Juicy, ripe tomatoes, fresh summer herbs and tangy delicious mustard packed in flaky puff pastry: this French rustic tomato tart is the ultimate “Summer in a bite” for me.
It literally tastes like summer time and has now officially been elected my most favorite dish of Summer
Hello my beautiful friends! One more tart recipe today, which comes straight from the South of France.
This French rustic tomato tart, or what here would be called une Tarte à la tomate, moutarde et herbes fraîches is a staple during Summer.
Perfect as a quick summer lunch, to bring on a picnic or to serve during a dinner party/apero dinatoire, it will bring a South-of-France touch to your Summer gatherings.
This rustic tomato tart is one of those rare occasions when a famous French dish is actually completely, wonderfully, accidentally plant-based – so it’s suitable for everyone. And in perfect SevenRoses style, it’s also incredibly easy to prepare. I used store-bought puff pastry to make sure this recipe was accessible to everyone out there, but feel free to make your own if you’re so inclined.
Other than that, it’s just a matter of slicing up a big onion, some ripe sun-drenched tomatoes, pick a few herbs from your garden/balcony/windowsill and assemble everything together. Put in the oven and voilà, you’re done!
And if you’re looking for even more French recipe ideas, check out this 30-min One-Pot French Ratatouille by My Pure Plants.
And if you’ve been here before, you’ll know that I looooove puff pastry tarts.
I just think that a good mix of tasty ingredients in a puff pastry vessel can only become a delicious dish. Both savory and sweet proof can be found here: Fall Vegetable Pot Pies | Vegan Frangipani tart | Spring Vegetable Tart | Vegan Quiche Lorraine just to name a few.
I also like that when it comes to such tarts, the more rustic it looks the better. All in all, this rustic tomato tart is quick and easy to make and a very, very homey.
This rustic French recipe that most people enjoy in summer, when tomatoes are in season, is a way to embrace cooking seasonally and enjoy/live the moment. Nowadays I only buy fresh tomatoes when they are in season – but if you want to recreate this summery tomato tart in the heart of winter, you still can!
Just make sure to use good quality canned tomatoes (I would personally choose an Italian variety like these Organic San Marzano Italian Plum Tomatoes, but I’m 100% biased), drain them, cut them in slices and place them over paper towels for at least 1 hour in order to absorb the liquid. At that point, you can go ahead with the rest of the recipe.
Finally, what to serve this rustic French tomato tart with?
For a summer meal, you have the choice between a fresh summer salad with tofu feta or a mix of rocket, fresh sprouts, walnuts, pine nuts and vinaigrette, or roasted vegetables drizzled with balsamic vinegar (potatoes, carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, etc…).
For a comforting dinner, you can opt for a summer zucchini soup, to serve in a bowl right next to it.
But enough talking about it, let’s start making this rustic French tomato tart…
French rustic tomato tart with puff pastry
- 1 disk puff pastry just make sure it's Vegan by reading the ingredients
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 onion
- 2 tbsp EVOO separated
- 5 or 6 tomatoes (to use canned tomatoes, read the notes)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 handful fresh herbs I used thyme and basil
- 4 tsp Herbes de Provence or dry marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start by slicing one big onion, and put it in a pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Let it cook until soft. Then turn off the stove and let cool down.
- In the meantime, preheat your oven to 180°C/360°F and finely slice your tomatoes.
- Unroll the puff pastry in a tart pan and poke the dough all over with a fork. Evenly spread the Dijon mustard thinly on the bottom.
- Add the cooked onions to the bottom of the tart and spread evenly. Sprinkle some salt and Herbes de Provence.
- Top with the tomato slices, placing them nicely to cover completely the bottom of the tart.
- Add the thinly sliced garlic clove. Sprinkle the rest of the Herbes the Provence and fresh thyme, add salt and pepper and lightly pour the other tbsp of olive oil. Fold the edge of the puff pastry over the filling to obtain a rustic look.
- Now put in the oven, bake for 40 minutes, then remove, and set aside for 10 minutes to cool down before serving.
- To serve drizzle with a few drops of olive oil, top with fresh basil, sprigs of fresh thyme. Can be served lukewarm or cold. Bon appetit!
If you give this French rustic tomato tart with puff pastry recipe a try, please let me know in the comments’ section below!
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