Across the country, gardens are getting ready to overflow with summer’s best bounty: cherry tomatoes. Fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables that we can pick right from our own backyard is one of the best parts of this season and if you’re lucky enough to grow garden-ripe tomatoes, I am so envious.
I’m the type of tomato fan that can eat them straight from the vine; and when it comes to cherry tomatoes, I will pop those like candy! Those little ruby gems are super sweet, juicy and the perfect little bite.
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Cherry tomatoes are super versatile, and these cherry tomato recipes will inspire you to make tons of summer meals with them. Sure, they are perfect for snacking and in salads, but there is so much more you can do with cherries. This collection will show you how to make cherry tomato tarts, pastas, soup, kebabs and more.
What Are Cherry Tomatoes?
The cherry tomato is a small round tomato believed to be a mixture of the wild currant tomato and domesticated garden tomatoes. They can range in size from your thumbnail to golf ball. While usually red, they can also be yellow, green or black.
What’s The Difference Between Cherry and Grape Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are round while the grape variety are more oblong. Grape tomatoes have a thicker skin and aren’t as sweet as cherry tomatoes. Grape tomatoes have gained in popularity because they tend to last longer than cherries, but can be used in many of the same applications.
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What To Do With Cherry Tomatoes
If you can use a big tomato in a dish, you can usually swap them out for their baby cousin. The options really are as endless as your imagination. Here’s what to make with cherry tomatoes:
- stuffed tomatoes
- vegetable side dishes
In this round up of 35 best cherry tomato recipes you will see just how many yummy ways you can use those big buckets of cherry tomatoes. The Shrimp Pasta is given a pop of flavor with cherry tomatoes. The Club Sandwich On a Stick and Caprese Skewers are fun appetizers for your next cookout. The Cherry Tomato Frittata would be real show stopper at Sunday brunch. And my Marinated Cucumber Salad pairs two of summer’s favorites (cucumbers and cherry tomatoes) in a simple side dish for any night of the week.
Summer produce is such a treat, and we only have a few months to enjoy it! If you don’t have a garden of your own, do what I do: scour your local farmers’ markets for the best cherry tomatoes, then get to work on these recipes.
Krista Marshall is the creator of Everyday Mom’s Meals and a full time stay at home mom. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband of 17 years and their two amazing and busy sons, age 16 and 4. Everyday Mom’s Meals is for everyone from the novice cook to the experienced home chef. Krista wants to get families around the table with simply made, delicious food. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter too!