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Cherry Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Tomato salad is one of the most beautiful side dishes you can create and with the gorgeous colored small cherry tomatoes its as delicious as it is striking. Done in just minutes, this recipe is an instant go to covered in balsamic vinegar and garlic, making it a dish everyone will dive in for seconds.

tomato salad recipe with balsamic

Spring is here and with that the onslaught of tomato plants are everywhere.

Personally I have never grown a tomato plant, but walking through the garden center everywhere makes me wish I was a better gardener.

Because I freaking adore tomatoes.

wild wonders gourmet tomatoes

From adding them on a burger to a full on Caprese salad, I really cannot get enough.

I know technically they are a fruit, which accounts for how just darn GOOD they are, but I’ll continue to live in the misnomer they are veggies and good for me.

cherry tomatoes in a salad

Regardless of all that, I feel zero guilt diving into this salad or bringing along to a party.

I am not only a fan of recipes done in under 5 minutes, but ones that actually TASTE good and still done under 5 minutes.

Tomato Salad Recipe

In this tomato salad you can see that I used some pretty rainbow cherry tomatoes.

You can typically find these in places like Fresh Market or your local veggie stand.

Just like our recipe for these rainbow honey glazed carrots, I think they have a unique taste, texture, and flavor when you get creative.

Another favorite tomato recipe of mine are these caprese lady bug appetizers, so fun for a party platter tray!

tomato salad recipe

That being said, you can use regular cherry tomatoes if you prefer.

Tomato Salad Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds small tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 tsp dried basil (to taste)

Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe

Add tomatoes and cucumbers together in a mixing bowl and set aside.

cucumbers being dumped into salad

TIP: You notice that we did not cut the tomatoes. Not everyone loves a full cherry tomato because in some cases they can be a pretty big bite. In the case of this salad, the choice is totally yours, but be aware cutting your tomatoes may result in a lot juicer salad as they tomatoes own juice will leak out into the bowl.

This may be a good thing for you if you love that. Either way, just realize that altering it may alter how you need to do your ingredients.

In a small bowl, add oil, vinegar, sugar and spices. Mix well.

measuring olive oil

 

stirring seasonings

Tip:  As with all recipes, you need to add salt. That being said, I adore the crunch of a sea salt. Its a lot bigger of a granule and it works for me. MOst people just like the taste of salt, in which case fine grain works just as well. Because this salad marinates, your salt may break down. If you want that final crunch of some extra salt flavor, grind a bit on prior to serving direction on your salad.

Drizzle your marinade over tomatoes and mix well.

pouring marinade into salad

Marinate for at least an hour prior to serving but overnight if you really want to get that flavor in there.

cherry tomato salad with spoon

 

Stir well before serving as your spices and oils may have settled disproportionately at the bottom of your bowl.

tomato side dish recipe

 

5 from 1 vote
Cherry Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar
Prep Time
10 mins
chill for
1 hr
Total Time
10 mins
 

Tomato salad is one of the most beautiful side dishes you can create and with the gorgeous colored small cherry tomatoes its as delicious as it is striking. Done in just minutes, this recipe is an instant go to covered in balsamic vinegar and garlic, making it a dish everyone will dive in for seconds.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad, tomatoes, vegetables
Servings: 4 people
Author: Salty Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds small tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Add tomatoes and cucumbers together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, add oil, vinegar, sugar and spices. Mix well. Drizzle over tomatoes and mix well.
  3. Marinate for at least an hour or overnight. Stir well before serving.
Recipe Notes

*See full blog post for additional instructions while recreating this easy salad side dish recipe

Btw, if you love tomatoes, do NOT MISS this Caprese Salad recipe <—-to die for or this Cucumber Tomato Salad!

Pin me for later- you will want this over your summer holidays for sure!

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Comments

Nicole

Oh… this looks so good. I love tomatoes too! Will definetly have to try this.
P.S. These photographs are so pretty.

Albert Bevia

I love a good tomato salad and this one sounds amazing, I like the added cucumber too, fast, easy and loaded with flavor! thanks for the recipe 🙂

    Trisha

    I saw your goat cheese tomato salad, it looks fantastic too!

Karly

I love tomatoes! This is so easy and looks amazing!

    Trisha

    Super easy and delicious! Thanks for stopping by Karly! *Love your blog*

    Trisha