Lemon Risotto with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

lemon risottoHere’s a wonderful summery risotto filled with bright flavors of lemon that has roasted cherry tomatoes folded inside, it’s the perfect side dish for any type of grilled fish!
garden tomatoes Also a brilliant way to use up some of those cherry tomatoes you might have exploding in your garden like me. I’m guaranteed a bowl full everyday from my garden so I’m constantly thinking of different ways to use them up.

lemon risottoThat’s why I was thrilled when I came across this recipe from an old bon appetit  magazine. The original recipe folds in arugula at the end but I opted not to do that, I don’t think it needed it, also the original recipe includes rosemary and thyme, I eliminated those and just added more fresh parsley. While my tomatoes were roasting in the oven at 400 degrees I had a separate pan roasting thin lemon slices for garnish, (watch those they don’t take long!) I also added a little more lemon zest and grated parmesan to the risotto because my theory is, “more is better”. My suggestion to you is, taste as you go!
cedar planked salmon I served the risotto with cedar planked salmon, the bright citrusy flavors paired so well with the smoky salmon.

cedar planked salmonMy daughters favorite way of preparing salmon is brushing it with coconut oil and topping it with salt, pepper, lemon slices and fresh cilantro.
cedar planked salmon This one was brushed with olive oil, finely smashed garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley. Soak your planks for a few hours beforehand then keep outdoor grill around 400 degrees, the time it takes will depend on the size and thickness of the fish.

This was such a perfect summertime meal!

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  1. Isn’t that a beautiful risotto! In fact, the entire meal looks terrific. I always enjoy coming to see what you have made. Your food is always so tempting, and you always showcase foods I know I’d be pleased and proud to bring to my own table. Seriously, your site always makes me want to eat. I’d say that is a good thing!

  2. Every single thing in this post looks incredible, Marie!

  3. Oh Marie, what an absolutely beautiful, fresh risotto so perfect for summer cherry tomatoes! The salmon is to die for! Pinning on my Deliciously Italian board for all 14,000 followers on that board alone to see!


  4. I swear, we have eaten cherry tomatoes and heirlooms every night in some shape or form! I love summer just for the tomatoes………………….I never get tired of these dishes. Beautiful risotto! xo

  5. I love serving a rice side with fish –they go together so well. The roasted cherry tomatoes and lemons are such wonderful garnishes –they make the food look so bright and flavorful!

  6. What a meal! Everything looks so fresh and delicious. I haven’t cooked salmon on a plank in ages. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Now that is a great idea for my cherry tomatoes – just like you I can harvest a big bowl a day!

  8. I am craving for salmon right now. The photo you took is so appetizing. I want to try the risotto recipe too.

  9. can’t wait to try these recipes! Thanks

  10. I so wish I were having all of this for dinner tonight. But not going to happen – at least not tonight. This beautiful risotto will be on my dinner plate later this week. I too, have some cherry tomatoes looking for a home.

  11. Why, oh, why, did I give away my cedar plank! Silly woman.

  12. What a fabulous meal! Love risottos and your photos of everything are gorgeous. Makes me want to run out and get salmon immediately. 🙂 I’ve got toms, lemons and arborio rice so I’ll be making this in the next few days.

  13. nancy. pearson says:

    thank you for all your deliciousness!!!
    hope i win!!!
    thank you!!!
    nance. >^,,^<