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Bright, flavorful Greek-style chimichurri adds snappy fresh flavor to the gorgeously sweet sun gold tomatoes.

Bright, flavorful Greek-style chimichurri adds snappy fresh flavor to the gorgeously sweet sun gold tomatoes. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

If you are growing cherry tomatoes in your garden, it’s always a happy, summer moment when you first see them ripening on the vine. Picking one off and eating it right away, you get that first sweet, juicy pop of flavor and a sense of accomplishment (even if this particular plant is known for its low maintenance requirements).

“This summer, sungolds from Balsam Farms are extra sweet and delicious,” says chef Philippe Corbet of the East End-focused Alchemy Hospitality. “All the rain and the heat have been great for local, summer vegetables.”

Corbet would know. As executive chef of Duryea’s (Montauk and Orient) and Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor, his love of working closely with local purveyors to source the best ingredients is evident in his seasonal menus for the restaurants and special events. 

“I love doing grazing tables,” says Corbet about a recent event at Duryea’s that included all local farm produce and hummus dips as its centerpiece. “They look phenomenal and help to bring people together in conversation.”

Chef Philippe Corbet likes sourcing his local sungolds from Balsam Farms. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

One such passed app offered at the Orient Point location embraces the simplicity of charred Balsam Farms sungold tomatoes, skewered with grilled halloumi, a salty cheese from Cypress made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. Drizzled with Greek chimichurri, the fresh oregano, garlic and lemon all create a perfect summer bite as a starter to a great meal.

“I consider it Mediterranean finger food,” says Corbet of the mini kebab, “very light and fresh, and the grilled halloumi creates a luxurious effect.”

Have a hearty haul of cherry tomatoes? Corbet suggests following the skewers with a grilled fish like a branzino or striped bass accompanied with them. “Toss the cherry tomatoes with capers, kalamata olives, a little harissa, lemon juice, quickly sautée and finish with a great olive oil,” says Corbet. “ You can even use the same Greek chimichurri, which goes very well with grilled fish.”

A lot of great things can come from a small fruit!

Pour your guests a Greek white wine like Assyrtiko or a crisp Sancerre, pass these grilled heirloom cherry tomato and halloumi with Greek chimichurri skewers on a lovely platter, and enjoy this delicious, conversation starter.

Chef Philippe Corbet’s sungold tomato and grilled halloumi skewers

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes


  • 1 to 2 pints Balsam Farms sungold or heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 9 oz hunks of halloumi cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

For the Greek chimichurri

  • 4 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp za'atar
  • 1 handful fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 6 lemons, 1 zested, all juiced
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Mix all the chimichurri ingredients in a blender until smooth. Reserve in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  • On a long, cocktail-sized bamboo skewer soaked in water for 30 minutes, thread the tomato, then halloumi, and repeat.
  • Transfer the skewers to a baking sheet, brush each with Greek chimichurri.
  • Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Place the baking sheet with the skewers directly on the grill.
  • Carefully flip occasionally, until the cheese begins to melt and char and the tomatoes are about to burst, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with more Greek chimichurri,  garnish with small oregano leaves, finely chopped chives, sorrel, or torn mint, and serve immediately.