Pickled tomatoes is a very easy recipe to make.  You can preserve cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes and even tomatoes on the vine.  You only need 5 ingredients to preserve tomatoes those beautiful summer tomatoes you grew!

What to do with tomatoes?

Those summer tomatoes deserve to be put in a delicious recipe.

How often do you hear “tomato” and “pickle” in the same sentence?

Not often!

That makes me sad!  So, I am bringing you my favorite way of preserving summer tomatoes.

Front view of tomatoes in a mason jar and another jar in the background
Summer tomatoes are easy to preserve and savor for months

Every summer, when you grow tomatoes, what do you end up doing with them?

Give it to friends?  Can them? Let them spoil?

Instead, pickling them is a much better idea and they will be good in so many different recipes.

Overhead view of tomatoes in a glass jar
Take tomatoes to a whole new taste level.

Before preserving tomatoes, I pickled vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, bell pepper and pearl onions.  This is a great way to save veggies that don’t get used.

Its such a bummer when you paid so much for cauliflower only to put it in a compost bin, right?

Pickling them makes me not feel guilty.  I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil that I used in my Pumpkin Olive Oil Bread.  You can also use Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil to pickle tomatoes.

If oil is not your thing, try it with vinegar or spiced infused water

Pickled tomatoes in a mason jar
You will fall in love with tomatoes after eating these pickled tomatoes

What kind of tomatoes can be pickled?

  1. Heirloom Tomatoes
  2. Cherry Tomatoes
  3. Roma Tomatoes
  4. San Marzano Tomatoes
  5. Green Tomatoes
  6. Beef Steak Tomatoes
  7. Campari Tomatoes
  8. Jubilee Tomatoes
  9. Grape Tomatoes
  10. Tomatoes on the vine
Three Tomatoes on the vine - Preserving Tomato
Pickled using my favorite tomatoes! Tomatoes on the vine

Benefits of preserving tomatoes

1. You get to enjoy them anytime

A good tomato should never be missed.  In the cold, harsh winter months, your preserved tomatoes are going to remind you of a fun afternoon spent on the beach in the summer.

2. It tastes great when preserved

All the spices and herbs added during the preserving process enhances the flavor of tomatoes.  It adds spice, sweetness and tang to the tomatoes.

Are you drooling yet?

Overhead view of tomato wedges, onions and herbs in a white bowl surrounded by a liquid

3. Its a very therapeutic process.

Seriously! Take a few tomatoes and preserve them right now.  You will know exactly what I mean.  Its like when you see people working on the Nature Japanese Garden with the tiny rakes and sand.  Until you try it yourself, you don’t understand why they get so much peace out of it.

The same thing happens when you preserve tomatoes.  Adding the ginger, carom seeds, onions and parsley to the tomatoes will light up your eyes because of the colorful medley.  The best part is lazily adding the oil to the bowl and mixing it.

Its a very Zen experience!

Have you checked out the history of tomatoes?

Front view of Pickled tomatoes in a mason jar and another jar in the background
They taste good on sandwiches, pasta and even curries.

How to use these tomatoes?

  1. In a simple tomato sandwich
  2. Soup recipes like Orzo Soup
  3. Curries like Cabbage Curry
  4. Vegan Calzone recipe with meatballs
  5. Cold pasta salads are perfect for this preserved tomato
  6. Greek Couscous Salad recipe – Use instead of sun-dried tomatoes
  7. Best DAMN Tomato sandwich – you can use pickled tomatoes instead of plain tomatoes

8 Ways of preserving tomatoes

1. Make Ketchup

Making ketchup at home is so easy and healthier.  You get to control the salt and other ingredients.  Plus, you get to use fresh tomatoes

2. Make Cuban sofrito

Cuban sofrito is so versatile because you can use it in so many different recipes.  You can put them in so many different meals like burritos and enchiladas.

Plus, a sofrito recipe can last a really long time.  You can even freeze them in ice cubes and keep it for months.

3. Make tomato relish

My friend Deb at Bowl Me Over is seriously talented.  She posted this Tomato Relish recipe on my blog a while back and it has received so many, many compliments.

Its such an easy recipe and you get to use nothing but fresh tomatoes in it.

4. Oven roasted cherry tomatoes

Oven roasted cherry tomatoes are so good! You can eat them like candy! When roasted, the cherry tomatoes releases their juices and turns it into a sweet, yummy snack or topping.

If you have a tomato lover in your life, here are 10 gag gifts that you can give tomato lovers.

Preserving tomatoes

Front and closeup view of a jar filled with campari tomato and onions

Summer Pickled Tomatoes

How to preserve summer tomatoes
5 from 45 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 241 kcal


  • 3 tomatoes on the vine cut into wedges
  • 4 slices ginger thinly sliced, with skin on
  • Tbsp carom seeds AKA Ajwain Seeds
  • ¼ red onion julienned
  • ½ cup curly parsley finely diced
  • cup extra virgin olive oil or adjust according to your taste


  • Place the tomato wedges in a large bowl
  • Add the ginger slices
  • Top with carom seeds
  • Add the red onion
  • Add the curly parsley
  • Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil
  • Mix very well
  • Place the tomatoes in a glass mason jar
  • Place glass jar in a cool, dry and dark place
  • Use after about 5 hours of marination



– Use the pickled tomatoes within 2 weeks
– You can refrigerate the jar.  It will turn the olive oil into a solid mass.  To thaw, let it stay outside for about 2 hours.  Do not microwave the frozen olive oil
– If refrigerated, the pickled tomato can last about a month before they start to have fungus growing on them.
– Nutrition info is approximate


Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 540mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2800IUVitamin C: 46.3mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1.5mg
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  1. When I think of preserving tomatoes, I’m thinking of a product that will last 6-12 months. Do you have a pickling tomatoe recipe that will last this long?

    1. Hello Bev, thank you for your question. At this time, I don’t have a recipe that will make tomatoes last that long. What you could try is to make a salsa out of it and then freeze it. That can last you 6-12 months or longer. I have made salsa using similar ingredients in this recipe and kept it for about 4 months. So, I think you will have luck going the salsa route. The good thing about salsa is that it can be used in many recipes like marinating tofu, etc. Let me know how it works out for you.

  2. I’m confused. There is no vinegar in this recipe? With the name Pickled Tomatoes, I expected it to have vinegar. Do they not have the traditional “pickled” flavor? Is this more of a way to keep fresh tomatoes a bit longer?

    1. Thank you, Lisa. This is about preserving tomatoes and not necessarily pickling them. This is for keeping them fresh for about 2 weeks. You can also add vinegar. Just reduce the amount of oil. I am currently experimenting on a recipe and will post it later.

  3. This is such a delicious way to savor the summer bounty, especially when you get a nice and sweet tomato harvest. So simple and I agree that preserving is therapeutic! A jar of tomatoes would be a great holiday gift too!