Celebrate Summer with These Cherry Tomato Recipes

saltines with basil mayo and burst tomatoes
38 Delicious Cherry Tomato Recipes to TryBecky Luigart-Stayner

Whether you're buying them from the farmers' market or pulling them out of your garden, there's nothing like tomatoes in the summer—and cherry tomatoes are no exception!

While you can find 'em in the supermarket all year long, it's in the summer when they're the sweetest, and most flavorful. And if you're growing your own, it's when they're most abundant, too!

In fact, when the tomatoes start getting ripe, we sometimes have a hard time keeping up. That's when we start turning to these recipe in earnest.

The freshest ones go straight into salads and appetizers. The ones that are just a touch soft, we end up cooking with. Maybe we'll put some in a breakfast frittata, or cook them with chicken, or thread a few onto kabob sticks and grill them.

And when we have far too many, and aren't sure how to use them all before they go bad? Well, we start making them into spicy jams, which will keep a few weeks in the fridge (or longer in the pantry, if you're up for a canning session).

If you're "suffering" from too-many-cherry-tomatoes syndrome, then these recipes are here to help! You can be sure that they're all easy to follow and as tasty as can be.

Growing Your Own? Let Us Help:

Spicy Tomato Jam

This is our go-to recipe whenever we have too many tomatoes. And you can easily combine all kinds of tomato, from cherry to heirloom, into the recipe.

Get the recipe for Spicy Tomato Jam.

spicy tomato jam
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Heirloom Tomato Salad

When tomatoes are at their tastiest, it's best to keep things simple, with just ripe tomatoes and a smart vinaigrette.

Get the recipe for Heirloom Tomato Salad.

heirloom tomato salad
mike garten

Tofu, Tomato, and Zucchini Kebabs

Hot off the grill, cherry tomatoes are smoky and delicious. They cook quickly, which is why we like to pair them with tofu and zucchini—two other ingredients that don't need long to cook.

Get the recipe for Tofu, Tomato, and Zucchini Kebabs.

tofu, tomato, and zucchini kebabs
Hector M. Sanchez

Saltines with Basil Mayo and Burst Tomatoes

Roasted in the oven, cherry tomatoes turn terrifically sweet. To highlight their flavor, this simple snack pairs them with just a couple ingredients.

Get the recipe for Saltines with Basil Mayo and Burst Tomatoes.

saltines with basil mayo and burst tomatoes
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Simple Locally Grown Green Salad

One of our favorite summer foods is a garden-fresh salad! It just wouldn't be complete without cherry tomatoes.

Get the recipe for Simple Locally Grown Green Salad.

simple locally grown green salad
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Salad

If you haven't tried it, you might not believe how good watermelon and tomato taste together. But it's a combo that's well worth the experiment.

Get the recipe for Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Salad.

watermelon tomato feta salad
Brian Woodcock

Salade Niçoise

This classic French picnic salad is just packed with veggies—as well as tuna and jammy eggs. But it wouldn't be the same without halved cherry tomatoes.

Get the recipe for Salade Niçoise.

a plate of salade niçoise on a blanket with a fork and a napkin
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Caprese Pasta Salad

We love a good caprese salad—that simple combo of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, dressed in oil. This pasta salad version uses baby mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes. It's picnic perfect!

Get the recipe for Caprese Pasta Salad.

caprese pasta salad
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Cobb Salad

Who doesn't love a Cobb salad for dinner? Getting a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket makes it a no-cook affair.

Get the recipe for Cobb Salad.

cobb salad recipe
Ian Palmer

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smoky Chickpeas

Roasted chicken thighs are such a tasty, and easy weeknight meal. Nestle some cherry tomatoes and chickpeas in there, and you've got a whole meal from one pan.

Get the recipe for Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smoky Chickpeas.

crispy chicken thighs with smoky chickpeas
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Tomato & Fresh Basil Frittata

This eggy breakfast bake is our go-to dish to make when guests are staying over from out of town.

Get the recipe for Tomato & Fresh Basil Frittata.

tomato fresh basil frittata
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Greek Chicken with Tomato-and-Rice Salad

Here's a light, fresh, easy dinner that has it all: It's easy to make, tastes delicious, and won't slow you down!

Get the recipe for Greek Chicken with Tomato-and-Rice Salad.

greek chicken with tomato and rice salad

This chicken dish is a great weeknight meal that's sure to please.

Recipe: Greek Chicken with Tomato-and-Rice Salad

Brian Woodcock

Asparagus, Peas, and Tomatoes with Herb Butter

Sautéed lightly in olive oil and garlic then served with homemade herb butter, this three-veggie combo is the perfect side.

Get the recipe for Asparagus, Peas, and Tomatoes with Herb Butter.

asparagus peas and tomatoes with herb butter
Photograph by Andrew Purcell

Fresh Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Pack up this summer salad and take it to your next potluck picnic. You'll be bringing home an empty container, guaranteed.

Get the recipe for Fresh Black-Eyed Peas Salad.

fresh blackeyed peas salad
Brian Woodcock

Bacon Lettuce Cups

These cute little BLT appetizers are great for summer hosting!

Get the recipe for Bacon Lettuce Cups.

bacon lettuce cups on a platter on a table
Brian Woodcock

Italian Potato Wedge Nachos

Want an easy sheet-pan dinner that is sure to satisfy? These tater nachos are the thing! Sweet roasted cherry tomatoes give it a tang that'll cut through all that cheese and starch!

Get the recipe for Italian Potato Wedge Nachos.

italian potato wedge nachos on a sheet tray and topped with fresh parsley leaves
Brian Woodcock

Blistered Bean Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Sautéed beans, smoky bacon, and tomatoes form the base for a summer salad worth savoring!

Get the recipe for Blistered Bean Salad with Buttermilk Dressing.

blistered bean salad with buttermilk dressing
Blistered Bean Salad with Buttermilk DressingCon Poulos; Prop Styling by Heather Bullard; Food Styling by Khalil Hymore

Roasted Chicken with Fennel and Tomatoes

It's hard to overstate just how tasty a combo roast chicken and roasted tomatoes are. Cherry tomatoes are perfect for roasting, too, as they hold their shape better.

Be careful biting into a hot one, though! Let 'em cool a little.

Get the recipe for Roasted Chicken with Fennel and Tomatoes.

roasted chicken with tomatoes and fennel
Brian Woodcock

Seared Grouper with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Sauté

Grouper is a rich, savory fish, and it goes very well with this succotash-like veggie mix.

Get the recipe for Seared Grouper with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Sauté.

seared grouper
Romulo Yanes

Grilled Succotash

When corn and tomatoes are in season, make a big batch of succotash and then serve it as a side dish all week long!

Get the recipe for Grilled Succotash.

grilled succotash in a yellow enamel serving bowl with a vintage metal serving spoon
Romulo Yanes

Radish Salad

This salad flips the script on most green salads by skipping most of the greens entirely!

Get the recipe for Radish Salad.

a bowl of radish salad with greens and tomatoes on a white plate
Romulo Yanes

Kale and Chicken Pita Salad

This Mediterranean dinner is flavorful and filling, while still being light!

Get the recipe for Kale and Chicken Pita Salad.

kale and chicken pita salad on a plate
Brian Woodcock

Crispy Okra and Tomato Salad

If your only experience of okra is in stews or gumbo, then it's time to try them a little different. Sliced lengthwise and fried until crispy, they offer a crunch and flavor that pairs well with a combo of tomatoes, spices, and yogurt.

Get the recipe for Crispy Okra and Tomato Salad.

crispy okra and tomato salad
Emily Dorio

BLT Potato Salad

We took the world's best sandwich and turned it into a potato salad that is sure to go fast at your next picnic.

Get the recipe for BLT Potato Salad.

blt potato salad
William Dickey - Hearst Owned

Broccoli Steaks with Spiced Tomato Jam

Here, a handful of cherry tomatoes turn into a quick jam that takes these slabs of pan-fried broccoli to the next level, flavor-wise.

Get the recipe for Broccoli Steaks with Spiced Tomato Jam.

broccoli steaks with spiced tomato jam
Hector M. Sanchez

California Roasted Broccolini and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza

Topped with fresh veggies, California-style pizza is a whole different thing. But the cherry tomatoes keep this pizza both familiar and fresh.

Get the recipe for California Pizza.

california roasted broccolini and fresh mozzarella pizza
Brian Woodcock

Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette

These all-veggie kebabs may be vegan-friendly, but they're tasty enough that you may want to make a few to satisfy your meat-eating friends' curiosity as well.

Get the recipe for Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette.

cherry tomato pepper and summer squash kebabs on a tray with a small bowl of lemon scallion vinaigrette
David Tsay

Summer Orzo with Shrimp

This summery pasta dinner has tons and tons of flavor. Best part? It's delicious hot or cold.

Get the recipe for Summer Orzo with Shrimp.

a couple plates of summer orzo with shrimp
Andrew Purcell

Chicken Tortellini Soup

This summery soup gets a lot from the cherry tomatoes, which keep the broth bright.

Get the recipe for Chicken Tortellini Soup.

two bowls of chicken tortellini soup on a green striped tablecloth
Ryan Liebe

Bruschetta with Strawberries and Tomatoes

Sweet and tangy, fresh strawberries and cherry tomatoes are a surprisingly good combination.

Get the recipe for Bruschetta with Strawberries and Tomatoes.

a group of cookies
Anson Smart

Tomato-Cheddar Strata with Broccoli

This breakfast bake is an excellent Sunday morning brunch dish. And the leftovers are just as good, cold or warm, the next day.

Get the recipe for Tomato-Cheddar Strata with Broccoli.

a casserole dish of tomato cheddar strata with broccoli on a table with a hand reaching in to take a slice using an old fashioned spatula
Quentin Bacon

Bell Peppers with Summer Vegetables

Try this twist on the classic stuffed pepper. With fresh veggies and cheese, they're hard to stop eating.

Get the recipe for Bell Peppers with Summer Vegetables.

baked bell beppers stuffed with summer vegetables and cheese on a platter
Ann Stratton

Farro-and-Tomato Salad with Crispy Capers

Honestly, the crispy capers are what take this grain salad over the top, but it wouldn't be nearly as good without those cherry tomatoes.

Get the recipe for Farro-and-Tomato Salad with Crispy Capers.

farro and tomato salad with crispy capers recipe
Brian Woodcock

Tomato-Shallot Spread

This quick spread is delicious with whipped feta on homemade crackers.

Get the recipe for Tomato-Shallot Spread.

tomato shallot spread with a big cracker and ricotta cheese
Mary Britton Senseney

Tri-Tomato Salad

This big-batch salad recipe is great for a huge garden haul! You can serve it cold, as a side, or pair it with fresh pasta and cheese for a simple dinner.

Get the recipe for Tri-Tomato Salad.

a bowl of tri tomato salad with pasta and cheese
David Prince

Broccolini Pasta Salad

This picnic-ready side dish can complement almost any cookout.

Get the recipe for Broccolini Pasta Salad.

broccolini pasta salad
Brian Woodcock

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes

Don't skip the fresh ricotta if you make this simple dinner. It's what turns the dish from ho-hum into hoo-boy that's good!

Get the recipe for Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes.

whole wheat spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and ricotta cheese on a white plate
Ellen Silverman

Heirloom-Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese

A wide variety of tomatoes, along with just a sprinkling of strong blue cheese, give this powerhouse salad plenty of flavor.

Get the recipe for Heirloom-Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese.

heirloom tomato salad with blue cheese
John Kernick

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