Easy Marinated Tomatoes

Summer is a time of fresh vegetables whether you grow them yourself in the garden or buy them at the farmer’s market. One of my favorite veggies is tomatoes. I buy grape or cherry tomatoes all year long. In the summer I sometimes find heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Today’s simple recipe is a tomato marinade. Fresh tomatoes with olive oil, fresh herbs, pepper, a tablespoon of honey, and vinegar. I suggest red wine or balsamic vinegar but if you love apple cider vinegar like me, it’s good too. You can make it with 5 large tomatoes or 35 oz. in cherry tomatoes. I like using multicolored tomatoes too as it looks so appealing. For vegan-friendly, drop the honey and use maple syrup, agave, or brown sugar.

This dish is a perfect appetizer or side dish. I’ve also found it’s a great start for enhancing so many other summer dishes. Add the marinated tomatoes to 3 cups of cooked rice or quinoa. I suggest quinoa cooked in homemade chicken stock or vegetable stock tossed with marinated tomatoes. How about served on bruschetta? Add cucumber, mozzarella, or whatever your heart desires. It would make a quick large salad tossed with a bag of mixed salad greens. Add marinated tomatoes to a hamburger or sandwich. Top baked or grilled fish or chicken. It’s perfect for topping avocado toast too. The uses are really endless.

Easy Marinated Tomatoes

Use organic when available. Serves 5


Easy Marinated Tomatoes

Marinated tomatoes is a perfect appetizer or side dish. It's also a great start for enhancing so many other summer dishes from quinoa to pasta.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword marinated tomatoes, tomatoes
Servings 5


  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil or dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 crushed clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 3 whole scallions sliced
  • 5 large whole tomatoes cut Into wedges or approx. 35 oz of halved cherry tomatoes


  • Whisk together all the ingredients except the tomatoes
  • Add the tomatoes and toss to coat
  • Cover and marinate at room temperature for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally
  • Serve with lots of bread for dipping
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated but let them warm to room temperature to serve


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

24 thoughts to “Easy Marinated Tomatoes”

  1. These look delicious, Carol. I do something similar with balsamic vinegar but I have never tried adding honey or thyme. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  2. We’re just starting to get tomatoes from the garden. and this recipe sounds delicious – especially in a sandwich with mozzarella 🙂


  3. Marinated toI might try growing cherry tomatoes next summer and this will be a good way to prepare them when they all ripen at the same time.

  4. Those tomatoes of yours look gorgeous Carol. So red and juicy. And of course, tomatoes are so healthy, more so when cooked, Half them with a splash or two of olive oil, oregano and salt, the latter the magic ingredient. Bake in the oven until squidgy – wow!

  5. This is a perfect recipe for this time of year, everyone I know (including me) is growing them. I can imagine eating them with fresh bread. Yum, yum.

  6. This looks absolutely delicious! Like you, tomatoes are a favorite vegetable. I eat raw cherry or grape tomatoes as a snack all the time…but this recipe looks like it’d be even better.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Laurie – it’s a pleasure to meet you. Don’t you love making new friends who blog? This dish is so simple and quick and yes it is tasty.

  7. These look great! We have been growing tomatoes in the garden and will have to try this out! (stopping by from the senior pit stop Linky Party)

  8. Thank you so much for sharing on the Senior Salon Pit Stop! I’ll be featuring your recipe on Monday’s #SSPS. Congrats!
    Maria @ kraftyplanner.com

      1. You too – and I’m excited to see you at the party!! Hope we see you every week!

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