August 5, 2021

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

From salads to pasta to bruschetta, there are so many things you can do with these simple marinated cherry tomatoes with garlic, fresh herbs and onions.

From salads to pasta to bruschetta, there are so many things you can do with these simple marinated cherry tomatoes with garlic, fresh herbs and onions.

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

In the last week or so I’ve really been soaking up summer. That involves spending more time outside picnicking, going on walks in the neighborhood and tending to our garden.

This year we decided to keep things small in our container garden. We have 3 Earthbox self-watering containers. If you’ve never had a vegetable garden before and feel intimidated, these are the way to go. That’s because you can’t mess up watering. There’s no guessing if you have under or over-watered.

One of our containers is overflowing with flowers and the others have tomatoes. The other day I spotted a few of the cherry tomatoes on a tall plant turning red.

Now I am already thinking ahead to picking tomatoes off the vine and eating them. Maybe in a week or so those first ones will be ready.

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Tomatoes: Roasted vs. Raw

As antsy as I am for all my tomatoes to be ripe, I know I will end up with too many at once. As if that’s a problem, right?

I don’t always want to slow roast tomatoes or do the quicker version with my 30-minute roasted tomatoes.

Sometimes I go ahead and leave them raw.  It is so easy to make marinated tomatoes. It takes minutes to stir everything together.

The tough part is waiting for the flavors to develop. That’s the point of marinating anything. You have to be patient, and sometimes thats hard.

The Ingredients

This is what you need for this marinated tomatoes recipe:

  • Cherry Tomatoes: Since this recipe is so simple, it’s important that you use the best cherry tomatoes you can find. This is the time to head to a farmer’s market during peak tomato season.
  • Garlic: It is amazing how 2 minced garlic cloves add lots of flavor to the marinade.
  • Onions: Red onions are my first pick, but any color onions will work. Make sure to chop them finely, so you don’t bite into a chunk of onion. This dish is all about the tomatoes!
  • Red wine vinegar: For acid, I whisk in red wine vinegar. If you are looking for a stronger vinegar flavor, reach for balsamic vinegar.
  • Olive oil: I always use extra virgin olive oil when I am making any vinaigrette.
  • Chives & parsley: Never one to skip on fresh herbs, I like both chives and parsley for the tomatoes.
  • Salt & pepper: The final touch to the marinade is seasoning with salt and pepper.
Whisking together marinade

How To Make Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Marinating tomatoes is not difficult. It will probably take you longer to prep the tomatoes by cutting them in half and chopping the onions and herbs.

For the marinade, I whisk together minced garlic, onions, red wine vinegar, olive oil, chives, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Then I add the tomatoes, stirring them around to make sure they are well coated.

I like to give the tomatoes an hour or 2 to marinate. You can do this at room temperature. If you want the tomatoes to marinate longer, put them in the fridge.

Stirring cherry tomatoes in marinade

How To Serve Marinated Tomatoes

What’s so great about these marinated cherry tomatoes besides how simple they are to make, is that you can serve them in all sorts of different ways:

  • With or without greens, you can eat the tomatoes as a salad. If you want, you can add torn fresh mozzarella or crumbled feta.
  • Make a pot of pasta, drain it and rinse the noodles in cold water. Then you can stir in the tomatoes and their juices for pasta salad. I like to also add grated Parmesan or pecorino.
  • Slice a baguette and spoon on the tomatoes for bruschetta. Add a step by toasting the bread in the oven and rubbing it with a garlic clove for cherry tomato crostini.
  • Stir the marinated tomatoes into cooked grains like quinoa, farro or barley.
  • Top grilled fish or chicken with these fresh tomatoes.
Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

More Fresh Tomato Recipes

Not in the mood to turn on the oven? Try these recipes with raw tomatoes:

Tomato Chili Mozzarella Salad

Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

Green Bean Tomato Olive Salad

Balsamic Tomato Peach Salad

Quinoa Taco Salad

Cornbread Panzanella Salad

Peach Tomato Salad

Caprese Salad

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad

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Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1-2 hours marinating
  • Total Time: 1-2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, onions, vinegar, olive oil, chives, parsley, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes. Let them marinate for 1-2 hours at room temperature. You can also marinate the tomatoes in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Just make sure to let them come to room temperature before serving.


Serving suggestions

  • Salad with or without greens
  • Bruschetta or crostini (spoon the tomatoes on fresh or toasted sliced baguette)
  • Pasta salad
  • Grains (stirred into cooked quinoa, farro or barley)
  • Topping for grilled fish or chicken
  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1-2 hours marinating
  • Total Time: 1-2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


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  1. Ilove pasta, and I love tomatoes.
    The instructions are easy and the picture helps these that need to see it to save the image in their mind. Thank you