Puff Pastry Tomato Tart with Basil Pesto & Feta

One Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto Tart on a white plate with a bite taken out

Written by Liz

I’m Liz, I share recipes and easy substitutes to make plant-based living simple!

January 3, 2023

Puff Pastry Tomato Tart with Basil Pesto & Feta

Looking for a delicious and easy vegan appetiser, lunch or light dinner? Look no further than this Puff Pastry Tomato Tart with Basil Pesto and plant-based Feta. This tasty tart is sure to impress with its bold flavours and flaky pastry crust.

If you’re hosting a summertime get-together, or any time you want to serve up something special these tarts are the perfect recipe for you. The cherry tomatoes add a pop of color and sweetness, while the basil pesto and plant-based feta give it a savory kick. And with just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, it’s a cinch to make.

An overhead shot of 4 individual serves of square colourful puff pastry tomato tarts served on a large white plate with a striped linen napkin and topped with fresh basil leaves.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Puff Pastry Tomato Tart

  • Quick and easy to make: this recipe is simple to follow and comes together in just 35 minutes. With minimal prep time and simple ingredients, it’s a cinch to make.
  • Vegan friendly: I am vegan, so I use plant-based cheese and pastry, but it can easily be made vegetarian by using regular feta cheese instead of plant-based feta.
  • Colourful and perfect for summer entertaining: the bright cherry tomatoes and green pesto make this tart a visually appealing dish that’s perfect for summertime get-togethers.
  • Versatile: these tarts can be served as an appetiser, lunch, or light dinner. Just add some extra salads on the side to make it a full meal.
  • Delicious and satisfying: the flaky pastry crust, flavourful pesto, and juicy cherry tomatoes make for a fresh, tasty and satisfying dish that’s sure to please a crowd.

Plate of Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto Tarts on a white plate served on formal table with white flowers and bottle of white wine

Key Ingredients

Puff pastry

This forms the base of the tart and adds a flaky, buttery texture. Be sure to check that the puff pastry you use is vegan friendly.

Cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes are a sweet, juicy and nutritious addition to this tart. I call them flavour bombs because to me, they’re like 10 regular tomatoes in one juicy bite and they pop in your mouth! They’re packed with antioxidants and are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K. They’re also low in calories and have a naturally sweet flavour that pairs well with the basil pesto. Cherry tomatoes are also visually very appealing, their vibrant red colour adds a special finishing touch to the dish.

Basil Pesto

Pesto is a key ingredient in this Puff Pastry Tomato Tart, and adds a flavourful kick to the dish. This recipe uses a vegan version of basil pesto, which is made with plant-based ingredients like fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, cashews, salt, and lemon juice. Vegan pesto has a slightly different flavour compared to traditional pesto, which is made with Parmesan cheese. The cashews in the vegan version add a creamy, nutty flavour, while the lemon juice adds a bright, acidic note. Overall, the flavour of vegan pesto is fresh and herby, with a slight nutty twist. It’s a delicious and lactose-free alternative to traditional basil pesto.

Plant-based feta

This adds a creamy, salty finish to the tart. You can find plant-based feta at many grocery stores or at specialty vegan or health food stores. Some brands like Follow Your Heart, Bio Cheese, and Yay Feta tend to have a better taste and texture, but you may need to try a few different brands to find one that you like. If you’re vegetarian and not vegan, you can also use regular feta cheese in this recipe.

Balsamic glaze

This sweet and thick reduction of balsamic vinegar is perfect for drizzling over savory dishes like this Puff Pastry Tomato Tart. Its sweetness helps to balance out the flavours in the dish and adds an extra layer of depth. You can find balsamic glaze at many grocery stores or online.

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How to make a Puff Pastry Tomato Tart

Preheat your oven and line a baking tray. Next, throw all the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor and blend until it’s semi-smooth. In a large bowl, mix the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, thyme leaves, salt, and minced garlic. Now, take your puff pastry sheets and slice them into quarters. Place the pastry squares on the lined tray and top each one with a dollop of the pesto. Spread it out, leaving a little border around the edges. Top with a few cherry tomatoes and fold over the edges of the pastry, pressing down firmly in the corners. Pop the tray in the oven and bake until the tarts are golden and crispy. Once they’re ready, top with some plant-based feta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Serve and enjoy!

An overhead shot of individual serves of square colourful puff pastry tomato tarts served on a large white plate with a striped linen napkin and topped with fresh basil leaves.

Substitutions for ingredients in Puff Pastry Tomato Tarts

  • Puff pastry: I love the flakiness of puff pastry, so I haven’t experimented with other options, but you could also make these tarts with layered filo pastry sheets or shortcrust pastry. These alternatives will give a different finished texture.
  • Cherry tomatoes: I use cherry tomatoes because they are packed with flavour, but you can replace them with other types of tomatoes. If you use large tomatoes, cut them into 1cm slices and layer them with edges overlapping slightly. Keep in mind that different varieties of tomatoes have their own unique flavours and may give a milder taste than cherry tomatoes. They might not be as colorful either.
  • Basil pesto: If you’re short on time, try store bought pesto! It won’t have as much punchy zesty flavour but it will still work fine. If you don’t like basil, you could try using a sun-dried tomato or olive tapenade instead, however these will both deliver a totally different flavour profile. If you do try these, make sure to adjust the quantities of the other ingredients to balance the flavours.
  • Plant-based feta: You can use regular feta cheese in this recipe if you’re not vegan. If you don’t like cheese, you can omit it entirely, but the tarts will lack some creaminess. Alternatively, you can top the tarts with shredded mozzarella for a milder flavour or any other cheese of your choice.
  • Balsamic Glaze: If you don’t have balsamic glaze, you can use serve the tarts with regular balsamic vinegar. However, I would just pop this on the table and let your guests dress the tarts themselves, otherwise (as it is more watery) it will make the tarts go soggy. The flavour will be more acidic, but it will still add a nice depth to the dish. You could also leave the glaze off entirely.

Plate of Puff Pastry Tomato Tarts on a white plate served on formal table with white flowers and bottle of white wine.

Storage Instructions for Puff Pastry Tomato Tarts

I highly recommend eating these tarts fresh as the contrast of textures and the freshly baked pastry is at its best. However,