Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce

Heirloom Tomato Tart with slice cut

This Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce is the perfect easy Summer dinner! Loaded with fresh juicy tomatoes, topped with tangy feta cheese and an easy basil sauce! Fresh and delicious!

Y’all know that I’ve shared with you before that I used to work at a produce stand in college. It was SUCH a fun job! However, that was before I used to eat fresh vegetables on the reg. Like, my idea of “vegetables” were canned green beans cooked in pork fat. Yup. #southern

Me + Tomatoes: An Unconventional Love Story

So, occasionally I really do regret not taking more advantage of the free produce that I would’ve received while I was there. I say free because we constantly had to go through and pick out the “bad” product that had one gross spot on it. We were able to take those home, cut off the bad spot and eat the rest. I did that up to my ears when it came to peaches. Tomatoes? Not so much. Maybe it was due to the fact that I had to sort through boxes of rotten tomatoes every single day that made me not want to even try them.

fresh heirloom tomatoes

However, as y’all probably have heard in my previous blog posts, I have officially seen the light! I love fresh tomatoes now. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on there and YUM. I’m set. Or, if you’re super southern, get some really basic white bread, smother it in Duke’s Mayonnaise (yes, ONLY Duke’s will work) and then sprinkle some salt and pepper on it. Slap it together and treat yoself.

fresh baked heirloom tart with no garnish

Okay…so what does all of this tomato talk have to do with today?! Well, HELLO! This Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce is basically everything to me right now. It’s loaded with the freshest, juiciest local heirloom tomatoes that are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. I got them from Garden Valley Market, a local everyday farmers market here in NC where I live! They have the absolute best produce around! 

Then, on top you have the tangiest creamy feta cheese (y’all know I had to add some cheese in there somewhere) as well as the freshest quick and easy basil sauce y’all will ever eat! It’s not pesto – no nuts are involved. This Basil Sauce literally consists of: fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and salt. So good. So much flavor. YES PLEASE.

Heirloom Tomato Tart toppings

Also, can I just say that YES this is made on a pre-made puff pastry sheet?! I’ve seen them make homemade puff pastry on Great British Bake Off and ya girl ain’t got the time or the skills for it! I love pre-made puff pastry and I have no shame LOL.

Okay, now that I’m off of my soapbox, let’s jump in to what you need and how to make it!

Ingredients You Need for Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce:

  • puff pastry (preferably Wewalka brand – not sponsored, I just LOVE their brand!)
  • a variety of heirloom tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil
  • garlic

How to Make Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce:

As always, go ahead and preheat the oven to 400. Roll out your puff pastry onto a baking sheet. Make sure it has parchment paper underneath!! Otherwise it may stick. You can definitely feel free to use a rolling pin to roll out the pastry to an even bigger size but it’s not necessary.

side view of Heirloom Tomato Tart

Poke the puff pastry with a fork all over to ensure the air has a place to escape underneath! Place in the oven to “par-bake” for 15 minutes but keep an eye on it!

While it’s baking, slice your tomatoes thinly as well as mince the garlic. Set these aside. By now, your puff pastry should be done baking. Gently layer your tomatoes on top of it. Drizzle the tomatoes with a bit of olive oil as well as a generous pinch of salt and crack of black pepper. Place it BACK into the oven one more time and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

close up of one slice of Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce

While it’s finishing up in the oven, to your food processor (or blender!), add 1.5 heaping cups of fresh basil, the minced garlic, olive oil and salt! Pulse until blended into a delicious sauce.

basil sauce ingredients in food processor

basil sauce in food processor

By now, the tart should be fully baked through! Take it out of the oven and sprinkle a generous amount of feta cheese on top as well as fresh basil leaves. If desired, spoon dollops of the basil sauce on top OR you can use it as a dipping sauce!

bottom half of Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce

This Heirloom Tomato Tart is SO easy and the perfect delicious weeknight dinner to combat the hot Summer days! I hope you guys enjoy!

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Caprese Avocado Toast

Easy Homemade Salsa

Light and Easy Spring Pasta

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

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Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce

This Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Sauce is the perfect easy Summer dinner! Loaded with fresh juicy tomatoes, topped with tangy feta cheese and an easy basil sauce! Fresh and delicious!

Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword basil sauce, heirloom tomato tart
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

Heirloom Tomato Tart

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 lb (or about 3-4 medium heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil leaves (garnish, optional)

Basil Sauce

  • 1.5 heaping cups of fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet (if your puff pastry doesn't already come with it) and roll out your puff pastry. Poke generously with a fork all over the puff pastry. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, checking on it every once in a while.

  2. While the pastry is baking, thinly slice the tomatoes. Mince the garlic. Set aside.

  3. Once the puff pastry is done "par-baking", arrange and layer the heirloom tomatoes on top of it. Drizzle with 1 tsp of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Place back in the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. While the pastry is baking the second time, whip up the basil sauce! To a food processor or blender, add the fresh basil, minced garlic, olive oil and salt. Pulse until it's blended into a sauce.

  5. Once done baking, remove tart from the oven. Sprinkle generously with feta cheese and fresh basil leaves. Dollop the basil sauce on top if desired or use it as a dipping sauce. Eat warm or at room temperature! Enjoy!

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  1. Made this for a party last weekend! It was gone so quickly!! I loved how the puff pastry stayed crisp and wasn’t soggy in the bottom. And that sauce was out of this world!!! Thank u!

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