SUMMERY VEGETARIAN QUESADILLAS
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Cheese lovers – this meal is for you! These vegetarian quesadillas feature fresh, summery veggies and three different cheeses.

Summery vegetarian quesadillas with cherry tomato salsa and lemon wedges.

There’s nothing particularly authentic or Mexican about these quesadillas, except perhaps for the fact that there’s a lot of cheese!

We balance out all the cheese with plenty of greens – chargrilled zucchini and a generous helping of edamame beans.

The quesadillas are easily cooked on the barbecue too (insert the spatula under the open side for easy flipping). 

Top with cherry tomato salsa and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon. Yum!

 

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Summery vegetarian quesadillas with cherry tomato salsa and lemon wedges.

SUMMERY VEGETARIAN QUESADILLAS

Keyword: MAIN MEALS, VEGETARIAN
Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 50 minutes
Serves: 4

Cheese lovers - this meal is for you! These vegetarian quesadillas are fresh and summery, with three cheeses, lots of zucchini and a cherry tomato salsa.

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Ingredients

QUESADILLAS

  • 3 zucchini
  • 2/3 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans (155g)
  • 250 g ricotta cheese (8.8oz)
  • 100 g feta cheese (3.5oz)
  • 100 g grated Colby cheese (3.5oz)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 8-10 flour tortillas
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

CHERRY TOMATO SALSA

  • 250 g cherry tomatoes (8.8oz)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/3 red onion
  • 1 large handful fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. MAKE QUESADILLAS

    Peel, spiralise or thinly slice zucchini into wide ribbons and season with a little salt and pepper. Finely dice onion and crush garlic. Place edamame in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over to cover.

  2. Spoon ricotta into a medium-large bowl. Crumble in feta. Add Colby, onion, garlic and herbs. Stir well to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large chargrill pan on medium-high (alternatively, use a regular frying pan or barbecue). Add half the zucchini and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Remove from pan. Repeat with remaining teaspoon oil and zucchini.

  4. Drain edamame. Spread ricotta mixture on half of the top of each tortilla. Top with zucchini and edamame. Fold the other half of the tortilla over to enclose (you should form 8-10 quesadillas).

  5. Wipe out the pan used to cook zucchini and spray with cooking oil spray. Heat on medium-high. Cook quesadillas in batches, for 1-2 minutes each side, until crisp. Keep warm on a rack in the oven if needed (about 100ºC / 210ºF fan bake). Quesadillas can also be cooked on the barbecue.

  6. PREPARE SALSA

    Meanwhile, slice tomatoes into quarters. Finely dice zucchini and onion. Roughly chop basil, if using. Place in a bowl and drizzle with oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.

  7. SERVE

    Serve quesadillas with tomato salsa and lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: A Sauvignon Blanc.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use gluten-free tortillas or wraps.
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: Use mozzarella instead of Colby if you like your cheese a bit oozier!
STORING AND REHEATING: Refrigerate quesadillas and salsa separately. Quesadillas can be reheated in the microwave. For crispier outsides, use a toasted sandwich press or reheat in a frying pan (you can microwave briefly first to warm the insides, to avoid overcooking in the pan). Add salsa and lemon wedges just before serving.

 

 

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