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Grilled tomatoes with herbs and lemon

Mmmm, I love summer. I plan to enjoy every morsel of summer sun that shines upon our sometimes-frigid state. We Minnesotans are funny like that. In the summertime, if we are not working, we are ALWAYS outside. Every single one of us. Every lake, sidewalk and waterpark is packed full of people. In the spring, when it's, you know, 40 degrees, you can find us all outside donning short-sleeved shirts. I blame it on the intense winters we endure. They make us crazy! We certainly do appreciate our outdoor/warm sun time (or anything above 40-degree sun time).

If we are not throwing frisbees in a park or taking our kids down waterslides, we are grilling! Nothing screams "I love warm weather!" quite like grilling. My husband and I grill a lot. Well, he works a lot this time of year, so we grill as much as we can. The other night while he grilled some delicious burgers for dinner, I grilled tomatoes! Dear goodness, these were fantastic! They were super easy and packed full of flavor.

Heat a grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, combine:

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste

Halve 4 large tomatoes crosswise and brush the cut sides with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Place them cut-side down onto the grill. Grill for 4 minutes. Flip the tomatoes and grill until the skins begin to char, 3 minutes. 

Transfer to a serving plate, cut sides up.

Drizzle the lemon-herb mixture over top, and serve warm.

That night I ate just what you see in the photo. A burger and two grilled tomatoes.

The next day, I added a leftover grilled tomato to a turkey sandwich. YUM.

And that night, I added a leftover grilled tomato to a leftover burger. YUM YUM.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (14)

I love the garlicky herby sprinkles on those beautiful tomatoes. Would be perfect with a lot of things.

07.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdora's Box

This looks like such a refreshing way to serve my fav summer veg!!

Love this!!! I cant believe I have never tried something like this before cause I love grilled and roasted tomatoes. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful! It really is hard to beat summer tomatoes!

I love simple tomato recipes in the summer! These look delicious! Can't wait to try this out when my tomatoes are finally ready to be harvested!

07.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

These tomatoes look amazing! So simple, but so delicious!

Oh my worrrrrd...those tomatoes are so beautifully decorated! Okay, this is dinner's side dish for tonight! Thank you!!

07.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

These are ACE! My husband will go Lady Gaga over these, he just adores tomatoes and whinges cause I never make them :) Buzzed!

07.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Such a beautiful and drool-worthy recipe! We've been grilling so much this summer too because it's just too hot to heat up the kitchen.

oh my goodness, i'm in love with your tomatoes. Garlic+herbs+tomatoes = LOVE

07.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoxana GreenGirl

Beautifully grilled and dressed tomatoes...very lovely!

08.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

Excellent work. The true sign of a grill master. I am always cooking my protein on the grill and looking for a more creative side than plain veggies. This is a winner. Thanks for the post!

08.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

What a simple but very gorgeous way of serving tomatoes!

Will be having this for dinner tonight! Thanks.

08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittylicious

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