Baby tomatoes (cherry tomatoes, baby tomatoes or baby heirlooms) are one of my absolute favorite ingredients to cook with! In the summer, it’s hard for me to make a single meal without them, but off-season baby tomatoes can make delicious winter meals too! These recipes help you make a meal of out your littlest tomatoes. Whether you have a big haul or a small packet to work with, you are sure to find something suitable here.
As a vegetarian I base a LOT of my meals around tomatoes. They’re delicious, versatile, and suit a range of budgets.
The recipes in this list are mostly dinner or lighter meal options which make the most of your cherry tomato haul. We have recipes which will use a lot of tomatoes, making them the star ingredient (for example as a pasta sauce) and others which use fewer tomatoes but still make the most of their flavor (for example as a salsa topping for tacos).
In all of these recipes, you can use ANY baby tomato you have: cherry, grape (baby plum) or baby heirlooms. A few of the recipes call for multiple sizes of tomato, but can be made with just baby tomatoes if that’s all you have.
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If you’re looking to turn your cherry tomatoes into a sauce, these recipes include delicious cherry or grape tomato sauces. You don’t need to use my full recipe to enjoy them, you can just extract the sauce portion of the recipe and use it with other things if you wish!
An easy one pot pasta with fresh baby, cherry or grape tomatoes! Angel hair pasta is quick to cook, making it the perfect choice for a one pot pasta. It cooks in the tomato juices for amazing flavor. You'll love the simplicity of this recipe and the fact that it's endlessly customizable.
Scamorza cheese (smoked mozzarella) elevates this simple pasta to pure perfection! With herby, honey pan roasted cherry tomatoes and brown butter pine nuts, this has a touch of luxury while being simple to prepare.
A simple, comforting bowl of creamy risotto, white beans and spinach, drenched in garlicky roasted cherry tomatoes. It's highly flexible and customizable to your tastes and budget, and an excellent starting point for a vegetarian meal.
A bowl of comforting and delicious bucatini with tomato sauce! This is an amazing 30 minute recipe which uses cherry tomatoes and butter to make an incredibly tasty sauce to mix in with bucatini or any other pasta.
Cool, creamy burrata cheese adds a touch of luxury to these nutritious and tasty vegetarian tacos packed with roasted vegetables. Made easily in the oven, this is a simple meatless dinner that can be customized to include your family's favorite veggies.
This mushroom tomato pasta is a vegetarian meal that everyone will agree on! Perfectly roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms combine with feta cheese to make this incredibly luxurious and filling meal.
This vegan butter salad recipe is filled with layers of delicious Mediterranean ingredients, and it tastes amazing warm or cooled down. Filling and high in protein, it travels well and can be customized. A great make ahead lunch option or something a little different to bring to a get-together.
A deliciously summery bowl that truly satisfies! Pesto couscous is topped with slow roasted tomatoes, white beans and a creamy ball of burrata… bursting with flavour and plant based protein, this will work perfectly as a summer dinner or even as a warm salad to serve as a side dish.
Whether you're in need of a lunch, a light dinner, or an appetizer to impress… This tomato halloumi salad is here for you! By using fresh, deliciously ripe tomatoes you will not need much effort to make this soar. The herbs are flexible and there are endless ways to serve this to make it work for you!
The cosy flavors of sage bring an expectedly delicious twist to this simple pasta dish, topped with sweet roasted tomatoes and feta crumbles. Minimal ingredients make this an easy meal to throw together on a weeknight.
Move over avocado… pesto toast is about to become your new favorite brunch! This recipe uses a vibrant, freshly made kale pesto, with cherry tomato and feta topping… but the possibilities are endless! This is ideal for when you've got a batch of homemade pesto to use up, but you can make pesto toast with jarred pesto too!
Easy to make with just eight ingredients, this salad is a filling and protein packed vegetarian meal or side dish. This is a flexible recipe and you can layer on whatever fresh herbs you have available – so it turns out a little bit differently every time!
Freshly prepared fresh basil pesto tossed into angel hair (capellini) pasta – this is a staple recipe worth mastering! This recipe adds a little baby spinach to the pesto for a nutritional boost, and I like to serve it with some fresh cherry tomatoes for a quick healthy dinner.
A tasty, flexible casserole filled with potatoes, cheese and vegetables. You can make this your own with your favorite veggies and use it to clear out the fridge! Mixed herbs and spices, plus a few different types of cheese make sure it's as tasty as can be, and it works as a main or side dish.
A tasty, simple vegetarian pasta dinner packed with white beans, fresh tomatoes, cheeses, herbs and arugula / rocket! Perfect for a weeknight dinner, you will love the mix of flavors and textures. With fresh tomatoes and greens, this is a fresh and healthy meatless meal with lots of protein in the mix.
An incredibly simple but tasty pizza that showcases the deep smoky flavor of scamorza cheese (smoked mozzarella) with a pesto base and honey glazed cherry tomato topping. A deliciously complex vegetarian pizza full of flavor!
A quick and easy spinach & paneer curry for weeknights! Fresh cherry tomatoes give this spin on palak paneer (saag paneer) a sweet and juicy finish. With fresh spinach and no cream, it's a nutritious, light and vibrant dinner that will get everyone loving their greens.
A dreamy, melty tomato basil and mozzarella quiche that will wow you with its flavors! This is a crustless quiche so simple to prepare – but we use a special trick to help the quiche create its own crust! While this recipe is super easy to make, it does take some time – consider meal planning this alongside another roasted tomato dish so you can batch cook the tomatoes ahead!
This delicious plant based side dish combines crispy roasted potatoes with melt in the mouth sweet cherry tomatoes! It all cooks in the oven at the same time, and gives you an easy base for a simple, low cost and tasty meal.
A filling chickpea salad full of delicious ingredients! Bright cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado and mozzarella, tangy feta and fresh herbs. You'll love the simple flavors and contrasting textures of this quick and easy salad.
Garlicky purple kale tossed into pasta with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. This is a light, fresh pasta dinner full of nutritious ingredients and Mediterranean flavors. It's the perfect recipe to enjoy this vibrant and nutritious leaf, but you can easily swap in other varieties of kale if you need to.
A veggie packed butter bean bake bursting with Tuscan flavors! This is a simple and flexible recipe for a vegetarian dinner, packed with nutritious ingredients. The addition of red pesto and spices makes this bake even tastier than you expected!
Creamy tomato spaghetti gets an incredible upgrade with the addition of crispy pan fried herby chickpeas! You'll love the contrast of the sweet cherry tomato cream sauce against the smoky, herby chickpeas in this vegetarian pasta dinner, a similar effect to toasted breadcrumbs but with protein!
A simple 20 minute vegetarian taco dinner with black beans, smoked cheese and a fresh cherry tomato avocado salsa topping. Oven baked tacos are such a simple dinner, giving you extra crispy shells, melted cheese and a smoother workflow. Using smoked cheddar is an easy way to take classic bean and cheese tacos to the next level, making them completely irresistible!
Angel hair spaghetti with a fresh raw tomato bruschetta sauce and burrata topping! This is the perfect luxurious summer pasta dish. The delicate bruschetta pasta complements your creamy, cool burrata perfectly and lets this amazing cheese take center stage at dinner time!
Fried halloumi cubes combine with avocado, tomatoes and a drizzle of honey to make the ultimate toast topper for sourdough or other fresh bread. This brunch cafe favorite is easy to make at home for a weekend treat or a simple dinner.
Balsamic baked halloumi cheese with a bruschetta topping. A fresh, summery and quick vegetarian dinner that tastes amazing! It’s ready in 20 minutes, including side dishes. This is a delicious meatless alternative to the popular dish Bruschetta Chicken.
An easy baked gnocchi recipe with slow roasted cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. A comfort food classic made simple – everything bakes together in one pan! This dish features the classic caprese combo of fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil, but it can be customised in a number of ways.
Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with chickpeas, tomatoes and fried halloumi with a minty tahini sauce! You will love how these flavors come together to make a delicious and easy vegetarian dinner or side dish.
Soft, creamy bocconcini cheese stars in this delicious salad bursting with summery Mediterranean flavors. Cherry tomatoes and bocconcini pair with artichokes and avocado for a filling lunch or side dish. With a fresh mint and lemon dressing, this is a fresh alternative to the traditional caprese salad and will shine at your next barbecue or potluck!
A delicious and hearty vegetarian sheetpan / tray bake dinner! Caramelized roasted sweet potato, mushrooms and peppers with pesto rice, topped with grilled halloumi. Everything comes together easily in one big roasting dish for a simple dinner.
A simple, delicious recipe for baked spinach rice with juicy cherry tomatoes and a fresh mozzarella topping! A great way to pack lots of nutritious greens into a comforting casserole. Using all fresh ingredients, this is a healthier twist on spinach rice.
Spiced pan fried paneer cheese combines with fresh Mediterranean ingredients in this delightful fusion salad. An easy, flexible recipe that can pair with bread or baked sweet potato for a quick and easy vegetarian meal.