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Summer Cherry Tomato Salad

READY in LESS THAN 10 MINUTES!  This BRIGHT, beautiful, flavorful summer cherry tomato salad tastes EXACTLY like summer time!

The BEST PART? Those red jewel toned beauties with the bright green basil can make it feel like summer ANY time of the year! With this Cherry Tomato Salad, YOU’LL be the SUPERSTAR where ever you go!

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Summer Cherry Tomato Salad

Why This Recipe Works…

  • EASY and READY in LESS THAN 1o MINUTES!
  • Basil, Tomato and Balsamic are a Classic Trio!
  • You can find GREAT cherry tomatoes ANY TIME of the year!
  • Any RIPE tomato will work for THIS recipe!

This Is How You Do It…

STEP 1. 

Cut the Cherry Tomatoes in half. 

hand cutting a cherry tomato in half on cutting board. Cherry tomatoes in background

Cut the grape tomatoes in half

STEP 2. 

Add in the basil and the seasonings. 

Summer cherry tomato salad with blue spatula in glass bowl on cutting board

Mix everything together

STEP 3. 

Add the Balsamic Vinegar, Oil and Mix and Enjoy!

A bottle of balsamic vinegar being poured into the salad, blue spatula mixing in clear bowl on cutting board

Adding the good stuff! Vinegar and Olive oil

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What IS a Cherry Tomato Anyway?

A small cherry or grape sized tomato!  They range in size from a very tiny fingernail size all the way up to golfball size! 

What If I Can’t Find Good Cherry Tomatoes?

  • You can use ANY type of tomato in this salad, simply cut into bite sized pieces. 
  • Roma’s work, the larger tomatoes that are about the size of a golf ball work too.
  • The important part is to find a ripe, tasty tomato.

How Long Does This Tomato Salad Last? 

  • This salad will last about 5 days in the refrigerator. 
  • Make sure to keep it cool and put back in the refrigerator after 2 hours.

Can I Freeze This Salad? 

I do not recommend that you freeze this salad.

Are There Substitutions or Additions I Can Make in This Salad? 

SURE!  Any of these make a delicious recipe!

  • Substitute Soy Sauce for the Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Add Goat Cheese to your salad
  • Cucumbers are a natural with tomatoes, add some of those! 
  • For a more marinated taste, allow the salad to sit in the fridge for an hour.
  • Add some olives for a Tuscan feel. 
  • Marinated Mozzarella Balls are delightful with this salad.
  • Red Onions make a beautiful addition!
  • A touch of Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar can be substituted for the Balsamic!
  • Add a touch of roasted garlic. Wow! Delicious!

What Can I Serve with Cherry Tomato Salad? 

Because this is such a lite dish, we find that it works well with..

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Tips and Tricks for  Summer Cherry Tomato Salad

  • Any tomato works, just cut into bite sized pieces..
  • Cutting the cherry tomatoes in half helps with the tough skin.
  • There are many ways to change up this recipe. See a full list above!  
  • Other herbs added to this salad are fantastic, like oregano!
  • It IS important to add the sugar and salt. That gives you a nice balance of flavor that you won’t want to miss.
  • You can try other vinegars, personally,  I like the taste of Balsamic with tomatoes. Rice Wine Vinegar would be nice, but very tart, so maybe just try half the amount to start.  
  • Apple Cider vinegar would work too – again start with half and increase to your taste.
  • Balsamic vinegar does give a brown tint to the salad.
  • For added zip, add some small dice onions.
  • A few dices of cucumber would work too.

PRO TIP: By using different colors of tomatoes, you will really add a lot of appeal to this simple tomato salad.

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Summer Cherry Tomato Salad

Bright and BURSTING with Color and Flavor!  This perfect Summer Cherry Tomato Salad can grace any table! Perfect for a late summer bumper crop OR a winter time "remembering summer" salad.  You can find good grape tomatoes nearly any time of the year!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tomato salad, cherry tomato salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh and ripe cherry tomatoes - cut in half if larger than a dainty mouthful.
  • 2 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 10 basil leaves cut chiffonade
  • 1 Tsp granulated white sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Cut the tomatoes in half if they are larger than bite sized.  
  • Add the 1 Tbs Balsamic, 2 Tbs Olive Oil, Basil leaves, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp kosher salt.  Mix gently, but well.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to meld.  It's good right away too though!  Taste before serving, you may need to add more salt and pepper. 

Notes

  • Any tomato works, just cut into bite sized pieces..
  • Cutting the cherry tomatoes in half helps with the tough skin.
  • There are many ways to change up this recipe.  See a full list above!  
  • Other herbs added to this salad are fantastic, like oregano!
  • It IS important to add the sugar and salt. That gives you a nice balance of flavor that you won’t want to miss.
  • You can try other vinegars, personally,  I like the taste of Balsamic with tomatoes.  Rice Wine Vinegar would be nice, but very tart, so maybe just try half the amount to start.  
  • Apple Cider vinegar would work too - again start with half and increase to your taste.  
  • Balsamic vinegar does give a brown tint to the salad.
  • For added zip, add some small dice onions.
  • A few dices of cucumber would work too.  
PRO TIP: By using different colors of tomatoes, you will really add a lot of appeal to this simple tomato salad.
PRO TIP: To cut the basil in a chiffonade, roll the basil leaves up together and cut into small strips.  This helps release all the best flavors of the basil. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Summer Cherry Tomato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This recipe first appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on July 31, 2017 and has been updated with video, new photos, new information, revised tips and tricks, step by step photos, FAQ’s, PRO TIPS, and complete nutrition information and the recipe card has been updated as well.***

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