Roasted cherry tomatoes are the perfect weeknight side dish for winter. Not only are roasted cherry tomatoes super simple to make, but their delicious sweetness can easily brighten any meal.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Putting together warming and nutritional meals in the middle of the week can be tricky sometimes. Finding the time to prepare and cook both sides and the main dish can take too long and make far too much mess for a weeknight.
Finding those side dishes that can be prepared in just a few minutes and left to cook while the rest of the meal comes together are the key to creating hearty meals in the week. Roasted cherry tomatoes are great in this situation, taking all most no time at all to prepare while still managing to bring a meal together.
Roasted cherry tomatoes are especially worth trying in those cold winter months as you start to transition away from salads and are looking for something a little more warming. Roasting cherry tomatoes helps to bring out their sweetness, reminding you of summer, while also giving them a wintery feel that makes you want to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and hot chocolate.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
• Olive oil
• Kosher salt
• Black pepper, freshly ground
• Fresh basil, parsley, or other fresh herbs
• Sea salt
How To Make Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
• Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil and then transfer to a baking sheet
• Spread them out and sprinkle with the kosher salt and pepper
• Roast at 400 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes
• Transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter and top with fresh herbs and sea salt
Should You Cut The Tomatoes Or Leave Them Whole?
Whether or not to cut tomatoes before cooking is very much a personal choice. There is not really a right answer, and ultimately it depends on whether you prefer bit size pieces or a super juicy tomato.
Some people prefer to leave their tomatoes whole as this helps to retain all of the tomato juice rather than it spilling out onto the baking sheet. This method works best with small cherry tomatoes that can then be eaten in one bite, ensuring that not a drop of sweet tomato juice is lost.
Alternatively, tomatoes can be cut in half before being placed onto the baking sheet. While this method does cause some of the tomato juice to leak out onto the tray, it also makes smaller bite-size pieces of tomato. Cutting the tomatoes also avoids that sensation of the tomato exploding in your mouth when you first bite into it.
What To Serve With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
One of the great things about roasted cherry tomatoes is that they go with almost any main dish. Perfect the method, and you have a side dish that can be thrown together in no time at all and will brighten even the blandest of meals.
Roasted cherry tomatoes can be paired with simple fish dishes like poached salmon. Toss a few tomatoes or greens for a lower calorie alternative, and you have a complete meal.
Equally, roasted cherry tomatoes work great with meat dishes such as roast chicken or steak, adding a contrast to the meal. Roasting cherry tomatoes is so simple that you can have fun experimenting and pairing them with different meats to see what works best for your taste buds.
Roasted cherry tomatoes can also be paired with vegan dishes as a side to more robust vegetables that lack the sweetness of cherry tomatoes.
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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Side Dish
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4 pints cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- fresh basil leaves, parsley other fresh herbs
- Sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil and then transfer to a baking sheet.
- Spread them out and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper.
- Roast for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven, until they are soft and wrinkled.
- Transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter and top with fresh herbs and sea salt.
- Feel free to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese etc.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.