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Healthy Salad Greens Torta {gluten-free}

Delightfully unusual and surprising–who would expect salad greens baked in a cake pan? Here you have it–handfuls of mixed greens, with fresh egg, sharp cheddar cheese and cornmeal, baked until golden—healthy salad greens torta.

Healthy Salad Greens Torta

It’s kind of a pie or a tart without the crust. Let’s call it a torta, which is the Italian and Spanish word for cake.

After it cools, the salad greens torta is sturdy enough to pick up with your hands. Bake in a 9-inch round pan or square pan, then cut into bite-size pieces, and decorate with slices of cherry tomato–it becomes appetizers. Double bonus–it’s gluten free.

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ingredients for Healthy Salad Greens Torta

When you’ve mixed all the ingredients for healthy salad greens torta and you’re ready to put it in the pan, you will say to yourself, this will never work–too much lettuce–what on earth is holding it together? Have faith, go with it. Baked, the torta comes out of the oven looking just like the photos!

One time I fed this healthy torta to a picky-eating 13-year-old. He didn’t have a clue what was in it, but he loved it and asked for seconds. Do you suppose it was the pumpkin seed crunchiness and the zingy spicy heat? Or all the cheese?

unbaked mix for Healthy Salad Greens Torta

Serve warm or cold, a wedge (or two) along with a big spoonful of your favorite tomato sauce. I don’t think it’s redundant to serve the torta with a colorful veggie-full salad, because when baked, it looks and behaves like a torta, not salad!

Healthy Salad Greens Torta

Healthy Salad Greens Torta recipe details:

  • Blends of young, small salad greens, aka baby salad mixes, are readily available in supermarkets, sometimes in bulk, often in see-through clamshells. Earthbound Farms, Organic Girl, and Cut ‘N Clean Greens all package several assortments that are perfect in this torta. Try baby arugula too.
  • We’re addicted to fruity red Aleppo pepper flakes–sprinkled on sandwiches and avocado toast, and on top of this torta. Once you get your taste buds on Aleppo pepper, you’ll know why we can’t stay away. It adds big sparkle to pasta dishes, like this quick-to-make pasta with greens.

Healthy Salad Greens Torta

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