Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes

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Growing up, I remember summer was filled with an abundance of zucchini, rhubarb and tomatoes. According to me, zucchini was best served as bread, rhubarb was best served as crisp and tomatoes were best served to someone else. I was not a fan of tomatoes.

Actually, I still do not care for plain tomatoes, unless they are in a salad. I like my tomatoes made into something. And I must say, these Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes are definintely something!

Of course you can’t go wrong with balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and garlic. In fact, that makes for a pretty common (and tasty) vinaigrette.  The role of the marinade in this dish is perfectly subtle.   

What takes these tomatoes from ordinary to extraordinary is in the grilling. The charring from the grill, combined with the marinade, results in tomatoes literally bursting with fresh flavor.  Topped with Parmesan cheese, Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes are an easy, healthy, and delicious side dish made on grill.

Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes
Yields 4 servings (2 tomato halves per serving)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 medium tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon grated fresh Parmesan cheese

  1. In a wide shallow bowl (13 x 9 baking dish works well) mix together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.
  2. Add tomatoes, and turn to coat them on all sides.
  3. Prepare grill: brush grates with oil or spray with cooking spray, and preheat to medium high.
  4. Place tomatoes, cut sides down, on the grill rack.  Brush once with remaining marinade, and then discard marinade.  Grill about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until tomatoes begin to blister, soften and brown.  (Note:  They can burn easily so keep an eye on them.)
  5. Remove the tomatoes from grill and top with parmesan cheese.  Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Adapted from Health, June, 2007


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  1. My hubby would love these.

  2. @Kim Bee: My hubby loved them too! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  3. Yummy I love tomatoes!! 🙂

  4. Christine's Pantry says:

    Great recipe. Will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh I always make a roasted version, but marinating and grilling them sounds even better!!

  6. I love grilled tomatoes – and the herb marinade? FANTASTIC! I’m going to enjoy making this one!!

  7. Grilled to perfection! Fantastic photography – thank you for the post!

  8. @Christine: Thank you! 🙂

    @Kelly: Thanks for the comment! 🙂

    @Ann: Thank you! I thought you might like this with all the grilling you do.

    @Lindselicious: The flavor of grilled tomatoes can’t be beat. Roasting would be a good alternative for the winter months though. Thanks for the comment!

    @Viviane: Thank you so much for the kind words!

  9. I saw this on foodbuzz and I can’t wait to try it, I just did some recently in the oven but now I must try it on the grill.

  10. This sounds delicious! Grilled tomatoes are one of my favorites =)