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Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Lemon

Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Lemon

This was a wonderful side dish! I loved the sweet grilled tomatoes with the tangy and flavorful drizzle of olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, and lemon juice – it was a perfect combination of flavors. My son even liked this dish and he’s not a fan of cooked tomatoes. The rest of us really loved them and gobbled every last one up.

Grilled Tomatoes and Basil, Garlic, and Lemon:


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Juice & zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped finely
  • Several small tomatoes
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Lemon

How to Make Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Lemon

Whisk the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest and juice, and fresh basil together in a small bowl until well combined.

Heat a grill to medium heat (or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat). Slice the tomatoes in half crosswise then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Place, cut side down, on the grill. Grill until charred, about 2 minutes for small tomatoes, 4 minutes for large. With a metal spatula, flip the tomatoes and grill until the skins blister and begin to char, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer tomatoes to a serving platter, and drizzle with the basil, garlic, and lemon oil. Serve tomatoes warm or at room temperature. Enjoy.

Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Lemon


Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net


Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Everyday Food – August 2011


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  1. I am such a tomato lover and this is a perfect example. I love this recipe. Can't wait to make it!!!

  2. it doesnt just look delicious but i'm certain that's a nutritious side dish idea! a must try! cant wait to go to my kitchen! thanks for posting!

  3. Simple but so delicious. I always have Iranian kebabs with grilled tomatoes,but never tried them this way…till now.

  4. I love tomatoes any way I can get them, but I especially love them grilled and roasted. This dish look delicious, Pam!

    Kim in MD

  5. Beautiful! I love grilling tomatoes and topping them with a little cheese… this way sounds even better!!!

  6. These are SO adorable! And they look absolutely delicious. I love simple little apps/sides like this 🙂


  7. Oh yummy! I love the flavor that the grill gives vegetables. Soaking up as much BBQin as I can while it's still summer.

  8. How cute are those tomatoes!!! I can't believe I used to hate them. Now, my family has embraced them and we love them. And this looks like such a cute little appetizer for realizing summer nights 🙂

  9. These tomatoes looks SO delicious, great idea to grill them – going to give these a try!

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