It is quite amazing how grilling enhances the flavor of heirloom tomatoes.
I was perusing through the produce section at Whole Foods, looking for inspiration, when I saw them... beautiful locally grown organic heirloom tomatoes...on SALE!
yepp, these were coming home with me!
To honor such a beautiful ingredient, i decided to keep things simple and let these be the star of the dish.
Yes i know I'm a food nerd and proud of it!!! ;)
difficulty level: super easy
prep time: 2 minutes
cook time: 4 minutes per batch if using a smaller stove top grill, and 4 minutes total if using a larger outdoor grill.
equipment needed: stove top grill or outdoor grill
what you need:
- firm heirloom tomatoes sliced into slightly less then 1/2 inch slices on the horizontal; how many depends on the size of the tomatoes, i used one large yellow heirloom (it was very large) and 2 smaller red heirloom tomatoes.
- cooking oil spray
- salt and pepper to preference
- optional: fresh herbs, abut 1 tbsp each finely chopped basil & parsley
- optional: drizzled 1 tsp of basil oil or pesto
- optional: sprinkle a touch of vegan Parmesan
- if not vegan or dairy free, fresh mozzarella or a touch of Parmesan
what to do:
- thoroughly preheat grill on high
- on a large baking tray place tomato slices in one layer, sprinkle one side with salt and pepper to preference
- lightly spray the tomatoes with cooking oil
- thoroughly spray the grill with cooking oil once ready
- place tomato slices on grill, well spaced out; if you crowd the grill they will steam and you will not get that beautiful grill mark caramelization we are looking for.
- let tomatoes grill for 2 minutes, spray tomatoes with cooking oil and use a thin spatula to flip, cook 2 more minutes and transfer to a large plate or Tupperware.
If you transfer these to a tupperware, they will get a bit mushed up, and might not be as pretty for serving, but they will be JUST as delicious! Sprinkle with toppings of choice, add a touch more salt and pepper as needed, even drizzle with a bit of good balsamic vinegar.
This is so good by itself, or added to arugula or quinoa
Easy versatile and so good for you!