Something I always thank myself for during the week is when I give advanced thought to what I will eat for lunch. I usually always plan dinners once a week, and I have lots of good go-to’s for breakfast. But if there are no easy leftovers within reach, lunch is sometimes forgotten. This either leaves me eating a hurried can of tuna with salt an pepper or I find myself eating multiple strips of my 2-year-old’s fruit leather at 3pm.IMG_6720
Quiche is the perfect solution for my lunch-time dilemmas! It can be made in advance, then reheated slice by slice throughout the week. Quiche is really the perfect solution for lots of food dilemmas.

Healthy make-ahead breakfast that includes greens? Quiche.
Easy brunch for friends? Quiche.
Reheat-able dinner for a friend with a new baby? Quiche.

I have had my mind set on making a dairy-free quiche for awhile now. This leek and swiss chard quiche is just that! It is packed with healthy vegetables and tastes so flavorful, you would never guess it is lacking in heavy cream.IMG_6732A slightly sweet and nutty almond flour crust works wonderfully with these flavors. If you feel like making quiche is too much work because of the crust, think again. This almond flour crust is a press-and-bake crust making it way easier than traditional crust you have to roll out. Even if I didn’t have to eat gluten-free I would love this crust for that reason alone! Not to mention how delicious it tastes.

This quiche served with a simple green salad made me excited when lunch time rolled around! You can really adapt it to your tastes or swap out the greens for spinach, kale, etc. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Leek & Swiss Chard Quiche {Dairy-Free, Paleo}

A flavorful, dairy-free quiche packed with delicious greens and baked in a nutty almond flour crust.


    For the Crust:
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter/coconut oil)
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts sliced into half moons
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups Swiss chard, stems removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup goat or feta cheese (optional)


    For the Crust:
  1. Preheat the oven 350 F. In the bowl of the food processor, pulse the almond flour and salt together. Add the coconut oil and egg and process until the mixture forms a ball. Press the dough evenly into a 9-inch pie plate. Pre-bake the crust for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the rest of the quiche.
  2. For the Quiche:
  3. Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a large skillet. Add the leeks and saute for about 10 minutes, until softened. Add the fresh thyme and Swiss chard. Saute for another 2 minutes, until the chard is partially wilted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl combine the eggs, almond milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cheese (if using). Stir in the leek/green mixture, then pour into the pre-baked pie shell. Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 F and continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before serving. Slice and enjoy!


You many need to cover the exposed crust with foil or a pie shield if it looks like it is browning too quickly. Almond meal can be substituted for blanched almond flour.
crust recipe adapted from Elana’s Pantry

23 Responses

  1. lexy says:

    Thank you! We are following a paleo way of eating (including the exclusion of sugar substitutes) and needed a type supper – this is awesome and much appreciated. I will be visiting your blog again – and again – and again i am sure!

  2. […] a crust, I borrowed this nice almond-flour version from over at Meaningful Eats, and cooked according to the directions […]

  3. donna says:

    I am lactose free I can’t have feta cheese so what else can I use ? do I need cheese ?

  4. Alejandra says:

    This recipe turned out delicious! I didn’t sauté the greens. Instead of that, I steamed the sliced leeks. This way I didn’t need to use the 2 tablespoons of oil. After chopping the fresh thyme and Swiss chard I simply added them to the liquid mixture. Huge thanks Erin, after this quiche I just want to try more recipes from your wonderful blog! 🙂

  5. […] I made this pie to use up some chard and leeks from our GAS box.  I used the oat/sesame crust from this pie from 101 cookbooks  and the filling from Meaningful Eat’s leek & swiss chard quiche. […]

  6. D says:

    I am looking for something I can prepare in advance. Could this be made ahead? …and, if so, how far in advance, and would it need refrigeration? Also, would it be as tasty at room temp as it would warm- from-the-oven? Sincere thanks, D

    • Erin Collins says:

      Yes this can definitely be made in advance! I’m actually going to make it for Christmas morning and add bacon. You can make it up to 2 days in advance. I would store it in the refrigerator and reheat it before serving. It would taste great at room temperature the day you make it, but for longer storage I recommend the refrigerator.

  7. […] Leek & Swiss Chard Quiche | I tried leek for the first time last year and love it and I’ve been exploring new greens so this recipe is a total win. […]

  8. Janessa says:

    I really enjoyed this . I used bacon and cheese as well but the crust was great and choice of veggies was awesome. I do not usually enjoy quiche so I will be adding this to a recipe book. Very nice cold or warm! Using snoring form pan was helpful. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Angela says:

    This is such a great recipe. Thanks!

  10. Tanya says:

    This quiche looks yummy! Do you know if I could kneed the dough for the crust by hand? I don’t have a food processor. Thanks a bunch!

  11. Linda cove says:

    The recipe looks yummy but I am allergic to almonds. Any idea what I could use as a substitute in the crust?

  12. Karlee says:

    Hi could I substitute Kale for the Chard? Thank you

  13. […] second recipe is photo-less, and adapted from this Paleo-friendly recipe over on the Meaningful Eats blog. I used a plain old frozen pie crust for my quiche, and added bacon.  I fried up about 6 strips, […]

  14. Susan says:

    do you have the nutritional counts for this? it sounds yummy. I have chard in my garden 🙂

  15. Marni says:

    This turned out amazing!! TY for such a nice recipe.

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