Ok so my recipe isn’t strictly accurate, as my tomatoes are oven-dried tomatoes rather than sun-dried – and my method doesn’t take 7-days, but the end result is the close enough. These are such a simple alternative to buying sun-dried tomatoes, and come with no preservatives or added nasties.

Use different colours and varieties of tomatoes and put these in a jar, to make a beautiful and practical gift.

Instead of basil, you can experiment with your favourite combinations. Try some other Italian herbs, garlic or even lemon for some variety. Capsicum (bell pepper) is also great dried out using this method and complements the sun-dried tomatoes perfectly.

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Recipe: Sun dried tomatoes

These Oven-Dried Tomatoes are a simple and healthy alternative to store-bought sun-dried tomatoes. With no preservatives or added nasties, they make a perfect Paleo snack or addition to various dishes. Customize with your favorite herbs and enjoy the rich, concentrated flavor of these homemade treats.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Sides, Snacks
Cuisine: Italian, Paleo
Keyword: Healthy Tomato Snacks, Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Oven-Dried Tomatoes, paleo snack
Servings: 4
Calories: 50kcal
Cost: $5


  • Baking Tray
  • Grease-proof paper
  • Bowl


  • 250 g tomatoes I used regular cherry tomatoes, but have got some colourful varieties growing in my garden to try next time
  • Splash of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • Preheat the Oven: First, preheat your oven to 150°C (300°F).
  • Prepare the Tomatoes: Slice the tomatoes in half, lengthways. It helps to keep them all evenly sized.
  • Mix the Ingredients: In a bowl, mix all the ingredients, ensuring the tomato halves are evenly coated with olive oil, dried basil, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Arrange on Baking Tray: Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper, and arrange the tomatoes evenly on the tray. It’s fine if some face up and some down.
  • Bake: Bake for 2 – 3 hours, ensuring they don’t burn. You’ll want the tomatoes to retain a little moisture to ensure a nice texture.
  • Store: Store your oven-dried tomatoes in an airtight container in the fridge.

Alternative Method: Alternatively, you can simply dry out the tomatoes in a dehydrator, if you have one.

Enjoy these oven-dried tomatoes as a simple stand-alone snack with goat cheese, avocado, and pine nuts. They’re also a great addition to lots of recipes. Try them in omelettes, on pizza, in chili, or even as a secret ingredient in some homemade ketchup.

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Creating these Oven-Dried Tomatoes is a fantastic way to enjoy a healthy and delicious snack that fits perfectly into a Paleo lifestyle. With minimal ingredients and effort, you can have a versatile and nutritious addition to your meals.

These tomatoes are not only great as a stand-alone snack but also perfect for adding to various recipes. Whether in omelettes, pizzas, chilies, or even homemade ketchup, their rich and concentrated flavour enhances any dish.

I hope you enjoy making and eating these Oven-Dried Tomatoes – I’d love to hear your thoughts and any variations you made to the recipe, so please share in the comments below.

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