Grilled Fennel and Tomatoes with Basil

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. This month, we celebrate Recipes from the Garden!  Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.


I adore grilling in the summertime! It helps keep the house cooler since I am not using the oven or stove. Plus, grilling is synonymous with summer right?

Our garden is HUGE this year. Over flowing really. So I have been getting mighty creative with tomatoes. We can’t eat them fast enough it seems.

I gave fennel a shot this year and much to my surprise, it actually grew. I planted a lot just in case so we have fennel coming out of our ears as well!

I decided to mix these two garden treats together to create an easy recipe for the grill that really pop with flavor! It takes no time at all and the flavors in this recipe really come together.

Grilled Fennel and Tomatoes with Basil
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  1. 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut length-wise in ½ inch thick wedges
  2. 4 small sized tomatoes, halved (plum tomatoes work great otherwise something that size)
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil
  4. Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  5. 1/3 cup rough chopped fresh basil
  6. 1/4 cup olive oil
  7. Juice from one large lemon
  8. A sprinkle of fresh garlic
  1. Turn the grill on medium (or prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire).
  2. Rub the fennel and tomato halves with the ¼ cup of oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Place the fennel and tomatoes on the grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. You want the fennel slightly soft and the tomatoes lightly browned.
  4. Remove from the grill and place the fennel and tomatoes in a large bowl.
  5. Add the basil, olive oil, lemon, and garlic to the bowl and gently mix without turning the tomatoes to goop!
  6. This dish is best serve immediately to retain some of the warmth!
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  1. I’m jealous that you have so many tomatoes! I missed my chance to plant them, but would you know how kind Nature is to me, that some twenty tomato plants just popped up in my yard! They are late, and the first fruits are still only grape sized, but I’m really grateful to have them.
    I’ve never tried fennel, but I’ll surely have to. That recipe looks delicious!

  2. I so want to like fennel, and your preparation looks beautiful! We don’t have a grill, either, but this looks so delicious that I might just have to go get a little one and try it out!

  3. What a creative idea! I never thought to grill tomatoes. Looks lovely!

  4. That does look so lovely! I’m so jealous too – my tomatoes haven’t even flowered yet! We’ll have to try this when they do!

  5. rochelle haynes says:

    love to try this

  6. Janet Roberson says:

    I am really going to have to try this recipe. I have not found a way to make fennel yet that I enjoy. I love most veg roasted so this will be next up on my list for a meatless day.


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