Summer Vegetable Puff Pastry Tart

Flaky puff pastry layered with basil pesto, thinly sliced summer veggies and a sprinkling of cheese. This Summer Vegetable Tart is fresh, seasonal, and delicious!

Reasons You’ll Love this Summer Vegetable Tart

It has so many things to love–it’s pretty, it’s easy to make, it’s delicious, and it’s super easy to adapt to suit your crowd.

  • Add a meat (try grilled chicken or balsamic steak)
  • Add different veggies or use whatever you have on hand
  • Cut it into smaller squares for appetizer bites or leave the cuts larger for an easy entree.
  • Swap in pizza sauce for a more pizza-like tart

The trick to this tart is in the process:

  • It’s a super simple dish to make–but taking time to thoroughly salt and denature the veggies is critical. Removing the moisture from the tomatoes, summer squash and zucchini ensures a tart that’s crispy, not soggy.
  • Thin slices help keep the tart from being weighed down. A mandoline slicer or very sharp knife will help.
Salt the veggies and let them sit a while
Vegetables on a puff pastry tart

Summer Vegetable Tart

Emma J. Watling
Puff pastry layered with pesto and thin-sliced summer veggies. Finished with a sprinkle of aged cheddar and baked to golden brown. Easily customized and a perfect way to use extra veggies. This makes a great appetizer or entree. Best enjoyed the day it's made. 6 entree servings (~365 cal) or 12-18 appetizer servings (~121 cal to 182 cal).
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 365 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet puff pastry approx. 10" x 15"
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto store bought or homemade
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes or any slicing tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium zucchini
  • 1/3 medium yellow squash
  • 1/2 medium shallot
  • 5-6 asparagus tips
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup aged hard cheese (cheddar, Parmesan, Asiago, etc.) crumbled
  • enough salt (to liberally cover veggies)
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Thaw puff pastry according to package directions (if frozen). You'll need a mandoline slicer or very sharp knife to prep the veggies. You'll need a large sheet pan to cook on and smaller sheet pans to prep.

Prep the veggies:

  • Using a mandoline or very sharp knife, thinly slice tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and shallot. If squash and zucchini are larger, cut into half moons. Slice asparagus tips in half, lengthwise.
  • Lay slices of tomatoes, squash and zucchini in a single layer on sheet pans. Salt slices liberally then cover with paper towels. Let sit for 20 minutes to draw out moisture. Meanwhile,
  • Preheat oven according to package directions. Place shallots in a small bowl and soak in 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar while other veggies are sitting. Stir shallots 1-2 times during the 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, remove paper towels from salted veggies and use clean paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible.

Assemble the tart:

  • Unroll puff pastry onto a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Roll edges and pinch corners to form the 'crust'. Spread pesto evenly over puff pastry, going up to but not on the edges.
  • Beginning with the sliced tomatoes, arrange veggies (tomatoes, squash, zucchini, soaked shallots, and asparagus) in a single layer, barely overlapping. You may not use all of the veggies (save leftovers for later).
  • Finish the tart by sprinkling the crumbled cheese and some black pepper over the veggies.

Bake the tart:

  • Bake according to package directions, rotating once halfway through. (Most would be 18-20 minutes for a non-dessert pastry).
  • Let stand for a few minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Notes

Helpful Tips for Summer Vegetable Tart:
  • We use the Wewalka brand refrigerated puff pastry (found in the refrigerated section of Kroger). It doesn’t require thawing and comes on parchment, ready to go.
    • It is 9″x 14″ and bakes on 425*F for 15-20 minutes (this recipe takes 18 minutes for us).
  • Use whatever veggies you have on hand! Or even add grilled chicken, etc. This recipe is very easy to customize and substitute.
    • Salting the veggies to let the moisture out is the trick, though–otherwise tomatoes, squash, zucchini, etc would give off too much liquid while baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal
Keyword Puff Pastry, Puff Pastry Pizza, Summer Vegetable Tart, Tomato Tart, Vegetable Tart
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For more summer dishes, check out these recipes:

-Emma



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