Easy Summer Tomato Tart

This easy summer tomato tart is a quick fix as an appetizer for 8 or a main vegetarian meal for 4. If you keep a box of puff pastry in your freezer as a staple, you can pull this tart off very quickly.

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Tomato Tart cut into squares on a wooden cutting board.

Perfect Summer Meal

When you’re looking for a seasonal, delicious, easy to prepare summer meal, why not make a Tomato Tart? It’s such a simple dish to put together and it’s so tasty when you can get beautiful ripe heirloom tomatoes. You can really put this together from scratch in about 15 minutes, bake it for 25 minutes and serve what looks like a store-bought French delicacy. It’s a perfect lunch or brunch item, or you can serve it with a hearty salad for a light dinner. 

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Puff pastry, scored around the perimeter and docked.

Puff Pastry

The reason this recipe is so quick and easy to pull together is that you use store-bought puff pastry as the crust. I like to always have some puff pastry in the freezer for this very reason – it’s easy to pull out and defrost on the counter in about half and hour and can be used to make a tart or little hors d’oeuvres in no time. Once you have your puff pastry defrosted, roll it out lightly and then score inside the perimeter of the pastry to make a crust. Press a fork around the outside for a pretty design on the crust. See photo below. 

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Three different colored tomatoes cut on a wooden cutting board with knives.

Best Tomatoes for a Tart

The tomatoes are the key to a successful tomato tart. The most important feature is that they be ripe. No tomato tart can be delicious with an underripe tomato, so this tart is best made in the summer. If you can find heirloom tomatoes of different colors, even better. The assorted colors make for a very pretty presentation. Slice the tomatoes about 3/8-inch thick and no thicker than ½-inch.

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Puff pastry with a mayonnaise spread in the center on a blue background.

Filling for Tomato Tart

The filling for the tart is very simple too. It’s made of mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and some dried oregano. Because there are so few ingredients, the quality of those ingredients is extra important. Use a mayonnaise that you like and try to use the best quality Parmesan cheese you can find and afford (it can be very pricey). Simple stir the ingredients together and then spread it on the inside of the pastry, leaving the scored crust empty.

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Puff pastry with sliced red and yellow tomatoes on top.

How to Build a Tomato Tart

All you have left to do is layer the tomatoes on in a pretty fashion, top with the thinly sliced shallots, season with pepper and drizzle with olive oil. I like to season the tart with salt after it bakes and just before serving so that additional moisture is not drawn out of the tomatoes ahead of time, which tends to make the pastry soggy.

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Baked easy summer tomato tart on a baking sheet.

Baking Time

Whenever you’re baking puff pastry, the trick is to get the top to brown nicely while still making sure the bottom of the pastry is cooked through. Bake for 25 minutes and if the bottom needs more time, tent some foil over the top of the tart and bake for another 5 minutes. Baking the tart on parchment paper is a good idea because it makes it easy to transfer the tart to and from the baking sheet. A silicone liner is another option, although you will need to add time to the baking because the silicone insulates the bottom of the tart a little from the heat of the baking pan.

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A piece of tomato tart on a white plate with a green napkin and fork.

What to Serve with Tomato Tart

This tomato tart is a nice option with a selection of salads for lunch. I’ve served this tomato tart as a part of a brunch with a potato salad, a green salad and a white bean salad. You could also serve it with some vegetables like asparagus – grilled with Parmesan breadcrumbs or steamed with Hollandaise sauce – or this grilled Parmesan corn and zucchini. If you have any leftovers, simply wrap them up or store them in an airtight container and re-heat in the oven at 350ºF for about 10 minutes.

Easy Summer Tomato Tart

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 25 m
  • Total Time: 40 m
  • Servings:
    8

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 to 3 small heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Roll the puff pastry out into a 10x14-inch rectangle and place it on a baking sheet. (Rolling the pastry out on parchment makes it very easy to transfer to the baking sheet.) Use a paring knife to score a ¾-inch border inside the perimeter of the pastry. Be careful not to cut all the way through the pastry. With the tines of a fork, make indentations around the edge to form a crust and dock the pastry by pricking it all over. Brush the perimeter of the pastry with olive oil.
  3. Combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and oregano in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on the inside of the puff pastry in an even layer.
  4. Arrange the slices of tomato over the mayonnaise mixture, letting the slices overlap slightly. Sprinkle the sliced shallots over the tomatoes and generously drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned and the pastry has browned on the bottom.
  6. Remove the sheet from the oven and let the tart rest for at least 10 minutes. Tear up the basil leaves and sprinkle the basil and sea salt on the tart. Cut the tart into squares or rectangles and serve warm.
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Comments (4)Post a Reply

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and tastes delightful! I love heirloom tomatoes and this was a delicious way to use them. The presentation makes me feel like a real chef too!

  2. I made this recipe with Puff Pastry Shells still frozen. Cut filling recipe in 1/2, spread in center of shell and covered with small tomato slice and thinkly sliced scallion. Baked 424 degrees 20 minutes on 1/4″ sheet pan with parchment. Fantastic side dish with baked ham or heavy appetizer. Showey! Great recipe. Thank you.

  3. Brought this last night to a party, it disappeared very quickly. Thank you Meredith for an excellent recipe, will be made again and again!!

  4. 5 stars
    Very Pretty, Super Tasty & Easy to make! I was able to use Heirloom tomatoes from my garden! I’ll definitely be making this again.

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