Garlic and Basil Cherry Tomatoes


There is one thing I just love about this time of year……..the produce!  Instead of snacking on food that’s not good for me, I can keep the fridge stocked full of nature’s bounty.

Cherry tomatoes are one of my favorites.  I almost always have them on hand.  Not only to toss into salads, on pizza or other dishes, but I love to just pop a few in my mouth while I’m fixing dinner, or along side my sandwich at lunch.

garlic basil cherry tomatoes


I’ve recently been turned on to flavored vinegars. It’s a great way to turn a favorite recipe into a low fat version by replacing the fats in traditional recipes with flavorful vinegar, such as NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar.

NAKANO comes in a variety of flavors, that you can splash, pour, drizzle, and infuse into your favorite food and recipes.

Nakano roasted garlic vinegar


This weekend I Splashed On a little Nakano Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar with some fresh basil and olive oil over my tomatoes, and let me tell you………I may never eat my cherry tomatoes any other way again!

This is an easy side dish to serve that’s full of delicious flavor.  It also makes for a healthy snack throughout the day.


Garlic and Basil Cherry Tomatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Garlic and Basil Cherry Tomatoes

An easy side dish to serve that's full of delicious flavor!


  • 1½ quarts cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 Tablespoons Nakano Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in to halves. (you should have about 4 cups), place in bowl or dish and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine rice vinegar, olive oil, and garlic; mix well
  3. Toss tomatoes with fresh basil, then drizzle with vinegar and oil mixture.
  4. Stir well, and season with salt and pepper to taste.


You could also try this with sliced tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes.

or serve over pasta or in a salad.

 I’m seriously in love with what all you can do with rice vinegar!  For more flavorful dishes in a splash,  check out Cooking with Rita (video below)


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33 Responses to “Garlic and Basil Cherry Tomatoes”

  1. bridget {bake at 350} posted on May 7, 2012 at 7:26 am (#)

    Love tomatoes…and this is so simple! I’ll have to look for those vinegars.

  2. naomi posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:02 am (#)

    This screams summer! What a great simple salad with bright colors and flavors. I haven’t tried those vinegars-love that they are flavored.

  3. marla posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:28 am (#)

    Simple is always best for me + these tomatoes look great Cheryl!

  4. Amanda posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:28 am (#)

    Oh wow. This looks so amazing. And I have not heard of flavored vinegars… that is so smart!! I cant wait to check out this brand and learn more!

  5. HeatherChristo posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:23 am (#)

    These are gorgeous Cheryl! Not only on their own, but they look like the perfect topping for crostini, pasta, salad, omelet, probably anything!

  6. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:48 am (#)

    I agree! I love the fresh produce and healthy and natural snack options. I love how simple this cherry tomato salad is. I bet it tastes so fresh too!

  7. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:49 am (#)

    My favorite ingredients! Look so fresh and simple

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:55 am (#)

    I love cherry tomatoes and love vinegar of any kind..this sounds great!

  9. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on May 7, 2012 at 10:25 am (#)

    Cheryl, this is my kind of dish! I planted 7 tomato plants this weekend and one is a hanging cherry tomato plant. :)

  10. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm (#)

    I too am loving the produce at this time of year – I’ll definitely have to check out those vinegars – I bet they are amazing with cucumbers and sweet onions.

  11. heidi posted on May 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm (#)

    i make caprese salad on skewers using cherry tomatoes and then drizzle with garlic, rice vinegar and olive oil. they are easy for serving as an appetizer. i use the rice vinegars quite a bit, i love how light they are.also good with fruit like mangoes or a red pepper, red onion, cilantro and mango salsa.
    i love this time of year for produce, like an appetizer for the coming summer.

  12. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on May 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm (#)

    I’ve got to make this! So fresh and easy!

  13. Maria posted on May 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm (#)

    I could eat this salad every day!

  14. Debra Kapellakis posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:08 am (#)


  15. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on May 8, 2012 at 9:20 am (#)

    There’s nothing simpler than roasted tomatoes and they are such a joy to eat. These look wonderful!

  16. Kristen posted on May 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm (#)

    Love this recipe, Cheryl! I could eat tomatoes all day every day. What an easy and delicious salad!

  17. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on May 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm (#)

    I love the colors in this dish! I bet the flavors are awesome too.

  18. Maria posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm (#)

    What a great recipe! I love tomatoes, and I love the flavor combinations you used here! What a great summery recipe! Thanks for sharing this!

  19. Amy Tong posted on May 9, 2012 at 1:09 am (#)

    What a flavorful and healthy salad. I love how simple it is. Gotta get myself a bottle of these flavored vinegar and give it a try. :) Thanks for sharing.

  20. Pastry Chef Schools posted on May 9, 2012 at 2:37 am (#)

    Chewy and indulgent :)Tomato salad is my all time favorite.

  21. Jeanette posted on May 9, 2012 at 6:57 am (#)

    This is right up my alley Cheryl. I’ve been buying cherry tomatoes the last couple of weeks in bulk. Will be trying this for sure!

  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on May 9, 2012 at 10:04 am (#)

    I’m a sucker for flavored vinegars…this tomato salad looks simply delicious!

  23. Angie posted on May 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm (#)

    This looks beautiful! Perfect for summer.

  24. Aggie posted on May 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm (#)

    I think cherry tomatoes are one of my favorite tomatoes (other than a big juicy heirloom one for sandwiches)…this salad looks beautiful Cheryl!!

  25. stephanie posted on May 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm (#)

    I love ricewine vinegar. I use it my salads all the time. I need some of the flavored rice wine. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Kirstina Vanni posted on May 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#)

    So simple and fresh. A great way to bring in the summer!

  27. Deanna Segrave-Daly posted on May 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm (#)

    Love love tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella all summer long. Have to try out those flavored vinegars!


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