Heirloom Tomato Tart With Vegan Basil Ricotta

Heirloom Tomato Tart With Vegan Basil Ricotta


Fresh heirloom tomatoes are the star of the show in this gorgeous tomato tart. Keep it dairy-free with vegan ricotta that uses cashews to replicate the creamy texture of cheese. Make this at the height of tomato season for your next summer get-together!

Cook Time
35 minutes
Total Time
4 hr 50 min
12 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Combine the cashews and warm water in a medium bowl. Cover and soak for 3 hours, then drain, discarding the soaking water.
2. Step
Make the ricotta: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the whole basil leaves, spinach, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and the kosher salt. Process for 30 seconds, until all of the leaves are broken down into a dark green paste.
3. Step
Add the soaked cashews and cold water. Blend for 15–30 seconds, until the cashews are broken down but the mixture is not completely smooth, resembling the texture of ricotta. Set aside.
4. Step
Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190˚C). Line a 13x18-inch (33x45 cm) baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Step
Remove the stems from the tomatoes, then slice into ⅛-inch (3 mm) thick rounds.
6. Step
Unroll the filo dough into a flat sheet. Carefully transfer a single layer of dough to the prepared baking sheet and lightly brush all over with olive oil. Place another sheet on top and brush lightly with olive oil. Repeat stacking and brushing with the remaining sheets of dough. Brush the edges of the filo dough with more olive oil to make sure they become golden brown and crispy when baking.
7. Step
Dollop the ricotta over the top layer of filo and spread in an even layer, being careful not to tear the dough.
8. Step
Layer the tomato slices over the ricotta, covering entirely. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over the tomatoes. Top with the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes, if using, on top.
9. Step
Bake for 25–30 minutes, until the edges of the filo dough are golden brown and the tomatoes are cooked but not mushy.
10. Step
Garnish with the thinly sliced basil and flaky sea salt, then slice and serve.
11. Step


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