Cherry and Grape Tomato Recipes

Cherry and grape tomatoes are a farmers' market treasure

Small but packed with flavor, candy-sweet cherry and grape tomatoes are some of our favorite farmers' market finds in the summer. They add a pop of color and flavor to all sorts of dishes, from salads, to pastas, to sauces. We've rounded up our favorite grape and cherry tomato recipes.

Cherry and grape tomatoes often act as supporting characters, but sometimes they get to star. This is certainly true in our herbed tomato tart, in which the tomatoes are cooked until blistered with anchovies on a puff pastry base and topped with fragrant parsley, chives, and oregano.

Tomatoes and cheese are a perfect pairing to top crostini for a summer hors d'ouevre. For a simple summer crostini, try lightly broiled cherry tomatoes and ricotta. To make a sweet, jammy compote that you can preserve for the winter, match cherry tomatoes with vanilla bean. It's perfect with a triple cream goat cheese.

Raw cherry or grape tomatoes add beautiful color to summer salads. Add them to our red leaf salad with an herb-laced yogurt ranch dressing or toss them with garlicky toasted bread cubes, olive oil, vinegar, and basil to make a summery panzanella.

Similarly, tomatoes add a pop to pasta dishes like a classic spaghetti alla primavera or spaghetti with garlic scapes and arugula. Cooking the tomatoes just until the start of burst intensifies their sweetness while preserving some of their texture.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of cherry tomato recipes.

Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes

Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes

Chimichurri and a tomato-onion salad are perfect for offsetting the richness of creamy polenta. Get the recipe for Summer Polenta with Chimichurri and Tomatoes »Farideh Sadeghin

Lao Tomato Dip

Lao Tomato Dip
Penn Hongthong, the author of Simple Laotian Cooking (Hippocrene, 2003), taught us that charring the vegetables for this dip is the secret to its smoky flavor.Farideh Sadeghin
Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler

Cherries and cherry tomatoes bake down together into a savory-sweet layer under a sweet biscuit topping in this recipe from chef Amanda Cohen.Matt Taylor-Gross
Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette

Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette

Tacolicious owner Sara Deseran first discovered this smoky salad, from Neil Fraser of LA's Redbird, while cooking at the annual Sabores San Miguel festival in Mexico. The trick to getting tender, flavorful octopus is boiling it first, then marinating and grilling it.Farideh Sadeghin

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad
A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar.Landon Nordeman
Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad

Grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas, elevates this light summer salad.James Oseland

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing
Light, tangy yogurt replaces rich mayonnaise in the herb-laced dressing for this salad.André Baranowski
Spaghetti alla Primavera
Spaghetti primaveraTodd Coleman

Summer Panzanella

Summer Panzanella
Sweet, ripe, summer tomatoes dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and basil are tossed with garlicky, toasted bread cubes to soak up the delicious juices in this classic Italian salad.Helen Rosner
Grape Salsa

Grape Salsa

Juicy red grapes are the star of a sweet and lightly spicy fresh salsa made with cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and honey.Laura Sant

Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta
Roasting garlic scapes with tomatoes and red onion sweetens them and enriches their flavor; toss them with pasta, lemon juice, and arugula for a simple summer meal.Farideh Sadeghin
Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes

Ricotta Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes

Ripe cherry tomatoes add sweetness to crostini topped with fresh ricotta.André Baranowski
Shish Kebab

Shish Kebab

This lamb kebab is adapted from a recipe in Anissa Helou's Mediterranean Street Food.Todd Coleman
Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Unripened mangoes are julienned and combined with chiles, garlic, and shallots to form the base of one of our favorite Southeast Asian salads,a refreshing adaptation of the more widely known version made with papaya.Todd Coleman
Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori)

Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori)

A bright and simple salad adds fresh contrast to fried strips of pizza dough.Todd Coleman
Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche

Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche

A rich, bright pesto offsets peppery arugula in this creamy quiche.Yossy Arefi
entrecote of lamb with tomato sauce

Grilled Herb-Marinated Entrecôte of Lamb with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Succulent lamb entrecôte, a well-marbled boneless cut from the sirloin, is blanketed in a marinade of garlic, fresh marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and sage, which caramelize to form a flavorful crust as the lamb grills.Felix Odell
Farmer's Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

Farmer's Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

This salad is topped with a bright thick sweet-tart pickled beet dressing.James Oseland
Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce

Quick Fish Filets in Tomato Sauce

Fresh summer tomatoes and juicy fish filets come together in an easy, one-skillet meal. It calls for only four ingredients, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.Todd Coleman
Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil

Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil

Tearing the basil leaves for this simple salad releases their aroma while preventing the bruising that results from chopping.Marcus Nilsson
Roasted Sunchokes with Thyme, Grape Tomatoes, and Lemon

Roasted Sunchokes with Thyme, Grape Tomatoes, and Lemon

Sweet, nutty roasted sunchokes pair perfectly with the bright flavor of grape tomatoes.Helen Rosner
Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula

Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula

These lamb meatballs are simmered in a harissa-spiked tomato sauce, served over peppery arugula, and drizzled with bright yogurt-thickened aïoli and roughly chopped basil leaves.Ingalls Photography
Lobster Américaine with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Lobster Américaine with Asparagus and Tomatoes

The tomato-wine sauce for this light lobster dish gets depth of flavor from the addition of the lobster's tomalley.Michael Kraus
Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)

Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)

The Kenyan lunch known as sukuma wiki—a combination of collard greens, chile-flecked ground meat, and tomatoes served with cornmeal or mashed plantain—is such a fortifying part of the workweek that its name means "week pusher".Ingalls Photography
Cherry Tomato-Vanilla Bean Preserves

Cherry Tomato-Vanilla Bean Preserves

This jammy tomato compote is perfect paired with a triple cream goat cheese or with firm white-fleshed fish dishes. Floral vanilla bean brings out the musky qualities of cherry tomatoes. It is best made with ripe tomatoes at the height of summer.Ganda Suthivarakom

Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette

Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette
Roasting cherry tomatoes in an oven brings out their natural sweetness; salty salami is a perfect counterpoint.Yossy Arefi
Herbed Tomato Tart

Herbed Tomato Tart

Fragrant herbs and anchovies underscore the bright sweetness and acidity of ripe cherry tomatoes in this eye-catching tart from Tuscany—cut into small squares, it makes an elegant appetizer.Todd Coleman