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August 13, 2012

by Alyssa

Zucchini & Goat Cheese Tart

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Zucchini & Goat Cheese Tart | Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

I'm going to tell you something that I'm not very proud of. I'm scared of gluten-free pie crust.

The thought of it is daunting. How can I possibly compete with it's gluteny counterpart? Gluten-free pie crust has been a fear of mine for quite some time, one that I pushed out of my mind as soon as it cropped up. I just hit the ‘ignore' button in my brain and made it go away. But tonight I mustered up the courage and actually tried it.

A gluten-free, vegan pie crust.

My very own Gluten-Free Olive Oil Pie Crust.

And you know what? It worked! On my first try, too!

Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart | Gluten-free | Queen of Quinoa

Trust me, I did my homework first. I scoured the internet for the perfect recipe. Looking for one that was not only gluten-free but also vegan, and I just couldn't find the one.

Without the butter, I was lost.

But instead of succumbing to my fears, I decided to face them head on. I mean it doesn't have to be perfect the first time around, right? What's the worst that could happen? It wouldn't turn out and I'd try again.

Mistakes make us better.

The crust that I came up with is perfect for this cheesy vegetable tart. It isn't your traditional pie crust, that you roll out, fold over itself. That flakes with every bite. It wouldn't work for apple pie. It wouldn't work for a lattice top.

But it's just right for this recipe. 

Zucchini & Goat Cheese Tart | Gluten-free | Queen of Quinoa

A fresh and summery vegetable tart, filled with creamy chevre and tangy gouda. Whether you choose to use my zucchini, tomato combination, or a mixture of your favorite veggies, this tart will not disappoint. Have it for a healthy weekend brunch or an easy week night meal. Either way I'm sure you'll be smiling.

Zucchini & Goat Cheese Tart

Have it for a healthy weekend brunch or an easy week night meal. Either way I'm sure you'll be smiling.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 324kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • To prepare the crust, add all the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse 10 times to combine.
  • Slowly add the olive oil and pulse to combine, another 10 - 15 pulses.
  • Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing between each addition.
  • Transfer the dough to a parchment linked work surface and "knead" it into a ball, patting it down to flatten it slightly.
  • Place another sheet of parchment over the dough and roll it out.
  • As carefully as you can transfer the dough to a 9" tart pan. The dough will most likely fall apart here, but that's okay. Simply press the dough into the pan with your fingers until it lines it entirely. Transfer the crust to the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  • Add the onions and zucchini to a pan over medium heat and saute until soft, 3 - 4 minutes.
  • While the vegetables are cooking, beat the eggs, almond milk and cheese together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the vegetables and cherry tomatoes to the egg mixture, season with salt and pepper, and mix to combine.
  • Remove the crust from the fridge and carefully pour the filling into the pan.
  • Bake in the center of a warm over for 45 - 55 minutes, until the center has set and no longer giggles when you give it a little shake.
  • Remove the tart from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Slice into wedges, and serve warm with a touch of hot sauce for flare.
  • Enjoy!


crust: gluten-free | dairy-free | vegan | soy-free | egg-free | nut-free filling: gluten-free | soy-free | nut-free


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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  1. I didn’t have any millet flour so used half and half of garbanza flour with sourgum flour. The pastry was very crumbly. The quiche is in the oven as I speak. It looks OK. Looking forward to having a large slice with my green salad. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. What am I not understanding about the recipe for the Goat Cheese Tart? Under ingredients, all it says is this: #ingredient#

  3. You managed to make something like this gluten-free AND vegan ? Good on you ! I will be trying this soon 🙂

      • Yes, well, I meant the crust specifically 😉
        Actually I have no problems with dairy – lucky me – but I find glutenfree baking still quite challenging, so I’m amazed you managed to make such a beautiful crust.

        • Thank you, thank you! That means a lot 🙂 I was surprised how easily it came together, but the more and more I play around with different flour combinations, the more and more comfortable I become with the ingredients!

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