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Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

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These raw tarts capture all the best flavors of summer, yet require no roasting and also remain gluten-free and grain-free. They hold just the right amount of crust to veggies ratio, and, served with a side salad, make for a nourishing, but sufficiently light, lunch or dinner. The crust is made from blended pistachios, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast and sun-dried tomatoes, and the filling could be anything that you would like, but I used thinly sliced zucchini and heirloom tomatoes mixed with a generous amount of chopped basil and minced garlic. Simple, but oh-so-good.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]





  • 3 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 cup raw pistachios
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, somewhat drained (leave some oil) (a little less than 2 8.5 ounce jars)


  • 1 small zucchini, ends chopped, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup pitted black olives, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • A couple pinches of sea salt
  • 4-5 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin (about 18 slices)
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted in a dry skillet, cooled


To Make the Filling:

  1. Add the zucchini, garlic, olives, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper, to taste, to a bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly but gently until well incorporated.

To Make the Crust:

  1. Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder dedicated to nuts and seeds.
  2. Add the pistachios and pumpkin seeds to the bowl of a food processor. Process on high until finely ground, about one minute. Add the flax seeds, nutritional yeast, sun-dried tomatoes and sea salt and process again until a paste forms, about two minutes (if the mixture feels a little dry, add some olive oil, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the right consistency is achieved).
  3. Using your fingers, evenly spread the crust onto each tart pan (about 1/3 cup per tart), coming up the sides, as well. Your fingers will be wet and sticky.
  4. Add one layer of tomato slices to the bottom of the tart, then some of the zucchini mixture, then another layer of tomato slices, etc. until it reaches the top.
  5. Top with extra basil, olives, and pine nuts, and serve immediately.





Nathalie is a natural foods chef and nutrition educator, and the creator of the Vanille Verte and cooking app. The name Vanille Verte comes from her experience growing up on the island of Madagascar. The spice was dominant in her family's kitchen, and so her memories of it are strongly nostalgic. Nathalie's passion lies in creating meals that are not only healthy but also crazy tasty. Her first print cookbook, The Whole Coconut, is due out in 2016.



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