Roast tomatoes with asparagus & black olives

Roast tomatoes with asparagus & black olives

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Ready in 35-45 minutes


Serves 8
A fabulous starter or great with lamb or salmon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal102
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 750g cherry tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic clove, peeled and halved
  • 24 asparagus spear
  • a handful of black olives, stoned and chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Spread the tomatoes out on a large baking tray and prick each one with a fork. Sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and scatter with the garlic. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

  2. Lay asparagus flat in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Splash with 3 tbsp olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roll the spears until they’re hot and evenly coated with oil.

  3. Remove tomatoes from oven and pour off the excess juice. Push tomatoes to one side of tray and lay asparagus next to them. Return to oven and roast for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the olives before serving warm or at room temperature. Vegetables can be done up to two hours before serving and kept at room temperature.

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Comments (15)

lizleicester's picture

Lovely combination of summery flavours. (Used olive oil from a jar of sundried tomatoes).

georgie4455's picture

This is such a great starter. I made it the other day as I needed to use up some asparagus and i thought it was so tasty and delicious even though it is so simple! I didn't have any black olives at hand and used bigger tomatoes but I think it worked out just fine! I have written about it on my blog too.

last edited: 16:36, 21st Jun, 2013
rosrak's picture

Tried this starter the other week for a dinner party I was hosting! It went down as a great! Loved the tomato and garlic flavour. You got to be careful not to over cook the asparagus as the end up soggy! Going to make this again tonight for few friends.

xxlozzyxx91's picture

so easy and delicious, I actually left the juice to act as a kind of sauce, was delicious

robertpallas's picture

Great, even without the olives
I had this as a side for chicken beasts

abisnail's picture

Really yummy and easy. Had with roast lamb and new potatoes. Will be making again!

ulrik1997's picture

I used what I had available - a tin of cherry tomatoes & a jar of asparagus. Since these are already cooked, I did everything in a large frying pan in a few minutes & my wife was very impressed.
I shall make sure that I have fresh ingredients next time!

alice4991's picture

delicious! and looks great too! so simple to make. had it with salmon steak and salad, but i think it would go with anything.

cara82's picture

A love this as a starter or side dish. I find vine cherry tomatoes are even better and look great as a little bundle (vine still attached) on top of the asparagus. Always a crowd pleaser, and its looks like I've gone to a lot of work!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was really lovely and very simple to make. Served with baked salmon and the crispy new potato bake on this site.

kristinagoodfood's picture

I made this for a large bbq party we had last month. It was amazing, we couldn't get enough of it. Definitely one of my regular dishes now, especially when asparagus is plentiful and cheap as it is at the moment. I put the olives in quite late and it worked well.
Anybody have any ideas for the gorgeous tomato juice you drain off half way? (dunking bread was v nice... anything more sophisticated?!)

mouses's picture

Followed recipe to the letter and tasted delicious, one of my regular starters now when entertaining. Definitely recommend!

lolli0109's picture

i'm going to try this for a special birthday dinner for my mum~in~law next week cos it sounds so good!

charliex's picture

My brother, a very good cook, made this as a starter. It was delicious! He baked the asparagus. tomatoes and garlic together before adding the olives and it worked fabulously! Off to buy some asapargus now to make it myself!

macbulls's picture

Dıd thıs as a starter for a DP... it worked well and tasted delicious - but then I do love garlic, asparagus and tomatoes!

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