore also resistant to fusarium wilt and tobacco mosaic virus.

The robust vines are large, growing 84 to 108 inches, and require caging for support. Fruits mature in 62 days.

12. Power Pops (Hybrid)

Sweet and flavorful, &lsquoPower Pops&rsquo produce bright red one-inch fruits that ripen two weeks before other cherry types.

Part of Burpee&rsquos Boost Collection of veggies, plants are bred for higher levels of antioxidants &ndash with 40 percent more carotenoids and 55 percent more lycopene than your typical commercial tomato.

This cultivar grows only nine to 12 inches high but has a full, cascading habit that makes it a natural in patio pots and hanging baskets.

And fruits ripen in only 45 days, making it a good choice for gardeners with short summer growing seasons.

13. Sunchocola (Hybrid)

&lsquoSunchocola&rsquo has juicy one-inch fruits in a gorgeous, deep brick red with a full flavor that&rsquos both smoky and sweet.

A productive plant, it sets large clusters of fruit all summer.

Tasty fresh off the vine or roasted on the grill, they also make a good choice for sun drying or dehydrating.

Fruits ripen in 67 days on plants that grow to 70 inches and are resistant to mosaic virus. Cages or trellises are required for support.

14. Sungold (Hybrid)

One of the most popular cherries, &lsquoSungold&rsquo has tangerine-orange fruits with firm flesh that form in long, hefty clusters on highly prolific vines that set until fall.

The one-inch globes have a delicious, sweetly tropical taste.

Scrumptious fresh off the vine, on the grill, and in salads, fruits ripen in 57 days.

Plants grow 48 to 60 inches and are resistant to fusarium wilt, nematodes, tobacco mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt. Caging or staking is required.

15. Supersweet 100 (Hybrid)

Sweet and flavorful with a long season, &lsquoSupersweet 100&rsquo bears long, large clusters of bright red one-inch fruits all through summer and into fall.

A sweet favorite for the grill, salsa, salads, and snacks, this prolific plant can reach 90 to 144 inches and requires sturdy caging &ndash vines will grow up and over the top and back down the other side.

It&rsquos resistant to fusarium wilt, nematodes, and verticillium wilt. Fruits mature in 65 days and are perfect for drying, snacks, salads, and even juice.

16. Sweetie (Organic Heirloom)

A flavorful favorite thanks to its high sugar content, &lsquoSweetie&rsquo produces large clusters of fruit early and abundantly over a long season.

The one to two-inch globes are very sweet and can be used for juice and preserves without any additional sugar.

Delectable as a snack straight off the vine, on the grill, in juice, and in preserves, fruits mature in 65 to 70 days.

Plants require support, and seeds may be collected in late summer.

Naturally resistant to stem canker, the vines grow 48 to 60 inches. Purchase seeds at Burpee.

17. Yellow Pear (Heirloom)

An old-fashioned garden favorite, &lsquoYellow Pear&rsquo is highly productive and features one to two-inch bright yellow fruits.

With a mild, sweet flavor, the fruits are shaped like pears and appear in abundance throughout the summer.

The fruits ripen in 80 days and are delicious fresh, on the grill, or made into preserves. The long vines grow up to 90 inches and require cages or stakes for support.

Seeds can be collected and stored for propagation.


Baked Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

In the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen that time-lapse video of a block of feta roasted in a pan of cherry tomatoes melting into gooey cheesy pasta sauciness. I know I have and I wanted it pretty much the moment I saw it. In the last week, I’ve seen vegan versions, versions with burrata, ones that are used as a dip (which is actually a yum idea), and a hundred takes on the original that gained popularity after MacKenzie Smith broke the internet with her recipe. I decided to try it for myself (and you all) to see if it’s worth the rage.

While I save sixty-second cooking videos on Instagram with reckless abandon, I rarely actually try them. I will forever consider the baked feta pasta trend to be the trend of all food trends because I’ve never felt so compelled to mount my phone above my stove and make a video of myself cooking anything and suddenly I’m filming myself nesting feta into tomatoes like the rest of the web. To my surprise, this dish was actually very satisfying to make and more so to eat. The feta melts into the juices of the blistered cherry tomatoes and olive oil after browning and melting in the oven, and the lemony tangy bite you commonly find in feta makes this dish less rich than most cheese-based pastas, meaning you can eat even more. And who doesn’t love seconds?

Oh, and it is all made in one pan in the oven. Just put it all in the pot, put said pot in the oven, mix it up with some cooked pasta and you’ve got dinner that you can Instagram just like me and everybody else. Check out our recipe for Baked Feta Tomato Pasta below, and check back as we bring you our favorite takes on trending recipes in The Pantry newsletter.


Easy Cherry Tomato Salsa.

Even though summer is wrapping up here, I have a summery recipe to share today. Our garden is winding down, but we still had a ton of cherry tomatoes that we picked the other day.

We’ve been enjoying salsa all through the summer, and since I knew I was going to make it one last time, I thought I would share this cherry tomato salsa with you.

This is a fresh salsa, and it’s deliciously simple, and it’s allergy friendly, too!

Cherry tomato salsa is so easy to make, and you can customize it according to your tastes. If you want to add more garlic, you can do that. Use a sweet onion, or a red onion, or you could even try green onions.

If you want it to be spicy, add some jalapeno pepper. We don’t use any jalapeno, because we have kiddos that don’t like things too spicy.

If you have yellow or orange cherry tomatoes, you can use those, too!

You really can’t mess this salsa up – the ingredients are simple, and it makes a colorful, fresh salsa.


Recipe Summary

  • 1 pound, 6 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together tomatoes and garlic in a nonreactive 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Whisk together oil, vinegar, thyme, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl. Drizzle over tomato mixture.

Bake until tomatoes are softened and caramelized, about 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature. Sauce can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days let cool before storing.


Cherry and Grape Tomato Recipes

Felix Odell

Small but packed with flavor, candy-sweet cherry and grape tomatoes are some of our favorite farmers’ market finds in the summer. They add a pop of color and flavor to all sorts of dishes, from salads, to pastas, to sauces. We’ve rounded up our favorite grape and cherry tomato recipes.

Cherry and grape tomatoes often act as supporting characters, but sometimes they get to star. This is certainly true in our herbed tomato tart, in which the tomatoes are cooked until blistered with anchovies on a puff pastry base and topped with fragrant parsley, chives, and oregano.

Tomatoes and cheese are a perfect pairing to top crostini for a summer hors d’ouevre. For a simple summer crostini, try lightly broiled cherry tomatoes and ricotta. To make a sweet, jammy compote that you can preserve for the winter, match cherry tomatoes with vanilla bean. It’s perfect with a triple cream goat cheese.

Raw cherry or grape tomatoes add beautiful color to summer salads. Add them to our red leaf salad with an herb-laced yogurt ranch dressing or toss them with garlicky toasted bread cubes, olive oil, vinegar, and basil to make a summery panzanella.

Similarly, tomatoes add a pop to pasta dishes like a classic spaghetti alla primavera or spaghetti with garlic scapes and arugula. Cooking the tomatoes just until the start of burst intensifies their sweetness while preserving some of their texture.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of cherry tomato recipes.

Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes

Chimichurri and a tomato-onion salad are perfect for offsetting the richness of creamy polenta. Get the recipe for Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes »

Lao Tomato Dip

Penn Hongthong, the author of Simple Laotian Cooking (Hippocrene, 2003), taught us that charring the vegetables for this dip is the secret to its smoky flavor.

Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler

Cherries and cherry tomatoes bake down together into a savory-sweet layer under a sweet biscuit topping in this recipe from chef Amanda Cohen. Get the recipe for Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler »

Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette

Tacolicious owner Sara Deseran first discovered this smoky salad, from Neil Fraser of LA’s Redbird, while cooking at the annual Sabores San Miguel festival in Mexico. The trick to getting tender, flavorful octopus is boiling it first, then marinating and grilling it.

Caprese Salad

A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for Caprese Salad »

Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing

Light, tangy yogurt replaces rich mayonnaise in the herb-laced dressing for this salad. Spaghetti primavera Todd Coleman

Summer Panzanella

Sweet, ripe, summer tomatoes dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and basil are tossed with garlicky, toasted bread cubes to soak up the delicious juices in this classic Italian salad. Get the recipe for Summer Panzanella »

Grape Salsa

Juicy red grapes are the star of a sweet and lightly spicy fresh salsa made with cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and honey.

Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Roasting garlic scapes with tomatoes and red onion sweetens them and enriches their flavor toss them with pasta, lemon juice, and arugula for a simple summer meal. Get the recipe for Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta »

Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes

Ripe cherry tomatoes add sweetness to crostini topped with fresh ricotta.

Shish Kebab

This lamb kebab is adapted from a recipe in Anissa Helou’s Mediterranean Street Food. Get the recipe for Shish Kebab »

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori)

A bright and simple salad adds fresh contrast to fried strips of pizza dough.

Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche

A rich, bright pesto offsets peppery arugula in this creamy quiche.

Grilled Herb-Marinated Entrecôte of Lamb with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Succulent lamb entrecôte, a well-marbled boneless cut from the sirloin, is blanketed in a marinade of garlic, fresh marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and sage, which caramelize to form a flavorful crust as the lamb grills.

Farmer’s Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

This salad is topped with a bright thick sweet-tart pickled beet dressing. Get the recipe for Farmer’s Salad with Beet Vinaigrette »

Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce

Fresh summer tomatoes and juicy fish filets come together in an easy, one-skillet meal. It calls for only four ingredients, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil

Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil

Roasted Sunchokes with Thyme, Grape Tomatoes, and Lemon

Sweet, nutty roasted sunchokes pair perfectly with the bright flavor of grape tomatoes.

Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula

Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula

Lobster Américaine with Asparagus and Tomatoes

The tomato-wine sauce for this light lobster dish gets depth of flavor from the addition of the lobster’s tomalley.

Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)

Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)

Cherry Tomato-Vanilla Bean Preserves

This jammy tomato compote is perfect paired with a triple cream goat cheese or with firm white-fleshed fish dishes. Floral vanilla bean brings out the musky qualities of cherry tomatoes. It is best made with ripe tomatoes at the height of summer.

Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette

Roasting cherry tomatoes in an oven brings out their natural sweetness salty salami is a perfect counterpoint. Get the recipe for Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette »


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