3-Step Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Tart

by / ⠀Party foods Recipes Side dishes / August 26, 2014

We’re soaking up every last second of this relaxing summer as it winds down into fall. And there’s no better way to do this than with this ridiculously easy tart. Simply bake the pie crust, then layer in cheese and sliced heirloom tomatoes. You’ll have plenty of time to kick up your feet and sip your lemonade in the sun.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 16 minutes


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces bleu cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 pound assorted heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Torn fresh basil leaves
  • Maldon sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Press crust into 9-inch tart pan; cut off excess crust hanging over edge. Use fork to poke several holes in bottom of crust. Line crust with parchment paper; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove pie weights and parchment paper; transfer crust to wire rack to cool completely.

2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, whisk ricotta, blue cheese and lemon zest until well combined.

3. Spread ricotta mixture evenly in bottom of cooled tart crust. Arrange tomatoes over ricotta; sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper. Slice and serve immediately. 

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  • Reply
    September 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    If I wanted this to be served warm, would I bake the crust with the filling, or par-bake it first?

  • Reply
    September 6, 2014 at 1:05 am

    You would always want to par-bake first.

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      September 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Yup, that’s right! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Is it possible to substitute the blue cheese with feta? I really dislike blue cheese.

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      September 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Andrea! Yeah, that would work! Feta would offer a milder but somewhat saltier bite. Good luck! πŸ™‚

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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