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Corn, chard quesadilla

Summer Vegetable Quesadillas, Pure & Simple

When produce is this abundant (or your CSA box is weighing you down), it’s time to make the very best vegetable quesadillas–light on the cheese and heavy on the veg.

During lock down last spring, quesadillas became our survival food. With three hungry teens fending for themselves, they were a quick reliable lunch or snack food.

A flour tortilla, grated cheese + a hot pan, how much more is there to say?

A lot. Because quesadillas can be so much more. The best quesadilla I ever had near Mexico City was more vegetables than cheese. The flavors were so mild but alive, it needed no salsa or extra toppings.

Chard, corn & scallion quesadilla

A vegetable quesadilla, pure & simple.

Veg-Heavy Quesadillas

When your produce drawer is overloaded. When you have leftover arugula, kale, summer squash or mushrooms. Or when you’re overwhelmed by the summer produce in your CSA box, consider vegetable quesadillas.

Here’s some inspiration from an assortment of CSAs around the country:

I love vegetable quesadillas for leftovers: sauteed, steamed, grilled or roasted vegetables from dinner are all you need to make stellar vegetable quesadillas for one–or many.

Ingredients for vegetable quesadillas

It is one of the best ways I know to reduce food waste at home–along with soups and stews.

With summer downshifting this week and the ramping back up to some semblance of school, vegetable quesadillas can be the answer to a school-at-home lunch or a quick family dinner.

Chard, Corn & Scallion Quesadillas

This recipe features my favorite ingredients for vegetable quesadillas: chard–based on this recipe for sauteed chard {with or without the carrot}. This all-season vegetable plays well with all manner of other vegetables–from zucchini to tomato.

End of summer chowder recipe at

Inspired by a lone ear of leftover corn on the cob, I added corn off the cob, scallion and jalapeno with organic mild cheddar cheese.

The idea is to use whatever you have to make the best vegetable quesadillas, pure & simple.

But I won’t hold it against you, if you topped your vegetable quesadilla with this roasted tomatillo-avocado salsa.


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Chard, Corn & Scallion Quesadillas

It's amazing how you can turn just a few vegetables into a meal. This quesadilla requires just one ear of leftover corn on the cob, a small bunch of chard, a scallion and an optional jalapeno. Vary the vegetables to suit your taste and go light on the cheese. I like to eat this as is to enjoy the flavors of the vegetables, but you may want to top it with a fresh salsa.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword vegetable quesadilla
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author lynnes


  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1 small bunch fresh chard leaves, chopped
  • 1 scallion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, minced optional
  • large pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 ear steamed corn on the cob
  • 1/2 cup grated melting cheese, such as Monterey Jack or mild cheddar
  • 2 10-inch flour tortillas


  • Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and, when hot, add the chard with the water clinging to the leaves and steam briefly. Salt lightly, add the scallion and jalapeno and saute until wilted, about 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning. (Alternatively, use leftover sauteed chard.) Cut the corn off the cob.
  • Wipe out the skillet. Heat one of the tortillas, then sprinkle the cheese all over. Layer one half of the tortillas with about half of the chard mixture and corn kernels to suit your taste. Fold and flip until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy. Repeat with second tortilla and the remaining ingredients.

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