Greek Spinach and Kale Tart with Hazelnut Crust

Inspired by spanakopita, this simple tart is loaded with greens and fresh herbs encased in a hazelnut tart crust. It’s just as delicious served at room temperature, and both the crust and filling can be made in advance for easy preparation.

Greek Spinach and Kale Tart with Hazelnut Crust

Greek Spinach and Kale Tart with Hazelnut Crust

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups (360mL) hazelnut meal
6 tablespoons (90mL) tapioca flour
1/4 teaspoon (2mL) fine sea or Himalayan salt
1/4 cup (60mL) vegan buttery spread, such as Earth Balance, chilled and cut into chunks
1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30mL) cold water

For the filling:
1/4 cup (60mL) extra virgin olive oil
6 cups (1440mL) packed chopped spinach
2 cups (480mL) packed chopped kale
1 1/2 cups (360mL) chopped green onions
1 1/4 cups (300mL) chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup (120mL) chopped fresh mint
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon (4mL) fine sea or Himalayan salt, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon (15mL) lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch tart dish.

To make the crust, put the hazelnut meal, tapioca flour, and salt in a food processor. Pulse about 8 times to combine. Put the buttery spread in the food processor. Pulse about 10 times until the buttery spread is in small pieces. Turn the processor on and drizzle in the water just until the mixture sticks together.

Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared dish. Bake on the middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until firm. If it starts to puff up, gently press it down. Set aside.

To make the filling, put the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the spinach, kale, and green onions, and cook until wilted and softened, about 10 minutes. Add the dill, mint, and garlic, cooking until fragrant and softened. Add the salt and lemon juice. Cook until all liquid has absorbed. Transfer the mixture into the tart shell, pressing evenly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until crust is golden on the edges and the filling is firm to the touch. Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.


Carrot, Kale and Apple Salad with Maple-Tahini Vinaigrette

A bright mixture of late winter fruits and veggies, combined with salted pistachios and dried cranberries deliver a bounty of textures. The vinaigrette ups the ante with a infusion of flavor: bitter tahini, sweet maple, tangy vinegar, and fruity olive oil. I used a Premium White Balsamic Vinegar and Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Della Terra, and local dark maple syrup.

Carrot, Kale and Apple Salad with Maple-Tahini Vinaigrette

Carrot, Kale and Apple Salad with Maple-Tahini Vinaigrette

For the salad:
4 handfuls of baby kale, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into medallions
1 large tart-sweet apple (such as Mutsu), thinly sliced into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup (80mL) dried cranberries
1/3 cup (80mL) roasted and salted pistachios, coarsely chopped

For the vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons (45mL) medium extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon (15mL) dark maple syrup
2 teaspoons (10mL) tahini
1/2 teaspoon (3mL) fresh ginger juice
Fine sea or Himalayan salt to taste

Put the kale, carrots, apples, cranberries, and pistachios in a medium bowl. Mix to combine. For the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, tahini, ginger juice, and a pinch of salt in a small jar. Shake until emulsified. Taste for seasonings, adding salt if needed. Pour the mixture onto the kale mixture. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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Kale with Roasted Chickpeas

This kale recipe (sans chickpeas) is one of my favourite ways to prepare the green, especially with the cider vinegar and red pepper flakes… the perfect zing and spice to amp up the kale. Adding the chickpeas gives a bit of a crunch, and I frequently change up the spice combination on the chickpeas to bring in a new flavor.

kale and chickpea

Kale with Roasted Chickpeas

For the chickpeas:
1 can (15oz/443mL) unsalted chickpeas
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Fine sea or Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For the kale:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 large bunch of kale (about 1 1/4 pounds), washed and chopped
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Fine sea or Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

To roast the chickpeas, preheat the oven to 425F. Toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake for 25 to 40 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want them, stirring often.

To make the kale, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the kale. Mix well. Add the water and apple cider vinegar. Increase the heat to medium-high, cooking until the water is evaporated and the kale is soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a serving dish and toss with chickpeas.