Grilled Green Tomatoes With Quinoa, Blue Cheese, AND Some Bacon Love!

If life gives you lemons, you always make lemonade.  BUT what if life gave you green tomatoes….what should you make?  In the south you immediately think, fried green tomatoes.  Which by the way are AMAZING!!!  However, since my hubby and I are on a grilling kick lately, how about instead of fried, we do grilled green tomatoes?

This week hubby and I will be sharing two posts together, we made bbq chicken pizza and we had to make another beef brisket.  So stay tuned for more grilling fun!

Last week in my Watermelon Lime Sorbet post, I shared about my farmers market stop in Pageland, South Carolina.  Well on that same stop I also found these beauties, I had to buy them for sure!

Growing up I always loved when my Mom made stuffed green peppers.  The idea of stuffing a vegetable with delicious treats is genius to me.  I mean hey, we were always told to eat our veggies…..BUT sometimes we need new ideas for eating vegetables.

If you have never had a green tomato, just remember it tastes completely different from a red tomato.  That may sound weird to you, but it’s just a tomato that is not ripe yet.  The sweetness you have in a ripe tomato is there, along with a little tart flavor too.

Since the green tomatoes are under ripe, they will also be a bit firm.  So when you hollow out the inside of the tomato, be ready to maybe break a sweat….just a little though.  I used a melon baller to hollow out the tomatoes, it worked pretty well actually.  Make sure to get enough of the core out, try to have the sides thin, but not too thin.

This recipe is a little of this, and a little of that, so have fun with it for sure.  It can easily become a vegetarian dish, and it is a gluten free treat.  I had three tomatoes, and I had left over quinoa mixture, so you could use maybe 6 tomatoes.

Yields 6

Grilled Green Tomatoes With Quinoa, Blue Cheese, AND Of Course Bacon!

A tart, but sweet green tomato, filled with your favorite treats!

30 minsPrep Time

20 minsCook Time

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3 green tomatoes, hollowed out (may need 6, I only had 3 available)
1 cup uncooked quinoa (will make about 2 cups)
1/2 lb of bacon, cook until extra crispy, diced
0.3 oz/1/3 lb of blue cheese crumbles (you could use less, it was strong on flavor)
Green tomato that was cored out, diced


Hollow out green tomatoes until sides are slightly thin.

In a medium pot, cook quinoa with 2 cups of water. Once quinoa is cooked, mix in bacon, blue cheese crumble, and diced green tomato.

Fill quinoa mixture tightly into the tomato, and then place on vegetable pan for grill, grill for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until tomato is softened.

When the tomato is completely grilled, it is time to enjoy!


I decided why not top the cooked tomatoes with MORE cheese?  I topped them with a little bit of mozzarella just for fun, and it looked pretty!

We complimented this side dish with baby back ribs, it was perfect.  Hubby and I agreed with the tart flavor in the green tomatoes, you need to pair them with specific foods carefully.

You definitely could use a green bell pepper instead, it would be fantastic complimented with baby back ribs.

The blue cheese was intense, and if you are not into intense cheeses, you may want to use less, or mix in a mild white cheese like mozzarella.  Using a stronger cheese IS fun in this dish.

There is a lot of bacon love happening here, and that makes my tummy happy!

Have you ever had a green tomato? 

Have you ever had a fried green tomato? 

What is your favorite way to prepare a green tomato?


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  • kitchenriffs
    Mmmm, I love fried green tomatoes.  But I've never had one stuffed.  Great idea - these should taste awesome with the ribs.  And blue cheese and bacon in the stuffing?  Happy, happy mouth.  Really nice recipe - thanks.
    •  Thank you so much!  It really was a fun recipe, I think I need to make it again soon:-) Take care, Terra
  • I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time last summer...darn tasty! And here you've paired them with 3 of my favorite could it be anything but amazing!!!?
    •  I finally tried green tomatoes when I moved to the South, I truly was missing out all these years:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Junia Kim
    i love the green tomatoes stuffed with quinoa!! hope you are well terra :) ps - add this to our #tomatolove bloghop!
    •  It is wonderful to see you Junia!!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!  Just added my post to the TomatoLove!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Kim Bee
    I can't eat tomatoes unless they are super cooked down. Weird, not sure why. If I touch a raw one my body goes nuts. But hubs loves them so I must try this for him. He would go bonkers if I made this.
    •  Oh make sure these are cooked down too, they taste fantastic that way!  I hope your hubby enjoys!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs,Terra
  • I love green tomatoes even though they are not easily found here! Great idea stuffing them and I think that cheese cannot be strong enough! The good thing with stuffing tomatoes such as this is that you can vary a few as my husband certainly does not like strong cheese so I could go for a milder variant for him. Looks delicious!
    •  Thank you so much!  I wish green tomatoes were easier to find, they are such a unique, and delicious treat:-) Hugs, Terra
  • oh gosh oh gosh!! This looks so amazing!! I looove quinoa too! Much healthier than most other grains!
    •  I adore quinoa too, it is fantastic in everything:-) Thank you so much! Hugs,Terra
  • Growing up I learned that green tomatoes were just as good as red ones!  However, I've never stuffed one. These look fabulous!  BTW - made the watermelon lime sorbet yesterday.  YUM!!!!!
    •  Oh I am sooooo excited to hear you made the watermelon sorbet, thank you for sharing!  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Never would have thought of this...and I don't think I've ever had a green tomato other than fried!  This is wonderful and I'm excited to try it out!
    •  Thank you so much!  It is a fun change up from the traditional fried green tomato for sure:-)  I hope you enjoy! Take care, Terra
  • love this tasty and super creative 
    •  Thank you so much! Hugs,Terra
  • What a creative, healthy and delicious sounding recipe!
    •  Thank you so much!  It really was fun to make:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
    Oh man! These look to die for, I thought you'd be frying them but these look way better :) Great post..
    •  Thank you so much!  Definitely these are better than frying them:-) Take care, Terra
  • I've been living on bacon and blue cheese this summer since I have a Cobb salad once a week.  Stuffing green tomatoes with bacon and blue cheese, then adding some 'healthy' with the quinoa, is another 'Terra masterpiece'.  You are so creative!  Now, let's batter and deep fry these stuffed green tomaoes, just to taste ;D
    •  Living on bacon and blue cheese, that may not be a good idea, LOL!!!  That being said, I totally would eat it every day too, ha ha ha!!! Thank you for always being so kind, you are fantastic!  Now time to fry up some green tomatoes, LOL!! Hugs,Terra
  • justonecookbook
    Oh wow this is so creative and very delicious!  This is a great example of not only it looks pretty but very delicious food!
    •  Thank you for your kind words:-) Hugs,Terra
  • This is such a great idea. And it makes for great presentation too! 
    •  Thank you so much my friend! Hugs, Terra
  • These tomatoes look heaven sent my friend :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    •  They were pretty heavenly!  Thank you so much, Hugs,Terra
  • We don't often see green tomatoes here in Australia and in fact, I had never heard of them before the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes.  I love how you have stuffed them and blue cheese and bacon is such a delicious flavour combination.  These look so pretty and inviting and I know they'd be good for me too xx
    •  That is when I was on a mission to try fried green tomatoes, after watching the movie:-)  They are really delicious!  Thank you so much, Hugs,Terra
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    I love stuffed veggies, too. I don't blame you for not being able to pass these beauties up at the farmer's market. They look amazing!
    •  They are just too pretty!  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Spicyrdeastewart
    Love this idea, especially with additional melted cheese on top. No, I have never had a green tomato, but you really make me want to try one! P.S. Check out my latest gives you green tomatoes, but it gives me rosemary :-) Hope you're enjoying your summer!
    • Oh my word, you so need to find some green tomatoes, you will love love them:-)  Summer is busy, but having fun grilling for sure:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • fullbellysisters
    SO many of my favorite ingredients in one dish - holy moley!
    • I know, it was like pure happiness on one plate!  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • This looks SO good!! I love new ways to use green tomatoes. 
    • It really is fun, and simple really!  Enjoy:-) Thank you so much! hugs, Terra
  • I never had green tomatoes... where in the world did i come from?  does it taste like the red ones?  i love stuffed veggies, it's like you are open for a surprise every single bite :) happy summer!malou
    • Hi Malou, Yes, it tastes like a tomato, but with a tart taste too.  It is just a under ripe tomato after all:-)  Green tomatoes are truly delicious!  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terrra
  • [email protected] and Biscuits
    I love green tomatoes and the idea of stuffing and grilling is genius!
    • Thank you so much!  Hugs, Terra
  • I adore green tomatoes, and living in Seattle we tend to end up  with a lot of them. I've done Fried Green Tomatoes before, of course, but the idea of stuffing them with quinoa, bacon, and blue cheese is brilliant! I wonder if you could do them like a sort of chili rilleno also, but with tomatoes in lieu of peppers...hmmmm.
    • I actually was thinking about making them like a chili relleno, but because we grilled them, thought it would be too messy:-)  But for sure, I bet them would be amazing like that:-)  Thank you so much! BTW-I love love your blog name:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Blue cheese and quinoa?!??!?! Mamma mia this sounds good! 
    • Hi sweet friend, and lucky winner of a trip to Rome!!!  You are awesome:-)  Thank you so much, this dish really was fun! Hugs, Terra
  • Well my favorite I did not prepare! I just found a new restaurant in town that I love. Small and with such a warm environment (probably part of that is because it's small) and some amazing dishes. Breakfast is served all day so I had fried green tomatoes with greens, poached eggs and hollandaise. SO good and now I want more green tomatoes so you must have known, right? These look so good; I'm not a fan of green pepper, this is a great idea for a receptacle! 
  • This is so delicious! I love stuffed food and this is right up my alley!
  • Now you just know I'm a 'Whistle Stop Cafe' fan and am always looking for a new twist on FGTs!  This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing, knocked a homerun!! xo  ally
  • i love stuffed up things too.. and green tomatoes and quinoa.. perfect!
  • Love green tomatoes and this recipe sure look like a winner!Love the fact that you grilled these :)Healthy and delish!!
  • Mel
    Glad I found this recipe on your site. I received some green tomatoes in my CSA this week and was wondering what to do with them. Can't wait to give this a whirl.
  • momwhats4dinner
    Looks delicious Terra, I grew up on pickled tomatoes so I think I will enjoy this a lot! :)