Basil and Tomato Salsa Valentine Tarts

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This basil and tomato salsa looks pretty in heart shaped tarts for Valentines.

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly!

Serves: 2


  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • A handful fresh basil
  • 1/2 lime
  • Packet of shortcrust pastry (ready rolled)
  • A little milk

You will also need:

  • An apron
  • A chopping board
  • A sharp knife (to use with an adult)
  • A garlic crusher
  • A large plastic bowl
  • A plastic lemon squeezer
  • A teaspoon
  • 3 different sized heart pastry cutter
  • A pastry brush


Basil and Tomato SalsaBasil and Tomato Salsa Valentine Heart Herb Snack - Children will enjoy making these and giving them out to family/friends.

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and squish them into the bowl. Then tear up the skins.
  2. Peel and chop the onion, crush the garlic clove and add to the bowl.
  3. Cut the lime in half with a sharp knife. Squeeze as much juice as you can from one half into the bowl.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Pick and wash the basil. Next snip it into small pieces or you could just tear it up over the mixture.
Valentine Heart Tarts
  1. Next cut out an equal amount of hearts from ready rolled shortcrust pastry using a large and medium cutter.
  2. Add a spoonful of basil salsa into the middle of each large heart.
  3. Then cut out an even smaller heart in the middle of the medium hearts.
  4. Lay on the top of the large hearts so the salsa can be seen.
  5. Brush a little milk on the top of each tart and cook in the oven for approximately 20 minutes on 180°c.
Share these with your family and friends :-) Parents – If you try this recipe with your child, I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me a photo, share it on the Handy Herbs Facebook page or pin it to your recipe board! sign