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.

Grilled Tomatoes with Herbs and Lemon

These are great as a side dish or on a burger or sandwich.

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jul 28, 2011

Serves: 8

Total time: 15 min

Grilled

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 large tomatoes
Instructions:
  1. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. In a small bowl, combine garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, oregano, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper.
  2. Halve the tomatoes crosswise and brush cut sides with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Place them, cut side down, onto grill. Grill for 4 minutes. Flip the tomatoes and grill until skins begin to char, 3 minutes. Transfer to serving plate, cut sides up, and drizzle the lemon-herb mixture over top. Serve warm.