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 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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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 this penne pasta with asparagus, pancetta and cherry tomatoes hot for dinner or serve it cold as a wonderful picnic side. It makes a great potluck contribution, too!
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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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Use up a bounty of fresh cherry tomatoes from your garden with this delicious fresh 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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Serve this cheesy, 30-minute roasted cod with cherry tomatoes, basil and mozzarella 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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Make oven-dried cherry 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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Assemble this simple balsamic tomato salad 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.