Cherry tomatoes are healthy, juicy, versatile, and easy to cook, and with these 30 cherry tomato recipes, you won’t run out of ideas.

Take your pick from these salads, pasta, panfried meals, stuffed veggies, and appetizer ideas.

Cherry tomato recipes with appetizers and mains

There are endless ways to cook and eat cherry tomatoes. For example, have you ever tried sweet and tender confit tomatoes, juicy sautèed tomatoes, marinated or purèed? Now is your chance.

Technically a fruit, but nutritionally cherry tomatoes are considered a vegetable.

The best season for enjoying cherry tomatoes is summer and autumn, when they are at their sweetest and juiciest.

With the seasonality details established, let’s dig into these 30 easy and healthy cherry tomato recipes.

No cooking needed

Whether it is hot temperatures outside or running out of time, these quick recipes can help.

Cherry tomatoes are tasty when fresh and added to bread and salads. Here are our best nocooking cherry tomato recipes.

1. Tomato salad

We start this list with one of the easiest ways to prepare and eat cherry tomatoes: tomato basil salad.

Heirloom tomatoes and yellow and black pear cherry tomatoes make a beautiful red summer salad.

mixed tomato salad recipe

2. Chickpea salad

Cherry tomatoes are a great pairing with legumes and pulses.

Next on our list is a 15-minute chickpea salad. It’s a reader favorite with creamy dressing, crunchy cucumber, and juicy cherry tomato.

chickpea salad in a bowl

3. Italian Panzanella

Reduce food waste and use your stale bread leftovers with our Italian bread salad.

San Marzano tomatoes and sunchocola cherry tomatoes give this salad a sweet and juicy bite.

panzanella salad in a serving bowl

4. Greek salad

Super sweet cherry tomatoes pair well with salty feta and plant-based feta.

Add cucumber, oregano dressing, and red onions; your new favorite summer lunch is ready.

Greek cucumber salad with tangy dressing

5. Bruschetta

Tomato bruschetta is probably our favorite appetizer.

Fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, garlic, toasted bread, and olive oil are a winning combination.

Bruschetta on a white platter

6. Quick side salad

Every time we eat pasta, soup, and pizza, we make this 5minute side salad with fresh greens.

It’s a great way to use up (and jazz up) leftover cherry tomatoes.

simple side salad in a bowl

7. Avocado salad

Add healthy fats and plantbased protein to your salad with avocado, crispy chickpeas, and black olives.

The acidity of the cherry tomatoes complements the creamy avocado perfectly.

Avocado salad with chickpeas and olives

8. Zucchini salad

A salad to impress and great for barbecue nights, putlocks, and cookouts.

Zucchini ribbons, lemon marinade, fresh mint, and cherry tomatoes make a beautiful and wholesome raw salad.

zucchini salad on a serving platter

9. Cucumber tomato salad

One of our most popular salads is this cucumber cherry tomato salad with fresh herbs.

Pair this salad with any meal for a refreshing and vitaminpacked side dish.

tomato salad with cucumber

10. Artichoke salad platter

No cooking is required with this spring salad.

Mix and style arugula, cherry tomatoes, jarred artichokes, olives, and Italian dressing for a healthy appetizer and side dish.

Artichoke Salad with basic ingredients

20-minute cherry tomato meals

Have you got 20 minutes? Then we have easy and delicious weeknight dinner ideas for you. All of them are served with wholesome plantbased protein and packed with flavor.

11. Mushroom pasta

Garlicinfused cherry tomatoes and sautèed mushrooms are an excellent pairing with al dente pasta.

Try this plant-based pasta for a familyfriendly and healthy dinner.

vegan mushroom pasta with cherry tomatoes and parsley

12. Tofu salad

Fried tofu, tahini sauce, and fresh veggies are a colorful and nutrientdense mix.

This tofu salad is a great way to use leftover cherry tomatoes and cucumber in a delicious manner.

Tofu salad with tahini dressing

13. Spaghetti Pomodoro

This 20-minute Italian spaghetti is a favorite among kids and picky adults.

Pan-fry cherry tomatoes with garlic and simmer with canned tomatoes for a wellrounded flavor.

tomato basil pasta or spaghetti al pomodoro with shaved parmesan

14. Chickpea pasta salad

Meal planning just got a little easier with this chickpea pasta salad.

Use fresh veggies, mustard dressing, chickpeas, and al dente pasta for a wholefood lunchbox idea.

chickpea pasta salad in a bowl

15. Sautèed eggplant

Cherry tomato and eggplant are a match made in heaven.

Add garlic and fresh basil; you’ll have a perfect pasta sauce and bruschetta topping.

sautéed eggplant in a bowl

16. Quinoa chickpea salad

Our chickpea quinoa salad is an easy and tasty meal that you can make in about 20 minutes with fresh veggies, chickpeas, and grains.

We often make a big batch, and it feeds us for days – breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Quinoa chickpea salad with fork

17. Spaghetti salad

Pasta and cherry tomatoes work very well together, whether served as a cold or warm meal.

Try this fresh spaghetti salad with black olives, lemon, and herbs for a different type of pasta salad.

Spaghetti salad with parsley

18. Green bean salad

The mustard dressing in this green bean salad is a winner; it’s a great side dish for summer and autumn. 

Vegans can easily replace feta with toasted pine nuts, which makes it suitable for all eaters.

vegan green bean salad with nuts

19. Cherry tomato pasta

The recipe showcases the creativity and simplicity of Italian food. 

The ingredients are easy to find: pastacherry tomatoesolive oilgarlicbasil, and parmesan cheese.

cherry tomato pasta in a bowl

20. Cauliflower tahini bowl

This is our favorite way of making a salad with cauliflower.

You will enjoy a creamy, tasty, tahinicovered, vitamin-rich bowl of veggies with red cherry tomatoes for a juicy and sweet addition.

cauliflower salad with tahini and tomatoes

21. Pesto pasta salad

To make this pesto pasta salad, you can use storebought or homemade basil pesto. We show you how to make the classic Italian one and then give you a non-dairy alternative.

Pesto pasta salad with pine nuts

30+ minute cherry tomato recipes

Whether you are looking for your next Sunday dinner, special meal, or pasta night inspiration, these 30+ minute recipes can help.

We use a mix of tasty toppings and sauces, healthy protein, and fresh herbs to make these meals extra flavorful.

22. Baked and steamed tofu

You’ve never had tofu like this before.

Topped with cherry tomatoes, olives, garlic, and lemon, these tofu servings are a Mediterranean and proteinrich dinner idea.

baked tofu like vegan fish

23. Eggplant pizza

Calorielight and rich in flavor and fiber, this eggplant pizza is great party food.

Make this healthypizza” with a topping of diced cherry tomatoes marinated in olive oil, basil, and garlic.

eggplant pizza with fresh tomatoes

24. Tomato confit

Cherry tomatoes are particularly suitable to be made confit.

Roast them slowly, at a low temperature, and it will boost their flavor while making them incredibly juicy and tender.

Confit tomatoes with garlic in a round tray

25. Lentil pasta

Lentil pasta, or pasta with lentils, is a traditional Italian recipe that has been around for hundreds of years.

It’s a creamy and naturally plantbased recipe with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs; a must-try for any tomato lover.

pasta and lentils

26. Stuffed eggplant

Try these stuffed eggplants with avocado spread, crunchy chickpeas, and fresh cherry tomatoes.

It’s a vegan and vegetarianfriendly dinner idea for the whole family.

air fryer chickpeas on stuffed roasted eggplant

27. Focaccia bread

Try something new and delicious, and make this rustic focaccia topped with cherry tomatoes, sage, onion, and salt.

Cherry tomatoes, releasing their liquid during cooking, create that “gooey” texture which, in a crunchy crust, is perfect.

focaccia with tomato

28. Eggplant soup

Another delicious combination of cherry tomatoes and eggplant; charred eggplant soup.

We roast eggplant, and cherry tomatoes in the oven for a sweet, caramelized, and smoky flavor.

eggplant soup with homemade croutons

29. Tomato risotto

This tomato risotto is creamy and irresistible.

Make it with canned or bottled tomato puree or with fresh cherry tomatoes for a rustic Italian flavor.

tomato risotto

30. Farro salad

For this healthy serving of grains, we use bell peppercucumbercherry tomatoes, cornblack olives, and red onion.

Mix with chickpeas and drizzle with a mustard dressing for a lunchboxfriendly meal.

farro salad on a serving platter

White bean pasta salad

This Italian pasta salad is a light and crunchy bowtie pasta bowl.

We like cherry tomatoes as they add sweetness and crunch, and they’re a great pairing with white beans.

Italian pasta salad with Italian dressing

What to serve with cherry tomatoes

How to store cherry tomato recipes

Fresh cherry tomato

Make ahead: for best results, fresh raw cherry tomato recipes should be made 1.5 hours before serving time, then stored in the fridge in the vegetable zone for about 45 minutes to let the flavors come together, and then let out at room temperature for another 30 to 45 minutes before serving.

Refrigerator: we recommend storing salads and grain bowls in the refrigerator in the refrigerator in the refrigerator in the refrigerator in the refrigerator in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Once out of the fridge, leave it at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Cooked cherry tomato

Make ahead: you can make pasta, soup, and sautèed recipes ahead and use them for meal prep as they keep well in the fridge.

Refrigerator: store cooked cherry tomato recipes in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Heat in a pan or microwave.

It’s essential that you refer to each recipe for exact storage guidance.

stuffed eggplants with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and pesto

For many more side dish ideas, check out our sides category page.

Cherry tomato recipes

30 Easy Cherry Tomato Recipes

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
Take your pick from these 30 cherry tomato recipes including salads, pasta, panfried meals, stuffed veggies, and appetizer ideas.
Tomato confit is slow-roasted tomatoes in the oven with olive oil, garlic, a pinch of sugar, and dried or fresh herbs.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Course: Appetizer, Side dish, Snack
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces cherry tomatoes or other small tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano or thyme

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F or 150°C. Prep your baking tray; you can use any as long as it fits all the tomatoes without overlapping. We use a quarter sheet pan.
    Rinse the tomatoes, cut them in half, and arrange them on a single layer without overlapping and facing up.
    cherry tomatoes in a tray
  • To a small bowl, add grated garlic, salt, dried oregano, sugar, and extra virgin olive oil.
    With a teaspoon, top each tomato with the mixture.
    Each tomato must get a bit of everything to make every bite as delicious as the next.
    tomato confit just baked
  • Slow roast in the oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes at 300°F or 150°C.
    Confit tomatoes in a tray
  • They should be completely soft and juicy.
    confit tomatoes soft and juicy

Video

Confit Tomatoes (slow roasted, juicy, easy to prep)

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 serving of tomato confit out of 10 servings.
MAKE AHEAD & STORAGE
– Make ahead: confit tomato is an excellent recipe to make ahead as they keep well in the fridge for days, and you can enjoy them cold or at room temperature.
– Refrigerator: keep them in the fridge for up to 6 days. To store them, put them in a clean jar and add a little olive oil to keep them moist. Don’t store it longer than that.
– Freezer: We recommend freezing them in small airtight containers if you want to preserve them longer. Let them cool down completely before freezing them for up to 6 months. Then, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Do not freeze multiple times.
– Important: we do not recommend preserving confit tomatoes wholly submerged in oil in a sealed jar for more than six days unless you know exactly what you are doing.
Preserving food in oil, if done incorrectly, can create the right environment for botulism bacteria to grow, which we don’t want to encourage.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 46kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 131mg, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 284IU, Vitamin B6: 0.1mg, Vitamin C: 13mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 6µg, Calcium: 14mg, Folate: 8µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 0.1mg, Magnesium: 6mg, Zinc: 0.1mg
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