Marinated Tomatoes

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Infused with the flavors of balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs, you will want to pour these mouth-watering Marinated Tomatoes over everything.

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Balsamic Marinated Tomatoes

Part of what makes these tomatoes so delicious is that there is a fabulous exchange of flavors that happens while they rest in the vinegar. They release some of their own juices into the mix.

This infuses the dressing with tangy tomato flavor, even as they absorb the flavors of the dressing to be balsamic marinated tomatoes. These tomatoes are seriously delicious, and I’ve used them on pretty much everything.

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I strongly recommend that you double or even triple this recipe. They make a killer side dish on their own, and they’re hard to resist snacking on when making a batch.

I also love them on the side with grilled chicken and rice. And, these tomatoes can really kick a salad into overdrive with all that balsamic flavor.

a pyrex measuring cup full of halved tomatoes

Marinated Tomatoes Recipe

  • bite size tomatoes
  • sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian parsley and basil leaves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • minced garlic
a glass bowl with halved tomatoes, on top of which have been added seasoings

Start by halving your bite sized tomatoes. This recipe works with any variety of tomatoes, and I’ve used pretty much all of them at one point or another. But, I prefer to use the small ones for ease of preparation.

Place the tomatoes in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil. Stir to combine.

a pour shot of salt being added to the tomatoes

Lastly, add the oil, vinegar, and garlic. Toss well to combine, and allow the tomatoes to marinate for a few hours.

They can marinate in the fridge or on the countertop. Whatever suits your preference and space constraints best will work fine.

balsamic vinegar is poured over the tomatoes in this image

Marinated Tomatoes

For those who are looking to try these tomatoes on a salad, you can’t go wrong with this arugula tomato salad. And they are a great option for the dressing in this tomato pasta spinach salad. You could even try this spin-off marinated tomato pasta salad.

I also think they would be great as a side dish when served with these chicken thighs with potatoes. They add so much depth and contrast to any savory entree.

the tomatoes have been stirred with a blue spatula in a clear glass bowl

I also think they could be served alongside this broccoli mac and cheese. Their bright flavors would be great alongside such a creamy, hearty dish.

And, I’m dying to try them on top of these chicken parmesan zucchini boats. Savory chicken, gooey mozzarella, and balsamic marinated tomatoes sounds like a dream come true, to me!

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Marinated Tomatoes

Infused with the flavors of balsamic vinegar and plenty of seasonings, you will want to pour these mouth-watering Marinated Tomatoes over everything.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 16 ounces bite size tomatoes halved or full-size tomatoes cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped small
  • 6 basil leaves sliced very thinly
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  • Place the tomatoes in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle with sugar, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil. Add the oil, vinegar, and garlic.
  • Toss well and allow the tomatoes to marinate at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a few hours.


I’ve marinated just about every possible variety of tomatoes with this recipe. It will work nicely with whatever tomatoes you happen to have on hand.


Calories: 109kcal · Carbohydrates: 7g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 7g · Sodium: 205mg · Potassium: 187mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 5g · Vitamin A: 504IU · Vitamin C: 20mg · Calcium: 16mg · Iron: 1mg
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