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Savory Harvest Vegetable Tart with Toasted Quinoa Crust

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards; Styling: Ginny Branch


Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 35 mins

Serves 12 (serving size: 1 (2-inch) tart wedge)

The deep flavors of the roasted vegetables pair perfectly with the nutty flavor and crunchy texture of the quinoa crust and the creamy herbed cheese in this tart.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 cups chopped leftover roasted vegetables (such as carrots, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, onions, and parsnips), at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons torn parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze

Nutrition Information

  • calories 145
  • fat 8.6 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 13 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 21 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 115 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Place quinoa on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden brown; cool. Place half of quinoa in a food processor; pulse 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining toasted quinoa, almond meal, cornstarch, and salt to bowl; stir to combine. Add oil and egg; stir until mixture is crumbly but holds together when pressed. Press into bottom and up sides of a 4 x 13-inch removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden and crisp; cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. While crust cools, combine chopped parsley, shallot, black pepper, cream cheese, and goat cheese, stirring until smooth; spread evenly in bottom of crust. Arrange vegetables evenly over cheese mixture; top with parsley leaves. Remove tart from pan; drizzle with balsamic glaze.