Tomato Tartare | Summery tomatoes in a delightful vegetarian appetizer. Real food naturally.

How to make Tomato Tartare

A vegetarian appetizer or tomato salad, Tomato Tartare is a jam of a way to enjoy tomatoes! An easy, fun tomato recipe!

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You know how happy you are when you get good mail? Something personal like a letter, card, or invitation makes the trip to the mailbox tons more fun. My good get was a box of tomatoes. A friend from Arkansas had me pegged when she sent a box of Bradley Tomatoes. Bradley’s are an heirloom tomato that was released in 1961 by the University of Arkansas. So this was a uniquely Arkansas delivery.

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Tomato tartare starts with fresh tomatoes

I celebrated by doing what any respectable tomato lover does best, ate the tomato over the sink. After the second one, I decided to recreate a tomato tartare I enjoyed at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres in Las Vegas. A tartare is usually made from raw meat, but this is totally tomato.

Tomato Tartare

The goal of this recipe is to concentrate flavors. I baked it low and slow to create a thick, jammy texture. Then let it refrigerate overnight to develop even more tomatoey flavors. It was all things summery when I spooned it on a lettuce leaf.

Crisp lettuce is best. Keep the leaves chilled for best serving. I use a salad spinner to rinse and dry salad greens. Dressings will slide off wet greens which dilute the dressing flavor and make it messier to eat.

Are tomatoes good for me? Yes!

It’s true that tomatoes shine in late summer, but the red cherry and grape tomatoes available now are worth buying. As a rule, the smaller the tomato, the more flavor and lycopene it has. Cooked with a little oil, the nutrients become more available for your body to use them.

Tomato nutrition

Fresh and canned tomatoes improve health by reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes are high in potassium which helps blunt the effect of sodium on blood pressure. So tomatoes lead to healthier blood pressure. To be sure, all tomatoes deliver benefits but these tips can help you maximize your health:

  • Red tomatoes have more lycopene and overall better-for-you plant compounds than yellow or green tomatoes.
  • Smaller tomatoes, such as cherry and grape, have more lycopene than larger tomatoes.
  • Canned tomatoes, including tomato paste and sauce, are some of the richest sources of lycopene because cooking increases lycopene and makes it easier to be absorbed.
  • Oil helps your body absorb the tomato’s potent antioxidants and olive oil appears to have an edge over other oils.

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Need a dip for your cherry tomatoes? Try this Blue Cheese Chive.

Or try this tomato sauce recipe that has a flavor-bomb secret ingredient!

Tomato Tartare | Summery tomato recipe. Cook the tomatoes to thicken this vegetarian version of tartare. Real foods naturally.

Tomato Tartare


Tomato Tartare

A vegetarian appetizer or salad, Tomato Tartare is a jam of a way to enjoy tomatoes!

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, sherry, balsamic, red wine, or rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 810 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Romaine leaves, rinse, pat dry, leave whole


  1. Cook: Preheat oven to 325. Combine all ingredients in a 9″ x 11″ baking dish. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Allow to cool.
  2. Then: Drain in colander before serving. Serve with Romaine leaves or on crostini.


I coarsely chopped all the ingredients in the food processor. Of course, a knife works too!


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 100

Keywords: tomato dish, tomato salad, are tomatoes good for me?

Side note: I’m a member of TheRecipeRedux. This is taste-rules group is right up my alley because they believe healthier eating should always taste delicious. The fun part is that each month features a theme and this month’s challenge was focused on Fresh from the Garden. Below you’ll find what my fellow Recipe Reduxers are making or you can follow the conversation on Twitter via #TheRecipeRedux.

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Tomato Tartare | Summery tomatoes in a delightful vegetarian appetizer. Real food naturally.

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