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Grilled Green Tomatoes with Red and Yellow Tomato-Basil Salsa

Lisa Romerein
Yield Makes about 6 servings
Prep and Cook Time: about 50 minutes. Notes: The riper and sweeter the tomatoes, the better the salsa will be. You can make the salsa up to 4 hours ahead; cover and chill, unless you'll be using it within an hour.


  • 6 unripe (green) tomatoes (8 oz. each)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram or oregano leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (red, yellow, golden, green, or a combination; see notes)
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red sweet pepper (such as bell or Gypsy)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh green or purple basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh hot chile such as jalapeño or habanero

Nutrition Information

  • calories 161
  • caloriesfromfat 56 %
  • protein 3.3 g
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 18 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • sodium 31 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse unripe tomatoes. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, discarding stem ends and bottoms. In a large bowl, gently mix tomato slices, olive oil, half the garlic, and the marjoram. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.

  2. Meanwhile, rinse and core the ripe tomatoes; cut in half crosswise. Squeeze tomato halves slightly to remove seeds. Chop tomatoes and put in a bowl. Add the remaining garlic and the onion, red pepper, basil, lime juice, and chile. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Lift unripe tomatoes from marinade and lay on an oiled grill over a solid bed of medium coals or medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds); cover gas grill. Cook, turning once, until tomatoes are nicely browned, 6 to 10 minutes total. Arrange on a platter and spoon the ripe-tomato salsa over the top.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Flea St. Cafe, Menlo Park, CA