Cherry Tomato Salad

April 2, 2022

There’s nothing better than this refreshing 3-ingredient cherry tomato salad. With its sweet acidic taste, each bite is a burst of umami. Combine the fresh tomatoes with a bit of red onions for a subtle kick that complements the tomatoes. 

With just a drizzle of olive oil, this tomato salad will have you forgetting about the main dish! With only 3 ingredients and a couple of minutes, you can make this incredible salad. You don’t even have to cook anything! 

Pair this healthy 3-ingredient tomato salad with parmesan chicken or your favorite protein. Though the recipe has only 3 ingredients, there are countless ways to spice this salad up. 

Add in some cucumber, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, or some fruit! The possibilities are endless with this delicious 3 ingredient tomato salad. 

How To Make This Simple 3 Ingredient Tomato Salad

This recipe doesn’t need any cooking, so it is super easy to make. It’s great to make during the hot summer months! No dealing with hot kitchens in this recipe. 

Thinly slice half a red onion and place it in a bowl of ice water. This crisps up the red onions and mellows out its taste. It’s best to use red onions over white onions for this recipe, as red onions give off more flavor when raw. 

Get some fresh cherry tomatoes and wash them well. Slice them in half or in quarters, depending on which you prefer. Once your tomatoes are ready, drain and pat dry the sliced onions. 

Now your ingredients are prepared and you’re ready to assemble. 

In a serving dish or bowl, place about half of the tomatoes at the bottom. Add about half of the drained onions on top, then repeat this step. If you want to add any additional ingredients, add them before the last layer of onions. You don’t have to layer this salad, but it helps distribute the ingredients more evenly. 

Drizzle over some olive oil, flaky salt, and fresh cracked black pepper. That’s it! Feel free to add additional herbs on top if you like. 

Serve fresh and enjoy a healthy tomato side dish.

Yield: 4

Cherry Tomato Salad

3-Ingredient cherry tomato salad recipe

A refreshing tomato side dish that only needs 3 ingredients. Pairs well with any main dish and is perfect for the hot summer months. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • ½ cup sliced red onion (about ½ medium red onion)
  • 2 pints (or 2 cups) of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • flaky sea salt or kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Thinly slice half a red onion and place in ice water. Leave in the fridge while preparing the other ingredients. 
  2. Wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half. 
  3. Drain and pat the red onions dry. 
  4. In a large salad plate or bowl, add half of the tomatoes. Then cover them with half of the red onions. Repeat this step.
  5. Add olive oil, flaky salt, and fresh cracked black pepper on top.
  6. Serve fresh. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 225mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g


Salads don’t have to be packed with greens. Something as simple as this 3-ingredient tomato salad works great as a side dish. For some more refreshing summer recipes, try the dishes below.

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