Asparagus and Broccolini Tart

The perfect make-ahead appetizer is here! This asparagus and broccoli tart can be made a day in advance, so you have one less thing to worry about when prepping for guests! Not to mention, the delicious hazelnuts in the crust add the perfect unique flavor!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword asparagus tart
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 347 kcal



  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp 35% cream


  • 4 oz fresh goat cheese
  • 3 tbsp 35% cream
  • 1 lb mix of blanched vegetables (wild asparagus or thin asparagus cut in half lengthwise and sprouting broccoli)
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • chopped, toasted hazelnuts for serving



  1. In a food processor, chop the hazelnuts with both flours. Add the thyme and salt. Mix to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is pea-sized. Add the cream and pulse until the dough comes together. 

  2. Place the dough in a tart mould 9 inches in diameter and with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly on the bottom and sides of the mould. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

  3. With the rack in the middle position, preheat oven to 400°F.

  4. Using a fork, prick the bottom of the tart shell. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden. Let cool completely on a wire rack. 


  1. In a bowl, combine the goat cheese and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Spread evenly across the bottom of the cooled tart shell. 

  2. In another bowl, combine the vegetables with oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the vegetables on top of the cheese. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and serve.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted from Vegetables First: 120 Vibrant Vegetable
Forward Recipes by Ricardo Larrivée. Copyright © 2019 Ricardo Media. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House
Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Nutrition Facts
Asparagus and Broccolini Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 91.7%
Vitamin C 10.4%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 12.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.