These Cherry Tomato Recipes Are Popping With Summer Flavor

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The Best Ways to Use a Pint of Cherry TomatoesCaitlin Bensel

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Every summer we relish in the natural sweetness of our favorite tomato recipes like classic Caprese salad, pico de gallo, and tomato pie to name a few. But while many of these recipes put big beefsteak tomatoes or even plum tomatoes to good use, we can't forget about another type of tomato that's tiny yet sweet. Of course, we're talking about cherry tomatoes—or as some people like to call them "nature's candy!" That's because you can simply pop these beauties in your mouth for a sweet and healthy snack. Then again, there are so many cherry tomato recipes worth trying. Whether you toss them into a salad, roast them for pasta recipes, or pair them with other veggies for an easy side, this list has tons of ways to use cherry tomatoes.

The best time of year to find cherry tomatoes is in the heat of summer, when they're often grown in backyard gardens. It's also the perfect time of year to make Ree Drummond's tomato tart. "When your garden is overflowing with little cherry tomatoes, this a great recipe to pull out of your back pocket," she says about the summery dish. But you can also find cherry tomatoes at grocery stores all year round! That means you have plenty of time to try out the cherry tomato recipes on the list ahead. Looking for more ways to use tomatoes? Try our sun-dried tomato recipes for even more tomato flavor.

Caprese Pasta Salad

This twist on a classic Caprese salad is made with twisty noodles and bite-sized ingredients like sweet cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls, that are easy to eat in one bite. It's perfect for a summer potluck.

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Caitlin Bensel

Tomato Tart

This beautiful tart layered with caramelized onions, melty cheese, and juicy tomatoes is as tasty as it is impressive. Luckily, it's easy to make thanks to store-bought crust.

Get Ree's Tomato Tart recipe.

tomato tart
Caitlin Bensel

Feta Pasta

This viral recipe is just as much about the bursting cherry tomatoes as it is about the creamy feta cheese. Both come together to create a crave-worthy sauce for the pasta.

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feta pasta
Caitlin Bensel

Chickpea Salad

This salad is chock full of chopped veggies, including tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and peppers. It's a great way to use up your farmers' market haul.

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chickpea salad
Caitlin Bensel

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow roasting your cherry tomatoes with garlic and fresh thyme will completely transform them into something entirely new. They become jammy and sweet—perfect for tossing with pasta or spreading onto bruschetta toasts.

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Caitlin Bensel


This Southern side dish is a celebration of all things summer including cherry tomatoes, lima beans, bell peppers, and fresh corn. It's perfect for serving alongside chicken, fish, or even pork.

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Caitlin Bensel

Grilled Veggie Skewers

Marinating your veggie skewers is a great way to pack in even more flavor. Here, we've opted for the tangy-sweet flavors of balsamic vinaigrette. You can also serve them with extra balsamic for drizzling.

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grilled veggie skewers
C.W. Newell

Couscous Salad

Fluffy couscous is the base for this potluck-ready salad. But the bright mix-ins are what makes it even more fun. Look for multi-colored cherry tomatoes to bring even more color to the table.

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couscous salad
Caitlin Bensel

Caprese Frittata

A good drizzle of pesto will make this summery frittata sing! That's because the herby basil spread pairs perfectly with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

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caprese frittata
David Malosh

Chicken Parm Salad

For a light version of chicken parmesan, try this fresh salad made with all the same ingredients. We're talking breaded chicken, juicy tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.

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chicken parm salad
Ryan Liebe

Greek Pasta Salad

If you love a fresh Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta, then you'll absolutely adore this pasta salad version. It even has flavorful herbs and a zesty lemon dressing to tie it all together.

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greek pasta salad
Will Dickey

Avocado Toast with Roasted Tomatoes

Step up your brunch game with this fun avocado toast that's piled high with jammy roasted tomatoes and crispy bacon. Some mixed sprouts and radish slices will add a touch of freshness.

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avocado toast roasted tomatoes
Ryan Liebe

Sheet Pan Gnocchi

Sheet pan dinners are one of the easiest things you can make during the week. Even the gnocchi cooks up with the roasted veggies. That means less to clean up at the end of the night!

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sheet pan gnocchi
Caitlin Bensel

Chipotle Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is tangy, colorful, and just a little bit spicy. But best of all, you can make it ahead.

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Con Poulos


Swap out the grape tomatoes for cherry tomatoes in this classic party appetizer. When piled onto toasted bread slices (with lots of fresh basil), it's always a hit.

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Rigatoni with Pesto Cream Sauce

The combination of herby pesto and cherry tomatoes is a match made in summer heaven! Add a bit of heavy cream to the sauce and you'll have a luscious dinner that you'll want to make again and again.

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rigatoni with pesto cream sauce
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Burrata Salad

This elevated take on a classic Caprese swaps the mozzarella for an ultra-creamy burrata instead. You can use multi-colored cherry tomatoes or any tomato that's ripe and fresh.

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burrata salad
Caitlin Bensel

Caprese Chicken Pasta

It doesn't get easier than this chicken and pasta recipe. The whole thing, including the crispy breadcrumb topping, comes together in just 25 minutes!

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chicken caprese pasta
Ralph Smith

Beef-Vegetable Skewers

This 30-minute meal is the perfection combination of meat and veggies. It layers hearty grilled beef with colorful summer produce, like cherry tomatoes, onions, and zucchini.

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beef vegetable kebabs
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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This colorful orzo salad is ready for potlucks, picnics, cookouts, and more. It's pretty much a go-to when it comes to make-ahead dishes.

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mediterranean orzo salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Angel Hair Pasta

This pasta recipe keeps things light with a no-cook marinated tomato sauce and delicate angel hair noodles. Just swap the grape tomatoes for cherries and top it with lots of fresh herbs.

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angel hair pasta
Will Dickey

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