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Easy vegetarian tarts for the summer picnic season

by Malou Herkes

published on 10 June 2019

This year, avoid bundles of plastic-wrapped ready-made picnic food for your sunshine-filled lunch at the park. Instead, make up a delicious hamper of home-cooked picnic goodies. Think grain salads and homemade hummus, bowls of olives and a homemade quiche or tart as the crowning centrepiece. Making your own doesn't need to be a drag. Try one of these quick and easy vegetarian tart recipes for a meat- and stress-free showstopper. 

easy broccoli tart

Broccoli, Gorgonzola, Chilli and Walnut Quiche from The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

The Most Indulgent Quick Cook Quiche is what Rukmini calls this delicious take on the classic French tart. Here she uses puff pastry, topped with the perfect pairing of broccoli and gorgonzola with a modest kick of chilli, assembled and cooked all in one tin. Easy. 

From the book

asparagus tarts

Three-ingredient Asparagus Tartlets from Three Ingredient Baking by Sarah Rainey 

Tangy Swiss Gruyère, seasonal green asparagus and pillowy, buttery puff pastry are all you need to make these whip-up-in-minutes tartlets.

Get your copy of Three-Ingredient Baking here

leek and watercress tart

Watercress and Brie Flamiche from A Good Egg by Genevieve Taylor

If a cross between a pizza and quiche sounds delicious to you, then try this flamiche. You can either make your own dough or, if you want to follow the simple route, buy in some puff pastry. With an egg-and-cream-rich leek topping, this is indulgent and tasty. 

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tomato and pesto tart

Tomato, Pesto and Goat’s Cheese Tart from The Little Book of Lunch by Caroline Craig and Sophie Missing

Make the most of summer tomatoes and pair them with goat's cheese and pesto on a buttery puff pastry base. Simple to make and perfect for taking to the park or for your office lunch. 

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onion tart annabel karmel

Onion and Gruyère Tart from Annabel's Family Cookbook by Annabel Karmel

This classic tart contains a delicious mix of slowly caramelised onions and Gruyère cheese. Make your own Parmesan pastry with a food processor to keep it simple.

Get your copy of Annabel's Family Cookbook here

tomato tarte tatin

Tomato Tarte Tatin from The Skinny French Kitchen by Harry Eastwood

You can make your own sun-dried tomatoes here or buy them ready-dried in this 4-ingredient tarte tatin recipe that's as simple as it is delicious. 

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