Cherry Tomato Salad

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Cherry tomato salad with step by step pics. One of the easiest summery salad that can be made is this cherry tomato salad – tangy, tart, colorful and so good. If you love tangy food you will also like this awesome cherry tomato salad.

cherry tomato salad

During summers our meals mostly comprise of salads or light meals. Salads are easy to make and light on the stomach as well – refreshing, easy to assemble and make. I will be sharing a few easy salad recipes and some milkshakes this summer. I have got many requests for a few salad varieties, soups and milkshakes. So will be sharing them one by one.

This Cherry Tomato Salad is

  • Simple and easy to make with spot on flavors.
  • Makes for a healthy side dish with any meal be it Indian, American, european or continental.
  • Raw, vegan and gluten-free.
  • Easy to digest, gut-friendly and light on the tummy.

cherry tomato salad

Elements in this cherry tomato salad are

  1. Cherry tomatoes, of course –  though you can even use small tomatoes or grape tomatoes.
  2. Herbs – both fresh or dried herbs can be used. Basil gives a really good flavor, so don’t forgot to add these. I have used dried herbs and have added my favorites – basil and parsley. I did not have fresh herbs when I took the pictures. Though let me tell you that I have made this salad recipe a few times with fresh basil and the aroma & flavor with fresh basil is simply superb. Yes, of course, You can add your favorite herbs too. so pick your favorite herbs and add them.
  3. Extra virgin olive oil (evoo) – for that peppery and grassy flavor. If you do not have evoo then even a plain olive oil will do. A neutral flavored oil can also be used but with olive oil the salad tastes better.
  4. Vinegar – to get that sour acidic taste. Use red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. I have used Organic apple cider with the ‘mother’. this apple cider vinegar is nothing but raw, unrefined apple cider vinegar which has not been pasteurized. The ‘mother’ here are gut-friendly bacteria that are actually used when making apple cider vinegar, but removed in many packaged apple cider vinegar as they give a cloudy appearance. Apple cider vinegar with mother is easily available both in stores and online.
  5. Sugar – just a teeny weeny bit of unrefined cane sugar, to balance the sour and tang and bring harmony in the dish. You can even add other sweeteners like palm sugar, coconut sugar or honey. You can even completely skip the sugar if the cherry tomatoes are sweeter.
  6. Garlic – a bit of garlic to give that faint pungency in the salad.

How to make cherry tomato salad

1. Rinse 200 grams cherry tomatoes very well. Drain all the water and let the tomatoes dry naturally for some minutes. You can spread the tomatoes in a tray or board for drying. You can even wipe the tomatoes with a clean cotton napkin. Usually, I rinse the tomatoes an hour before and then spread them in a plate. Once they the water dries, then I keep them in a bowl covered with lid.

rinsing cherry tomatoes. straining them and allowing the water on them to dry naturally

2. Halve the cherry tomatoes which are bigger in size keeping the smaller ones intact.

chopping cherry tomatoes

Making oil & vinegar dressing

3. In a mixing bowl take 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar. You can use red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar or white vinegar instead.

making dressing for cherry tomato salad

4. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon dried basil and ½ teaspoon dried parsley. You can even add ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil and ½ tablespoon chopped fresh parsley. Add ¼ teaspoon sugar or add as required and ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt or add as required.

making dressing for cherry tomato salad

5. Add 1 small garlic clove which has been minced or crushed.

making dressing for cherry tomato salad

6. Whisk briskly so that the spices, herbs, oil, sugar, salt and vinegar are mixed evenly.

making dressing for cherry tomato salad

Making cherry tomato salad

7. Add the halved cherry tomatoes.

making cherry tomato salad

8. Toss and mix so that the dressing coats the cherry tomatoes.

making dressing for cherry tomato salad

9. Serve cherry tomato salad immediately. Salads are best served fresh, especially tomato salads. If you are unable to do so, then refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours and serve later. However, on refrigeration, the taste of the tomato salad does change. While serving you can even add some grated parmesan cheese.

cherry tomato salad recipe
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cherry tomato salad

Cherry Tomato Salad

Simple, easy, delicious Cherry Tomato Salad that makes for a light side dish or meal for summers. This recipe is healthy, gut-friendly, gluten-free and vegan too. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine American, World
Course Side Dish, Starters
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 3


for oil & vinegar dressing

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar with mother - red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar or white vinegar
 can also be added instead
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil or ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley or ½ tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon unrefined cane sugar or white sugar - add as per taste, optional

  • ¼ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper or black pepper powder - add as required

main ingredient

  • 200 gram cherry tomatoes



  • Rinse the cherry tomatoes well.
  • Drain all the water and keep them for some minutes so that the water on them dries naturally.
  • Then, halve the cherry tomatoes which are larger in size keeping the smaller ones intact.

making oil and vinegar dressing

  • In a mixing bowl, take the extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar. 
  • Sprinkle herbs, sugar, salt and crushed black pepper or black pepper powder. 
  • Add minced or crushed garlic.
  • Whisk briskly so that the spices, herbs, oil, vinegar, salt and sugar are mixed evenly.

making cherry tomato salad

  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes.
  • Toss and mix so that the dressing coats the cherry tomatoes.
  • Serve Cherry Tomato Salad immediately. Salads, especially tomato salads, are best served fresh. If you are unable to do so, then refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours and serve later. However, on refrigeration, the taste of the salad does change.
  • While serving, you can even add some grated parmesan cheese or some herbs.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Tomato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 201mg9%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 15.2mg18%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. What mam!!!??? Your parents are south Indians!!?? I’m soooo happy to hear this????. I will definitely give your receipies a try.
    I’m a big fan of butter chicken recipe, it’s such a pride to try it from the inventor of the recipe….
    I’m basically focussing on non-vegetarian cooking for my little one, to boost his growth. I tried few recipes from YouTube but nothing helped him eat like how he enjoys it from your blog.????

    1. thanks vidhya. i hope you like the south indian recipes from the blog. the books will definitely help you. i also hope your son likes the recipes you make from the books. happy cooking.

  2. Hi mam,
    This salad was like heaven, thanks for your lovely receipes, your website is my stress buster, and I have developed a lot of my culinary skills from you.
    Day by day I’m getting encouraged and more interested to try something different, can you please refer me some South Indian cook books, Tamil cookbooks and also non-vegetarian cookbooks and their availability in USA mam.
    My five year old son is a huge fan your chilli mushroom fry, he finishes his lunch box slurp….????5 stars

    1. thank you vidhya. i am glad you liked the salad and it also feels good reading your comment. that is sweet to know of your son. wishing your family all the best.

      regarding the books – there are many books for south indian and tamil cuisine. for non-vegetarian i can only recommend jiggs kalra’s books. the vegetarian recipes i have tried from jiggs kalra’s books were good. but just go easy on oil and ghee proportions in the recipes. for tamil cooking (specifically tambrahm cooking) samaithu paar is good as a guide. they have three volumes. but use your own proportion of ingredients when making the recipes. there are also books by chandra padmanabhan for south indian cooking. you will easily get these cookbooks from amazon.

      1. I’m soooo grateful to hear back from you mam.
        I would definitely try buying those books and start experimenting mam. Thanks a lot for your guidance.
        You are truly my great inspiration ????5 stars

        1. most welcome vidya. in fact, i have shared many south indian vegetarian recipes as my parents are from south. so you can try the recipes from the blog also.

          do buy these books and i am sure they will help you. good cooking books are rare to come by and that is why i have mentioned these three books. one more book which i forgot was moti mahal cookbooks. moti mahal is a famous restaurant in delhi and these books have the recipes from this restaurant. kundan lal gujral was the inventor of butter chicken and this iconic dish made its appearance first time in moti mahal restaurant. the recipes are good. from this book, i have made a few vegetarian recipes and they were good.