Overrun with tomatoes? What about zucchini? We know you likely have too many garden veggies kicking around. Take vegetables outside of the realm of sandwiches and quick breads by showcasing these summertime staples in savoury quiches and tarts. Simple, light and effortlessly chic, these boundary-bashing slices offer a solution for any meal of the day. Take your vegetables beyond salad this summer and walk on the savoury side of pie.
Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Tart
Inspired by the cuisine of southern France, an intensely savoury tart of vine-ripened summer tomatoes, salty olives and tangy goat cheese is the ultimate warm weather lunch. Take another note from France and serve it up with a glass of rosé.
Vegan Quiche Tarts with Red Pepper Relish
Vegans and those with egg allergies can still get in on the quiche action with these sneaky, egg-free tarts. Put your bushel of red peppers to good use and prepare this bright condiment to pair alongside these or any number of tarts and quiches.
Leek-Zucchini Cheese Tart
Mild leeks and zucchini get a boost from ricotta, Parmesan, feta and eggs. It’s a shareable summer tart-meets-quiche that proves it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Tomato and Cheddar Tart
Pizza-inspired and perfect for diners of all ages, this is an accessible vegetable tart with seasonal tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Adults can add or switch up the toppings with other summer favourites like roasted bell peppers, zucchini and fresh herbs.
Brie and Broccoli Quiche
Mountains of local broccoli are popping up at farmers’ markets and grocery stores throughout the country, but they can be more than just a steamed side dish. Here, broccoli and decadent brie cheese partner up for a quiche that showcases the everyday vegetable in its best light.
Wild Onion and Wild Mushroom Tart
Don’t forget about onions this summer. Now fresher than ever, with thin skins and a sweet interior, they’re a cheap and cheerful vegetable that’s easily groomed to be the star of the show, especially when presented in a buttery crust. Mushrooms co-star in this rich tart for a slice that’s sure to garner applause.
Roasted Vegetable Frittata
Frittatas are basically a crustless quiche, making them the ultimate blank canvas for in-season summer vegetables. This one is loaded with roasted vegetables and Parmesan, before being topped with gruyere and baked to golden brown perfection.
Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts
Big tomatoes, small tomatoes and every size in between can get in on this simple summer appetizer. Use a variety of multicoloured heirloom varieties to make an edible art centrepiece at your next gathering.
Get the recipe for Ina Garten’s Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts
Allison Day is a cookbook author, nutritionist (RHN) and the creator of the award-winning food blog Yummy Beet.