10 Fresh Cherry Tomato Recipes for Summer

You'll Want to Make These All Season Long

Roasted Cod with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella

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Summer is the best time to cook with garden-fresh cherry tomatoes. Ripe, juicy, and bursting with flavor, the cute mini tomatoes add wonderful sweetness to an array of recipes. From seasonal salads and appetizers to frittatas, fish, and pasta sauces, these recipes are packed with summer flavor.

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    Caprese Salad

    Caprese (Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil) Salad

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    Caprese salad is a delicious celebration of wonderful Italian ingredients. Use ripe bite-sized cherry tomatoes for this salad, which also features thick and creamy slices of fresh mozzarella and aromatic basil leaves. It's all dressed simply with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil, plus a sprinkle of sea salt.

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    Penne Pasta With Asparagus, Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes

    Penne Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta and Cherry Tomatoes

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    Cook penne pasta until al dente and toss with salty pancetta, juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh chopped asparagus, garlic, and olive oil to make a summer pasta that takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. Enjoy it hot for dinner or serve it cold as a wonderful picnic side. It makes a great potluck contribution, too!

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    Egg-White Frittata

    Egg-White Frittata

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    Start your day right with a low-calorie, high-protein egg white frittata that's ready in 10 minutes. Garden-fresh vegetables and herbs are folded into the center with cherry tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and a little Parmesan cheese. Be sure to save those egg yolks in the fridge for use in other recipes, such as a classic hollandaise sauce.

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    Fresh Tomato Soup

    Fresh Tomato Soup

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    Use up a bounty of fresh cherry tomatoes from your garden with this delicious tomato soup that's naturally low in calories and high in heart-healthy antioxidants. No cream is needed in the pureed soup, which combines fresh tomatoes with onion, garlic, vegetable or chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, and just a bit of butter to add richness.

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    Mozzarella Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

    Mozzarella Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

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    An alternative to classic caprese salad, these mozzarella-stuffed bites make adorable party appetizers. All you need are cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and sliced basil leaves to make the filling, plus a little olive oil and salt for seasoning.

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    Roasted Cod with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella

    Roasted Cod with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella

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    Serve this cheesy, 30-minute baked fish at weeknight family dinners or when friends drop by. Firm cod fillets are topped with fresh cherry tomatoes, herbaceous basil leaves, and creamy mozzarella slices, then baked in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes to create a quick, yet elegant entree. Serve it on top of a bed of hot cooked rice for a complete meal.

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    Avocado and Tomato Salad

    Avocado and Tomato Salad

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    Refreshing cherry tomatoes mingle with creamy, ripe avocado slices in this simple side salad. Make a zesty vinaigrette out of maple syrup and Dijon mustard, then finish it with crumbled feta or goat cheese before serving to add a touch of creaminess.

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    Sicilian Tomato and Almond Pesto

    Sicilian Tomato and Almond Pesto

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    This delicious Sicilian version of pesto sauce—called pesto alla trapanese—uses ingredients native to southern Italy, including almonds, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil. (You may already know the more widely-made basil and pine nut pesto called pesto alla genovese). Use pecorino or Parmesan cheese, or a blend of both, and a good-quality extra-virgin olive oil in this recipe — it's sure to become a regular in your rotation.

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    Oven-Dried Cherry Tomatoes

    Oven-Dried Cherry Tomatoes

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    Make sun-dried tomatoes at home using your oven for enjoying on pizzas and in pasta dishes. While it takes a few hours for the tomatoes to dry at a low temperature, little prep time is needed. Using cherry tomatoes in place of a larger variety eliminates the need for chopping and you'll be happy to have these on hand when it a recipe calls for sun-dried tomatoes.

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    Balsamic Tomato Salad

    Balsamic Tomato Salad

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    Assemble this simple combination of tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, garlic, olive oil, and dried spices whenever you need a last-minute summer side dish. It's full of fresh flavor and makes a foolproof addition for grilled fish and meats. For a pretty presentation, combine different colors of cherry tomatoes from the farmer's market.