Tomato Tartare Recipe (French Starter)

Get the recipe for tomato tartare, an easy French starter that takes only 15 minutes to make. With accompaniments, drink suggestions, and more.
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This Recipe uses:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley or basil
  • Lemon
  • (Optional) Red onion
  • (Optional) Avocado
  • (Optional) balsamic vinegar

When you are in the mood for something fresh and delicious, the tomato tartare can be what you are looking for and more. A traditional French starter, it looks beautiful on a plate, and is a great way to use up those gorgeous red tomatoes.

It also only takes 10-15 minutes to make. And as a healthy low-carb recipe which is gluten-free, a tomato tartare can easily be served to just about anyone. So let’s get cooking, shall we? Allons-y!

Using fresh tomatoes

Now, if you wanted to cook this like a true gourmande (french word for foodie), you have to get the tomatoes fresh from the marché. French people like to go to their local food markets, but I do realize this is not always possible.

You can use any type of fresh tomatoes you like, although you may like to mix up a couple of different types in order to add an extra oomph to the taste. Some tomatoes that you can use are:

  • Tomatoes on the vine – juicy and slightly sweet tomatoes that are left on the vine until they are fully ripened
  • Cherry tomatoes – small, round, and crisp tomatoes
  • Roma tomatoes –  Italian plum tomatoes which are full of flavor with a tangy taste.

Look for ripe tomatoes at your local grocery store or market, and mix and match as you like.

Frequently asked questions

What to serve with it?

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Tomato tartare is usually served as a starter. For the main meal, after a tomato tartare, try provençale bouillabaisse or a bohemian aubergine. Another idea is sautéed calamari and tagliatelli pasta.

What drinks to serve with it?

two wine glasses

For drinks, a bottle of chilled rosé wine is perfect with a tomato tartare. Keeping with the local tradition, you can pick a Beaujolais village rosé or Aix-en-Provence rosé.

If you don’t like rosés, a chilled white or crémant from the Loire Valley also works quite well. You can read more about French wines here.

tomato tartare

Tomate tartare (Recipe)

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A French starter, tomato tartare is light and healthy, and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized fresh tomatoes
  • juice from a 1/4 lemon
  • 2-3 leaves of chopped fresh parsley or basil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 chopped avocado

Instructions

  1. Using a fork and a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes into small cubes.
  2. Using a strainer, remove some of the excess water.
  3. Transfer the lightly strained tomato cubes into a large bowl.
  4. Chop the onion and herbs and add to the chopped tomato mixture.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix in.
  6. Place a cookie cutter about 7.5 cm (3 in) in diameter on a plate and fill with tartare. (Alternatively, you can serve it in a glass.)
  7. Press the tartare with the back of a spoon to even the surface.
  8. Unmold gently. Repeat to form the other portions.
  9. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve when ready.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

    Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.

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