How To Make Heirloom Tomato Tart With Vegan Basil Ricotta
Add some nutrition to your summer gatherings with this savory tomato tart. This is a dairy-free dessert that uses cashews to make vegan ricotta.
- 1½cupsraw cashews
- 3cupswarm water
- 1cupfresh basil leaves,packed, thinly sliced, divided
- 1½cupsfresh spinach,loosely packed
- 2tbspfresh lemon juice
- 2tbspolive oil,(plus ¼ cup), divided
- ¾tspkosher salt
- ¾cupcold water
- 3heirloom tomatoes,varying in size and color
- 1pkgfilo dough,room temperature
- 4clovesgarlic,thinly sliced
- ¼tspred pepper flakes,optional
- ½tspflaky sea salt
Combine the cashews and warm water in a medium bowl. Cover and soak for 3 hours, then drain, discarding the soaking water.
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.
Add the soaked cashews and cold water. Blend for 15 to 30 seconds, until the cashews are broken down but the mixture is not completely smooth, resembling the texture of ricotta. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 13×18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the stems from the tomatoes, then slice into ⅛-inch thick rounds.
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.
Dollop the ricotta over the top layer of filo and spread in an even layer, being careful not to tear the dough.
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.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges of the filo dough are golden brown and the tomatoes are cooked but not mushy.
Garnish with the thinly sliced basil and flaky sea salt, then slice and serve.
- Calories: 225.29kcal
- Fat: 12.02g
- Saturated Fat: 2.18g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 6.87g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.96g
- Carbohydrates: 24.72g
- Fiber: 1.73g
- Sugar: 2.01g
- Protein: 6.07g
- Sodium: 366.87mg
- Calcium: 24.80mg
- Potassium: 246.86mg
- Iron: 2.52mg
- Vitamin A: 36.00µg
- Vitamin C: 7.01mg
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