Raw Sun Dried Tomato, Basil, and Olive Tart

March 2nd, 2011

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Before falling in love with raw food, I went through a vegetarian phase, which lasted for several years. My kitchen shelves are still stocked with lots of inspiring cookbooks from that time. One of my favourites was New Vegetarian Food by Christine McFadden. It had a number of smart, tasty recipes that I kept coming back to, and this tart is a tribute to one of them. A sun dried tomato, basil and olive tart.

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Let me just say that the recipes for both the original and raw variety of this tart are very close to my heart.
The former reminds me of the time when I just became interested in whole foods. It brings me back to those first few exciting years in the kitchen, when I discovered that nourishing food is also versatile and delicious.
The latter is a source of personal culinary achievement. I love it when a recipe that I’ve been daydreaming about comes together just the way I imagined. This raw tart tastes almost exactly like the original, or maybe even a bit better.

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Of course, the original recipe calls for ricotta and parmesan cheeses, eggs and butter. After some brainstorming and careful estimations, I came up with this little tribute, and we loved it on the first try. It’s wonderfully creamy, with a subtly spiced crust, and bits of basil, sun-dried tomatoes and black Cerignola olives spread all throughout.
Luckily, it’s the season of fragrant, local & organic tomatoes here in Florida – just in time to garnish and bring some sweetness to the plate.

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I made several tarts of different sizes, as I usually do with any kinds of tarts, pies, or quiches. There were individual, baby ones for Paloma and for bringing to lunch at work, and bigger ones for the whole family. I also discovered that the tart holds very well in the refrigerator for several days, unlike many other raw dishes. In fact, it becomes even better after it sits and all the flavours become integrated.

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I enjoyed this recipe so much, that I decided to make it for a catering project for my friend’s birthday. I served our orange-cinammon crepes, falafel, and this tart. Feeding people is one of my favourite things in the whole world, and I waited anxiously for their reaction. It was exciting to hear that everything was received with plenty of “mmmm – ing.”

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Paloma and her papa like to eat dinner on the beach, after their evening walk. My husband has mentioned that this dish tastes even better outside.
At home, though, as I witnessed, Paloma was crazy mostly about the crust. I watched her carefully bite around the whole diameter to get the crunchy bits. She’s a funny one.

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Sun Dried Tomato, Basil and Olive Tart
(Makes approximately two circular 9″ tarts and three 4″ tarts)
2 1/2 cups almonds – soaked overnight
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 cup ground golden flax seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 tablespoons purified water
5 tablespoons za’atar spice

Mix all the crust ingredients in a food processor until smooth, adding more water if needed. Press the dough into your tart shells, preferably with removable bottoms. Distribute the dough evenly against the sides and bottom of the shell. Place the tart shell(s) in the dehydrator for 4-5 hours. Gently remove the shell from the mold, and put it back onto a screen-lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate for another 8-10 hours until completely dry and crispy.

2 cups meat of fresh young Thai coconut
1 cup water of fresh young Thai coconut
3/4 cup coconut oil – gently warmed in warm water or the dehydrator to soften
1/4 cup Irish moss – washed thoroughly and soaked in hot water for at least 10 minutes
1 cup each raw macadamia and raw cashew nuts – soaked for 2-4 hours
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1-2 teaspoons salt
about 6 tablespoons purified water
1 cup of chopped olives of your favourite kind (may I suggest Cerignola olives that come with pits and taste velvety)
1 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes (this time I made an exception and used tomatoes preserved in olive oil instead of the dry variety)
1 packed cup fresh basil leaves – or more to taste
fresh red and yellow tomatoes for garnishing – optionalIn a high speed blender, combine the coconut meat, water and oil with the Irish moss until very smooth.
In a food processor, mix together the nuts, lemon juice, yeast, salt and water until well combined and fluffy like ricotta cheese. Add the basil leaves and pulse briefly.
In a large mixing bowl, gently fold the coconut mixture into the nut “ricotta”, followed by the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and olives.

Pour the filling into the crusts. Dehydrate at 115F for 6 hours, then refrigerate overnight.
Optionally, slice fresh tomatoes thinly and dehydrate on Teflex-lined dehydrator trays just to dry the surface. Garnish the tarts, placing the tomatoes dry side down for the last 1-2 hours of tart dehydration.

Tags: food, paloma, raw food, recipe, savoury

  • Mims Obel says:


  • Sweet Faery says:

    Winter won’t stop here in France… I’m so longing for the season of tomatoes! I’ll have to wait but I think I’ll test the crust recipe sooner, because I try to eat more and more raw food. By the way thank you for your tips, I ordered Living Raw Food and can’t wait to receive it!

  • Mom x2 says:

    I’m a mother of two and you inspire me so much to feed my children healthy, nourishing foods! I love how passionate and dedicated you are to feeding your family all things healthy and delish. Thanks!

  • Amanda Hopson Berisford says:

    Can you make me some and just ship them :) They look and sound delicious!!

  • Karen Fowler says:

    Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to try this! It looks so delicious!

  • Teri says:

    As always,I enjoy your plating and photography! When’s your non- cook cookbook coming out? :)Wishing you much success!

  • claire says:

    I can’t wait to try it :)

  • Stefania says:

    Buona ricetta dai colori bellissimi

  • Olga Kvitko says:

    wonderful recipes.

  • jacqui says:

    I’m so going to make this as soon as our tomatoes are in season! Or maybe I’ll figure out something else to fill into that crust, it sounds so delicious.

  • Oxana says:

    Я тебя нашла случайно ( читая комментарии в одном из американских блогов ).
    Комплименты, очень красивый блог и особенно рецепты!


  • Anni says:

    wow. this blog just makes me wanna go and buy a dehydrator. this recipe looks amazingggg. by the way, do you eat only raw food?

  • You absolutely don’t need me to say this, but these pictures are gorgeous, and the tart looks delicious.

    I’ve only just discovered your blog, but am really looking forward to reading some of your old recipes.

  • Junglefrog says:

    I have to confess I don’t know anything about raw foods but if this recipe is anything to go by it looks wonderful!

  • Wow, this looks absolutely delicious and so healthy to. I’d love to try it but not sure I’d be able to get my hands on Irish Moss here.

  • I think I will follow along here because your pics are so beautiful and the dishes are calling me. I don’t know too much about raw foods but would definitely be interested. I just made a ravioli with butternut squash that was a hit in my house.

  • Mary says:

    That is STUNNING! Beautiful photography!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • HiHoRosie says:

    Looks so beautiful! Love the vibrant colors.

  • Golubka says:

    Thanks so much for the comments everyone! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

    Sweet Faery, fresh tomatoes are optional in this recipe. They only go on top of the tart as a garnish. For the filling, you can use canned/preserved sun dried tomatoes. Living Raw Food is a wonderful book, I get so much inspiration from its pages. Very glad you got it :)

    Mom x2, so wonderful to hear that! Thank you.

    Amanda, working on that :)

    Teri, thank you! A cookbook…for now we only dream!

    Jacqui, fresh tomatoes are optional in this recipe. They only go on top of the tart as a garnish. For the base of the tart, use canned/preserved sun dried tomatoes.

    Оксана, спасибо!!!

    Anni, thank you! We are not all raw, we enjoy traveling, trying new foods and learning about different cuisines. At home, though, we like to eat raw.

  • Vegolicious says:

    Wow, this looks so delicious! Definitely enough to convert anyone to raw food.

    I’d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.

  • Kathleen says:

    Really Stunning, makes you wish summer were here too! Thanks for sharing.

  • Anna's Page says:

    Love the recepie. What dehydrator do you use and where can I get one?

  • Lucy Veganforlife Brandt says:

    WOW! This looks yummy!!!

  • Jimi21 says:

    Amazing how you make dishes that are as creatively beautiful as they are healthy. How lucky your family is to have someone so talented, and dedicated. Amazing photos!

  • This looks like a feast for the eyes and the palate. I can’t wait to try!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Gosh those are beautiful! Stunning.
    Thank you for generously sharing your recipe.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  • Jaime Santos-Prowse says:

    We are definitely going to try this!

  • Nataliya Scarberry says:


  • Kimberley says:

    I am so impressed that you made a raw, vegan tart. Wow.

  • These tarts look delicious and I love the ingredients in the filling :)

  • PS- You HAVE TO enter your tart recipe in this week’s food52.com recipe contest for late winter tarts. http://www.food52.com/blog/1760_this_weeks_special_contest_theme

    You will win!

  • Éva Rawposa says:

    This is just SO lovely!!

  • Sasha says:

    This looks amazing. Just found your blog. Look forward to following.

  • Aisha Jameel says:

    wow ! that’s a lovely blog and really well presented :)
    you can visit or follow my blog @ http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com if you wish to :)

  • Norka says:

    I always have problem with the young coconut, as it is a non-existing product in Hungary. Do you have any suggestion what I could substitute it with? And of course I don’t really want to use more nuts instead.

  • Coco says:

    I cant wait to grow fresh tomatoes once we move down to Alabama (in just a couple of weeks!) I will bookmark this recipe for sure! Thank you!

  • Golubka says:

    Thanks again, everyone :)

    Anna’s Page, we use a 9 tray refurbished Excalibur dehydrator, which we got on ebay.

    Electricbluebaking, thanks for letting us know, we’ll check it out!

    Norka, I get this question a lot and, unfortunately, I do not have any good answers. Young coconut is such a unique ingredient that is very hard to replace. The only replacement that comes close are blended nuts, but I know that is not what you are looking for. It’s really too bad that young coconuts are not available in Hungary! I have to say that even here in the States I really have to hunt them down, and they are not cheap!

  • Rachel says:

    I love your photographs! So colorful and yummy-looking.

  • David says:

    You are so talented! Every post I read always amazes me, and it’s incredible that you manage to keep it raw. I am a big fan of tarts, and will go back to this recipe next time I bake one. And I realize that we soon need to get that dehydrator. The big question is where we will store it? Our kitchen is already cramped with stuff.

  • Diane Smith says:

    Bonjour, j’aimerais beaucoup essayer cette recette mais je voudrais savoir par quoi je pourrais bien remplacer la chair de coconut thaï, car il n’y a pas de cet ingrédient dans ma région. Merci pour les suggestions….
    Diane, tourlou!

  • Your images are so inspiring. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Elenore (E) says:

    Wow! Looks amazing! How do you “put together” two pictures like that here in blogspot? <3

  • Supa Yummy says:

    Summer is come back! That’s good. This tart is my ticket to leave the winter.

  • I *HAVE* to try these! As always you are inspiring and your photos are fantastic. I’m going to change the flavors and textures a bit, as the coconut is a challenge for me as well. I’m thinking zucchini with a touch of onion, and maybe sweet potato.

  • Norka says:

    Years ago I was thinking on my parents’ annual holiday in Thailand as a luxuory activity -though I also had the chance staying there for a longer period ten yeras ago-, but I just start to discover the truth in my father’s explanation as not only birds moving in winter to warmer climate. So why shouldn’t we do dthat as well. I hope I’ll get the opportunity in the future organize my life in the way as he does and then I could get enough of those delicious young coconuts:)

  • Lisa says:

    Tarts and quiches are my favourite foods to cook and experiment with. Your raw version is a new inspiration and I really love the colours and arrangement. THANK YOU!

  • Christopher says:

    What an astoundingly beautiful tart! One question, however – would additional irish moss work in lieu of coconut meat?

    Peace, love and algae


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