This salad tastes just like summer! Juicy sweet Garlic Basil Cherry Tomatoes are bursting with flavor.  They make a delicious side dish or serve on top of pasta, salad or pizza.  Mix it up by adding feta or blue cheese, cucumber, and even olives to this salad.  Make a meal of it by adding chicken, pork, or steak. 

The possibilities are endless……you’ll be making this dish all summer long.

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garlic 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 alongside my sandwich at lunch.

I’ve recently been turned on to flavored vinegar. 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.

 I’m seriously in love with what all you can do with rice vinegar!  

More Tomato Recipes

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Summer Tomato Focaccia Bread

Heirloom Tomato Salad

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garlic basil cherry tomatoes

Garlic and Basil Cherry Tomatoes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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.

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