Quinoa Crust Tomato Tart with Artichoke Hearts and Goat Cheese

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Close up of cut Tomato Tart on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Close up of Tomato Tart corner on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

This Quinoa Crust Tomato Tart has artichoke hearts, goat cheese, basil, and garlic.  It’s a healthy alternative to pizza, but still gives you incredible taste!  This was inspired by another recipe, my Bruschetta Topping with fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and creamy goat cheese.  Add some mozzarella and pile it all on a healthy Quinoa Crust and you have an AMAZING and healthy tart!  I love this recipe because you get crunch from the crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It’s addictive and delicious!

QUINOA CRUST IS A HEALTHY OPTION

This is such an easy and healthy crust.  It’s made in a food processor, poured into a pan, then baked until crispy and crunchy!

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  it’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

If you want to try more Quinoa recipes, check out my Quinoa Weekly Meal Plan – 3 recipes, 3 amazing ways to enjoy Quinoa.

Square Tomato Tart cut into pieces on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR QUINOA CRUST

The first thing you need to do is to rinse and then soak the quinoa overnight or for at least 6 hours.  I like to buy organic Quinoa in relatively larger sizes since we use it so often in my house.  This is a good option: Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce.

Quinoa being rinsed for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Quinoa Crust ingredients for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

To make the crust, you simply put the quinoa plus the water, baking powder, salt, and oregano into a food processor.  Then process until fully blended together and smooth, but still textured.  It will be the consistency of a thick batter.  Add the oregano to the mixture and pulse again to mix in.

Quinoa Crust ingredients blended in food processor for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Then pour the quinoa dough into a 9 inch square pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with a coating of Oil. I like to use a spray coconut oil for just a light coating.  Smooth the crust out with a spoon. Finally, sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper.

Quinoa batter in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes. Then remove it and flip it over. The parchment makes pulling it out of the pan super easy.

Then put it back in the oven to cook another 5-10 minutes until the crust is firm and slightly crisp.  Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack until ready to assemble the pizza. You don’t need to fully cool the crust, you just do not want it to steam and get soggy if it sits in the pan.

Quinoa crust baked in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

 

MAKE THE TOMATO TART TOPPING
Slice off the 4 sides (or cheeks) of the tomato, then remove the seeds with your fingers. Discard the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes and add to a large mixing bowl.

Next, dice the artichoke hearts. I use canned artichoke hearts in water, so I drain them first, then dice and add them to the tomatoes.

Fresh Basil really makes such a difference in flavor here.  I love to grow fresh basil all year so I love indoor grow kits.  They also make awesome gifts!  Check out this Indoor Herb starter kit as a gift for yourself or someone else!  It includes Organic, Non GMO Herb Seeds – Basil, Thyme Parsley, Cilantro. Also includes Potting Soil, Pots, Scissors.
Finely slice or chiffonade the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes.  Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl.  HACK: When you buy a head of garlic, mince all of the cloves at once and then freeze the minced garlic, so you always have it on hand!  For more Freezer Hacks to make meal prep easier, download this FREE FREEZER HACK SHEET!

Add salt and pepper and shredded Mozzarella, then mix!

Tomato, artichoke, mozzarella in bowl for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!Tomato, artichoke, mozzarella in bowl for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Spread the topping all over the Quinoa Crust. Then use a fork to scrape in crumbles of goat cheese all over the top. Cook for 30 minutes in the oven.

Quinoa crust Tomato & Artichoke tart in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Quinoa crust Tomato, Artichoke, and goat cheese tart in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Remove from the oven, cut, and Enjoy!!  😍 Carrie

Close up of cut Tomato Tart on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Tomato Tart with Artichoke Hearts and Goat Cheese on Quinoa Crust

This Tomato Tart gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword artichoke, artichoke heart, Bruschetta, goat cheese, pizza, tart, tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Soaking Time 6 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Quinoa Crust

  • 3/4 cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Tart Topping

  • 3 Plum Tomatoes
  • 8.5 oz Artichoke Hearts (1 can)
  • 10 leaves Fresh Basil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella
  • 4 oz Goat Cheese

Instructions

Prepare the Quinoa Crust

  1. Rinse the Uncooked quinoa thoroughly in a strainer. Place the quinoa in a bowl and cover with water to soak overnight.  After the quinoa has soaked for 6+ hours or overnight, rinse it again.

    Quinoa being rinsed for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  2. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees

  3. To make the crust, you simply put the quinoa plus the water, baking powder, salt, and oregano into a food processor.  Then process until fully blended together and smooth, but still textured.  It will be the consistency of a thick batter.  Add the oregano to the mixture and pulse again to mix in.

    Quinoa Crust ingredients blended in food processor for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  4. Then pour the quinoa dough into a 9 inch square pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with a coating of Oil. I like to use a spray coconut oil for just a light coating. Smooth the crust out with a spoon. Finally, sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper.

    Quinoa batter in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  5. Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes. Then remove it and flip it over. The parchment makes pulling it out of the pan super easy.  Then put it back in the oven to cook another 5-10 minutes until the crust is firm and slightly crisp. Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack until ready to assemble the pizza. You don’t need to fully cool the crust, you just do not want it to steam and get soggy if it sits in the pan.

    Quinoa batter in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Make the Tart Topping

  1. Turn the oven down so Preheated to 400 F degrees.

  2. Slice off the 4 sides (or cheeks) of the tomato, then remove the seeds with your fingers. Discard the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes and add to a large mixing bowl.

  3. Next, dice the artichoke hearts. I use canned artichoke hearts in water, so I drain them first, then dice and add them to the tomatoes.

  4. Finely slice or chiffonade the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes. Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl.

  5. Add salt and pepper and shredded Mozzarella, then mix!

    Tomato, artichoke, mozzarella in bowl for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  6. Spread the topping all over the Quinoa Crust.  Then use a fork to scrape in crumbles of goat cheese all over the top.  Cook for 20 minutes in the oven.

    Quinoa crust Tomato, Artichoke, and goat cheese tart in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  7. Remove from the oven, cut, and Enjoy!!

    Close up of cut Tomato Tart on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Creamy Basil and Chive Yogurt Dressing

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This Creamy Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It’s super easy with all ingredients going into the blender, so in just a few minutes, you have a homemade dressing.  I kid you not, I have been putting this Yogurt Dressing on everything!  It’s delicious on any salad, great for drizzling over roasted veggies, delicious over steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing on Kale Salad with chickpeas on top on white plate on counter with basil leaves and dressing jar in back. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

I think my very first homemade salad dressing was a Thousand Island variation with mayo, ketchup, and pickle relish.  That one recipe held me over for years.  But, then my palate – and my growing butt – asked for something a little different, a little healthier.  From there, I started making various vinaigrettes and still make these really simple dressings all the time today.  But I still crave CREAMY dressings, so this Yogurt Dressing is a delicious alternative to mayo-based dressings.  It’s also such a great way to use up herbs from your garden or leftover after a recipe.

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing dripping into a jar sitting on a gray napkin. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

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MAKE THIS YOGURT DRESSING IN MINUTES & MAKE AHEAD!

You are busy!  This dressing is super easy and done in minutes so you can feel good that you know exactly what went into your dressing AND you can make it AHEAD and keep it in the fridge.

This recipe must use fresh herbs.  I love to grow fresh basil all year so I love indoor grow kits.  They also make awesome gifts!  Check out this kit: Herb Garden Planter by Planter’s Pro as a gift for yourself or someone else!  It includes Grow Cooking Herbs Basil, Chives, Oregano, Parsley & More – plus Cedar Wood Planters.

STEP 1 – Pick the basil leaves and rinse them.  Rinse and rough chop the Chives.  Zest the lemon and squeeze the juice.

STEP 2 – Add all ingredients to the blender starting with the Yogurt, Olive Oil, Water, Dijon Mustard, and Honey.  Then adding in the Basil, Chive, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, salt and pepper.

Lemon zest & juice, basil, chives, yogurt, oil all in blender before blending. This Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

STEP 3 – BLEND

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing blended in blender. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

STEP 4 – ENJOY 🙂

That’s it, my friends!

😍 Carrie

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
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Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing

This Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword basil, chives, dressing, salad, yogurt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Cup Dressing
Calories 207 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbls Cold water
  • 2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbls Chives, chopped
  • 3 Tbls Basil, chopped
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Dijon
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Pick the basil leaves, rinse them, and rough chop. Rinse and rough chop the Chives.  Zest the lemon and juice it.

  2. Put all ingredients in the blender starting with the yogurt, water, and oil first, then adding the remaining ingredients.

    Lemon zest & juice, basil, chives, yogurt, oil all in blender before blending. This Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
  3. Pulse and then blended until smooth.  

    Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing blended in blender. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
  4. Pour over salad, roasted veggies, meat, or fish.  Or use as a dip for veggies, bread, or even french fries.  Enjoy!

    Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!