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Marinated Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Marinated cherry tomatoes are a colorful, juicy and tasty side dish that is perfect for summer parties, buffets and large gatherings because it can be made hours in advance! This is one of our favorite cherry tomato recipes!

Marinated cherry tomatoes recipe with fresh cherry tomatoes and Italian dressing to make Italian marinated tomatoes.

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This recipe has just 4 ingredients and the process couldn’t be easier! I hesitate to call it a ‘recipe’, but we all need quick and easy side dishes when we’d rather not be doing heavy cooking in summer.

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One of our readers, Olga, wrote in and shared this idea for these marinated cherry tomatoes. She takes it a step further; blanching and peeling the tomatoes before marinating. We equally loved them peeled or unpeeled so we are sharing the unpeeled easier method; just slice them in half and you are ready to roll! Thank you Olga for sharing this treasure of a recipe!

Italian marinated tomatoes with Italian dressing marinade for the best cherry tomatoes recipe

Ingredients for Cherry Tomato Recipe:

We used the 2 lb pack of multi-colored  baby tomatoes at Costco, but any cherry or even grape-sized tomatoes would work well in this recipe.

Which Italian Dressing is Best?

We used “Ken’s Steakhouse” LIGHT Italian dressing and loved that it had a little bit of parmesan in the ingredients. Olga who shared this recipe uses a “Zesty Italian” dressing. You can experiment and use YOUR favorite Italian dressing but I would suggest using one that is clearer in appearance (NOT CREAMY). You still want the color of your Italian marinated tomatoes to pop without disappearing into the marinade. If you have an option, select “Light” which will have less oil and more uniform marinating and is also less likely to solidify if refrigerated.

Ingredients for cherry tomatoes recipe with fresh cherry tomatoes, parsley, Italian dressing and garlic

How to Make Italian Marinated Cherry Tomatoes:

1. Rinse cherry tomatoes and cut them in half. It is easiest to slice with a serrated knife and I slice them through the center because they look prettier.

how to cut cherry tomatoes for cherry tomato recipes

2. Add the sliced tomatoes to a glass mixing bowl or container (or right into a quart-sized glass jar with lid). Add the chopped parsley and garlic then pour over 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Italian dressing or just enough to barely cover the tomatoes. Stir and cover to marinate.

How to make marinated cherry tomatoes recipe step by step instructions for Italian marinated tomatoes

How Long should I Marinate Tomatoes?

The tomatoes will be more flavorful the longer they sit and need a bare minimum marinating time of 2 hours. I cover and leave these on the counter at room temperature for 4 hours and serve – you will want to chill them after that if there are leftovers. They keep very well refrigerated overnight.

How long to marinate tomatoes for refrigerator marinated cherry tomatoes in Italian dressing

If you have leftover tomatoes or want to serve them with breakfast, try serving them as bruschetta. All you need are some toasted baguettes. So easy and good!

More Cherry Tomato Recipes to Discover:

Print-Friendly Marinated Cherry Tomato Recipe:

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Marinated cherry tomatoes are a colorful, juicy and tasty side dish that is perfect for summer parties, buffets and large gatherings because it can be made hours in advance. This is one of our favorite cherry tomato recipes! Italian marinated tomatoes with just 4 ingredients! |

Marinated cherry tomatoes are a colorful, juicy and tasty side dish that is perfect for summer parties and entertaining because they can be made ahead! Let tomatoes marinate at least 2-4 hours. They are even better overnight. 

Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: marinated cherry tomatoes
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 102 kcal
Servings: 10 servings as a side dish


  • 2 lb cherry tomatoes*
  • 1/2 bunch parsley (1/2 cup finely chopped)
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups light Italian dressing**


  1. Rinse and cut cherry tomatoes in half.

  2. Add the sliced tomatoes to a glass mixing bowl or quart-sized glass jar with lid. Add chopped parsley and minced garlic then add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Italian dressing or just enough to barely cover the tomatoes. 

  3. Stir, cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 2-4 hours to marinate or refrigerate overnight. 

Recipe Notes

*Any variety or color of ripe baby tomatoes will work.
**Do not use a 'creamy' variety of Italian dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Marinated Cherry Tomatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 361mg16%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 695IU14%
Vitamin C 24.6mg30%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Gina
    September 26, 2020

    I always make my own Italian Dressing and use that. Also, fresh basil gives way more flavor than the parsley. (Basil is the soul-mate to tomatoes!)


    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 26, 2020

      That’s so great! Thank you for sharing that with me!


  • Dot
    September 19, 2020

    Can you use olive oil instead of dressing


  • doris currie
    August 11, 2020

    can these be canned for a period of time?


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 11, 2020

      Hi Doris, I have not tried that yet to advise if it’s going to last long. I do have a canned tomato recipe in case you want to check it out.


  • Irina
    July 9, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I am glad to find your site. Running out of ideas for feeding my family.
    As for the marinated cherry tomatoes… do you have a version with a home made Italian dressing? In my family we try to avoid preservatives in packaged food.


  • Lynn
    November 20, 2019

    Planning to make these for dinner guests. Do you use regular curly parsley or Italian parsley? Thanx!


    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 20, 2019

      Hi Lynn, I hope the image in the recipe was helpful we used regular, flat Italian parsley.


  • Island Girl
    September 19, 2019

    Also good with Good Seasons Italian Dressing. No tomatoes?? Use other chopped veggies ( squash, broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.) Keeps for days!


  • wendy A Kooi
    August 26, 2019

    We love this recipe. We have tons of tomatoes in our garden. Thanks


    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2019

      That’s so awesome Wendy! Thank you for sharing that with me.


  • janine cook
    August 9, 2019

    make this as long as the summer tomatoes last. my favorite snack.


    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


  • Mary
    February 23, 2019

    How long will these keep in the frigerator


  • Irine
    November 24, 2018

    Do you think this recipe will work great with larger tomatoes such as Roma? and how long do you think they should marinate for..?


    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2018

      I’d imagine that would work.but I have not tried that. The marinating process will likely take much longer. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.


  • Natalie Ellis
    May 18, 2018

    I love cherry tomatoes a lot as they are so sweet that I often buy a box and eat only them xD
    Good to know another way to make it 🙂
    Btw, my side dishes for summer is all about smoothie xo


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 18, 2018

      I hope you love this recipe, please let me know what you think Natalie!


  • Raodmir
    May 16, 2018

    I have one question, where did you get the italian dressing from?


    • Natasha
      May 16, 2018

      I just bought it at local Fred Mayer store.


  • Samina
    May 16, 2018

    Those look delicious! I’d bet they be even tastier with the addition of small mozzarella balls.


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 16, 2018

      Great suggestion! These are so tasty, I hope you try them!


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