Grilled Tomato “Lollipop” Toasts & our Favorite Cherry Tomato Varieties {Video}

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This recipe story is updated with a new video. Enjoy! This is the first in a series we’re sharing for Summer on our favorite heirloom tomatoes that we’re growing. And we’ll have a delicious recipe included too! You can visit all our tomato recipes on our tomato page.  

Oh we know they’re not really lollipops. But when we were grilling these little red jewels the term “tomato skewers” sounded so mundane. After plucking these super sweet cherry tomatoes from their vines, they were so cute and plump, it sounded more appropriate (and fun) to call them lollipops. Because they’re so sweet like candy during this time of year, it only made sense to call them lollipops if we jabbed them on a stick.

Summer screams of bbq and we’re constantly heating up our grill to cook up what ever flavors epitomize the season. Our five varieties of cherry tomatoes are peaking out as they normally do this time of year. They’re always the first to explode when the first hear wave arrives and this year, a week long of heat and humidity accelerated their growth and ripeness quicker than ever before. Yay!
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Our cherry tomato plants are going bonkers, meaning they just don’t know when to stop producing fruit. We’re not asking them to stop either. Luckily, we’ve had family and friends visit so much for the last 4 weeks that all the cherry tomatoes are going to good homes and bellies. Nothing is better than sending home a basket full of vine ripened cherry tomatoes.

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We’ve always grown Sweet One Hundred cherry tomatoes and enjoyed their wonderful bounty. But last year we found a variety called Sweet Million and have been hooked ever since. The difference between the two is that we find the Sweet Million to produce much more cherry tomatoes on longer branches and they’re sweeter. We always wait till they turn a deep red on the vine to where they want to just fall off the vine at the slightest touch. This is when the cherry tomato is at it’s sweetest and like candy. Last Summer we were making tomato bacon pizza’s like mad and never got tired of eating them.

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Sugar cherry tomatoes are new to our garden this year and they’re mind blowing amazing. Even when they’re in their orange/red color stage, they’re still super sweet. And if you wait till they fall off the vine, they’re just like their name– Sugar sweet!

Yellow pear and as always, sun gold cherry tomatoes are in the garden again and we couldn’t be happier. Their color and beauty is always a treat to have in the garden. Our friends and family love plucking these varieties and adding it to their to-go basket of red cherries. It’s like a rainbow in a basket.

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So what do we do with all these cherry tomatoes? This weekend we grilled them on the bbq and call them our tomato “lollipops”! Have you ever grilled your cherry tomatoes? They’re super amazing and the texture is like roasted tomatoes, but you don’t have to turn on your hot oven in the Summer. And best of all, they have the wonderful bbq flavor to them.

A simple way to enjoy these grilled tomato skewer “lollipops” is on grilled bread and swiped with a nice layer of ricotta cheese. Summer can’t get any better than this.

Make sure to make a big platter of these little skewer lollipops for your gathering because they’re sure to be a hit. They’re so good, your guests will probably just eat them off the skewers like candy too!

Happy Summer,

diane and todd

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Grilled Tomato Skewers on Toast Recipe

Yield: Serves 3-4

Total Time: 30 min

There are a number of ways to enjoy these bbq tomato skewers. Serve them as a side dish, as a snack or on anything you want. They're so good, they might not make it past the bbq!
Watch the video on the written blog post.


  • about 1 pound of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • about 10-12, 8" bamboo skewers
  • Sliced crusty bread
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese, softened goat cheese or your favorite cheese. Or even pesto is great!


  1. Soak and fully immerse bamboo skewers in water for about 30 minutes
  2. In large bowl, combine oil, Worcestershire and garlic. Allow marinade to sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Wash and dry cherry tomatoes. Remove the stems if you want. Keeping them on just makes them prettier, then you can pull them off before serving.
  4. Add cherry tomatoes to marinade bowl and toss to combine and coat tomatoes.
  5. Skewer about 4-5 tomatoes on each bamboo skewer. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste on each tomato skewer.
  6. Heat Grill to medium/high heat.
  7. Reserve the leftover marinade and brush them on the sliced crusty bread. If you need more marinade, just add a little more oil to the bowl.
  8. Grill tomato skewers on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until they are cooked. Cooking time will vary depending on the heat of your grill and size of your cherry tomatoes.
  9. After tomatoes are cooked, grill both sides of the bread till crispy.
  10. Spread cheese on slices of bread and top with tomatoes. Remove stems if you want before serving.
  11. Makes about 10-12 skewers.
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  1. Marie

    These tomatoes look incredible! Such a vibrant colour. You can’t beat them homegrown, off the vines from the garden. Delicious!
    Marie x

  2. Chloe

    Delicious. This has satisfied my bruschetta cravings, super easy to whip up and a great way to use up all of the garden tomatoes. I found this recipe on pinterest. I’ve also taken your suggestion and planted sweet millions tomatoes this year. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Sara @ Don't Feed After Midnight

    Any recommendations on what would be used instead of Worcestershire sauce to make it vegetarian?

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Sara,
      We’ll often use soy sauce as a vegetarian substitution for Worcestershire sauce. We’ve had others mention to us that there is also vegan Worcestershire sauce available, but we haven’t noticed it while shopping.

  4. Thomas Naef

    Wow… these are absolutely adorable, and it’s such a great idea for fresh summer tomatoes!

  5. Kate @Framed Cooks

    I’ve never had your luck growing my own tomatoes, but this recipes is TOTALLY worth a separate trip to the store to pick some up! Plus the lollipop look is irresistible. :)

  6. Jeff

    Yum! Nothing is better than really good roasted tomatoes on toasted bread. I love the use of ricotta. I hadn’t considered that.

  7. Jeff @

    These tomato lollipops looks very cute!

  8. Lisa (Panning The Globe)

    Simple and beautiful recipe! I’m going to make this and I’m also going to share this with all my foodie friends. I love simple rustic dishes like this, that bring out the best in an ingredient.

  9. pris

    hi there!

    is there an alternative to grilling it, besides using a grill pan? would roasting in the oven work?


    1. White on Rice Couple

      Sure. Roast it, pan sear it. Any of those would work.

  10. Roberta

    Beautiful ans simple.
    This is really my kind of food!

    have a beautiful summer!

  11. Miranda

    These cherry tomatoes make me mouth-watering. Such a fantastic recipe!
    I’ve never thought about growing it until seeing your gorgeous lollipop. Now I’m about to run for finding how to grow it. LOL

    Again, thanks for sharing.

  12. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

    What a great idea! These are the perfect snack to serve to friends at summer cookouts.

  13. SteveC

    These are superb, especially when still warm. I used farmer’s cheese instead of ricotta and cut the tomatoes in half and cooked them on a grill pan (I live in an apartment and don’t have a regular grill). I also added some torn-up basil leaves. I ended up making three batches for dinner and didn’t eat anything else :)

  14. Lana

    simplistic yet that! Great photos …anything on a stick is playful.

  15. Waiting on Martha (@WaitingonMartha)

    First off, these tomatoes may be the most perfect things ever! Love these photos, and always enjoy a perfectly grilled veggie skewer! Yum – thanks for reminding me to do this soon! xo Big Hugs @ Waiting on Martha

  16. Rachelle @ Sweet Home Pasadena

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!! We have quite the abundance of cherry tomatoes, as well, so I am absolutely making these tomorrow!! :)

  17. naleśniki

    That Tomato looks fantastic – I think you made the right choice :) Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    These are my kind of lollipops :)

  19. dervla

    ok this is one the reasons i wish i had a grill…can i do these on my stovetop? I know they won’t have that same blistered taste but i could still do it, right?

  20. Rochelle Ramos

    I try to grow tomatoes every year, especially cherry ones. They were always in my garden growing up so they have to be in it now that I’m older! I usually just pull them off the vine, give ’em a quick rinse and pop them in my mouth, but I’ve been noticing so many little green ones showing up all at once that grilling a few “lollypops” once they are all bright red seems like the right thing to do with them. Thank you for the great idea!

  21. El Cajón de las Especias

    Magnificent grilled cherry tomatoes!
    To put them on toast are wonderful!

    ‘Spicy’ greetings

  22. Norma

    Delicious! I love tomatoes. These look perfect.

  23. Nik@ABrownTable

    These represent summer, deliciously!

  24. Susan Williams

    Came back to tell you that we grilled these last night, along with some sourdough bread that we’d rubbed with garlic, and slathered them with goat cheese and sprinkled them with a few basil leaves. And also sautéed some kale with olive oil and garlic, and added a few greens on our open-faced sandwiches while we were at it. And it was one of the most soul-satisfying summer meals! Gosh , I love summer!

  25. Heather @ French Press

    the PERFECT summer dish, what more could you need

  26. Emily

    I kinda wish we were having this for dinner. Tonight.

  27. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Just had teeny tomatoes on chicken shish kebob. It is amazing how much flavor those little buggers add. And this looks so good. It is going on my summer grill and into my mouth!

  28. Terry Covington

    Your garden looks just ethereal, and the tomatoes are like jewels of the best kind. You have me hungering for cherry tomatoes now, and I am eager to try the recipe, although I will have to roast them in the oven as I don’t have a grill.

  29. Annalise

    Our cherry tomatoes aren’t quite ripe yet, but I can’t wait to try this!

  30. Lindsay

    These. Look. Incredible.

  31. Liz@HoosierHomemade

    We love cherry tomatoes! Here in Indiana, we are even close to enjoying our harvest yet. I’ll definitely be adding your tomato recipes to my list.

  32. Gerry @ foodness gracious

    Lollipops sound way better than skewers! They’re such a hot ticket right now in the stores and this is a perfect way to use them.

  33. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Love these tomato skewers! Cherry tomatoes are our kiddos favorites!

  34. Susan Williams

    So summer! So beautifully presented!

  35. Andi

    Beyond delish!

  36. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    These are absolutely adorable, and it’s such a great idea for fresh summer tomatoes!

  37. Deborah @ Delicious Happens

    What a great idea!

  38. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    looks amazing!

  39. Tieghan

    These are adorable! I love these simple summer flavors. This is a perfect app or light meal!

  40. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I’m all over this!! LOVE!

    1. Melody@SOI

      Looks delicious! I’ve never had your luck growing my own tomatoes, but this recipes is TOTALLY worth a separate trip to the store to pick some up! Plus the lollipop look is irresistible.

  41. Angie

    These are so cute! What a great way to use garden tomatoes, love it!

  42. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I’ll gladly put down my TootsiePops for these kind of lollipops. They look incredible – I love tomatoes and yours are perfection. Pinned!

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