Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche

This quiche is perfect for spring! A vegetarian recipe that combines cherry tomatoes, leeks, spinach and goat cheese to make a hearty breakfast, brunch, or dinner. 

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

The other day Eric went for a run, then came back and took a shower. When he came from his room, Charlotte said, “Wow Dad, you smell good!”

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

My brother Nathan was visiting, and to be silly, he said to Charlotte, “What does your nose smell like?” And before she could do anything more than giggle, Truman chimed in with, “It smells like boogers!”

It was quite a revelation to all of us. What if our noses really DO smell like boogers? We would never know.

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

(By the way, I didn’t used to think jokes about boogers were funny. I used to be proper. I also used to not be a mom. Having a 3-year-old boy whose favorite word is “poop” just kind of changes the way you look at the world.)

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

Do you love quiche as much as I do? I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. There is just something magical about eating pie crust for breakfast. Especially when that flaky crust is filled with eggs, basil, yummy veggies, and GOAT CHEESE.

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

If you are not a goat cheese fan, make this quiche as written and please let me know when you’ve changed your mind. (Kelly, I’m looking at you. My friend Kelly once told me all the things that she thought goat cheese smelled like, and I haven’t spoken to her since. Just kidding. But seriously Kelly. Jump on the goat cheese train.) I live for this stuff.

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

You have to be careful to clean leeks very well. Run them under cold water, bending the outer layers back to get all the dirt out before slicing. If I were making this again I would chop them even finer than this.

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

I also love the flavor that the leeks add to this quiche, but if leeks aren’t your thing you can totally substitute green onions. Or regular onions. Honestly, quiche is pretty adaptable. Go crazy! I love using Almondmilk in this recipe instead of the typical cream or half and half called for in quiche. I didn’t notice a difference at all, and it’s way fewer calories!

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche from The Food Charlatan

This would be perfect to make next week for Mother’s Day, if you are hosting brunch!

If you make this, let me know! Use #TheFoodCharlatan on Instagram so I can see it!

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Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche

Yield: Serves 6-8

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch pie crust (I have a homemade recipe here)
  • 1 cup (packed) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • half a leek*, chopped
  • 1 (9 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • most of a 10 ounce box of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh basil, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Use nonstick spray or butter to grease your pan.
  2. Arrange the pie crust into a quiche pan or 9 inch pie pan. Trim the edges if necessary.
  3. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on the bottom of the crust.
  4. Trim the green parts of the leek, as well as the roots. Spilt the leek lengthwise. Run under cold water, using your fingers to bend back the layers. Leeks are super dirty, so do a good job. Save half of the leek for something else (top a pizza! Throw in soup!) Use a sharp knife to chop one half of the leek, make the pieces about the size you would chop an onion. Sprinkle the chopped leek over the cheese.
  5. Use your hand to squeeze the thawed out spinach. Try to get out as much moisture as you can. Spread the chopped spinach over the leeks.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup fresh basil next.
  7. Crumble the goat cheese using a fork. Sprinkle over the basil.
  8. Use a serrated knife to halve most of the cherry tomatoes. Fit as many as you can on top of the quiche. I used maybe all but 10.
  9. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together 6 eggs, Almondmilk, salt, and pepper. Beat for about 1 minute, then pour over the quiche.
  10. If your quiche pan separates, or if your quiche looks very full, make sure you place the dish on a baking sheet just in case it leaks or overflows.
  11. Bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes, or until the top has started to brown and the quiche doesn't wiggle when you shake it.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before diving in. Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!

Notes

*If you are not a leek fan you can substitute 1 bunch green onions, chopped.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2016/04/27/cherry-tomato-leek-and-spinach-quiche-recipe/

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California Quiche from Life, Love, and Good Food
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  1. Cindy says

    Can you make this without the crust? We are both diabetics and try to cut carbs as much as possible. Thanks

    • says

      Hey Cindy! I’ve never tried it but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work! At the bottom of this post is a link to a friend’s recipe for crustless quiche. Why don’t you check out that recipe and see if you get any tips for how to do a crustless version? It’s obviously a thing, even though I’ve never tried it. Good luck, let me know how it goes!

  2. says

    I have never seen such a beautiful quiche in my whole life! I rarely use leeks, but this eggy plate looks like just the place for them.

  3. says

    I could eat this quiche for any meal. It looks perfect. I love all of those tomatoes. And I really like that you used almond milk to cut the calories.

    • says

      Thanks Amanda! I’m with you, quiche for breakfast lunch and dinner please :) I was so pleased with how well this quiche worked with almond milk! I will be doing it from now on!

  4. Abbie says

    I made this for dinner tonight (and breakfast tomorrow!). My boyfriend LOVED it, even though he was tentative about the almond milk. Delicious, thank you.

  5. Eloisa says

    What a beautiful recipe!
    What could I substitute the sharp cheddar with? I’m planning to make it sometime, but it’s hard to find that here!
    Congratulations on a great blog! :)

    • says

      Thank you Eloisa! Now I’m wondering where you are from that you can’t find sharp cheddar. I lived in Peru one summer and they didn’t have any there. My mom sent me a 2 pound block in the mail (seriously) so that I didn’t have withdrawals. haha! Really though you could substitute any cheese that you like. Something simple like mozzarella would be good, or something more exciting like gouda would be good too! It’s quiche, and you can’t really go wrong with cheese in quiche. :) Enjoy!

  6. Lorraine says

    This looks amazing and I LOVE leeks! I’m excited to make it but have a pretty strong aversion to basil. Do you know of anything that might be a good substitute?

    Thank you!

    • says

      Hey Lorraine! If you don’t love basil you could just leave it out, or replace with spinach. Or you could try another herb you like, like some fresh thyme or something would be good. Let me know how it goes!

  7. Janet says

    This quiche is beautiful! I want to make it for brunch for a couple of friends tomorrow. Could I use fresh spinach? I know the frozen adds a little more moisture than the fresh but I prefer to use fresh. What do you think?

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