Grill on-the-vine tomatoes for a simple, stunning summer starter


Often, the best dishes are the simplest. This is illustrated perfectly by this recipe for grilled tomatoes on the vine with burrata. Tomatoes with mozzarella is one of my favorite combinations, and I love it even when the tomatoes are less than perfect and the mozzarella is a little bland. But take a bunch of cherry tomatoes on the vine, grill them and serve them with burrata and some grilled bread and you’ve got an amazing dish!

Grilled tomatoes and burrata

This will become your go-to appetizer of summer. It is delicious and luxurious, but simple to make. The hardest thing about this recipe is making sure that the cherry tomatoes don’t fall off the vine! Can’t find burrata? Substitute a large ball of fresh mozzarella.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

2 clusters cocktail tomatoes on the vine

Extra-virgin olive oil

Flaked sea salt

16-ounce ball of burrata or fresh mozzarella cheese

Ground black pepper

Artisan bread or ciabatta, to serve

Heat a grill to medium-low.

Carefully rinse the tomatoes, but leave them on the vine. Drizzle oil over the tomatoes and lightly rub it in, then sprinkle them lightly with salt.

Place the tomatoes, vine side up, directly on the grill’s cooking grate. Grill with the lid down for about 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are warmed through and blackened in spots. Gently remove the tomatoes.

Place the cheese on a serving plate and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then arrange the tomatoes around it. Serve with bread to sop up the juice from the tomatoes and the burrata.

Nutrition information per serving: 480 calories; 250 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 27 g fat (13 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 65 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 19 g protein; 620 mg sodium.