Green Quesadillas

Green Quesadillas / @loveandlemons

In this frigid weather, nothing sounds better to me than soups and sandwiches. But if you’re like me and you keep tortillas on hand more regularly than bread – quesadillas are the perfect little soup or salad accompaniment.

I always love to sneak a few greens into my food but today there’s no hiding it. These green-on-green-on-green quesadillas start with spinach tortillas that I stuffed with cheese, jalapeños, cilantro and sliced collard greens (feel free to sub spinach, kale, or whatever you have on hand)… and pickled shallots for a bright tangy bite.

These are especially good with our Spicy Black Bean Soup.

Green Quesadillas / @loveandlemons

4.7 from 7 reviews

Green Quesadillas

Serves: serves 2
  • 4 tortillas (I used Whole Foods' 365 spinach tortillas)
  • a few handfuls of cheese: cheddar, jack, or vegan Daiya
  • a few handfuls of sliced greens: collards, spinach, etc.
  • ½ jalapeño, sliced
  • a few sprigs of cilantro
quick pickled shallots: (make ahead)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • white wine vinegar (enough to fill the jar of shallots)
  • a few pinches of cane sugar and salt
optional toppings
  1. Make your pickled onions: place ingredients in a small jar, shake it and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (they'll keep for at least a few weeks).
  2. Pile cheese, greens, jalapeños, cilantro, and a few pickled onions onto tortillas. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Fold the tortillas in half and cook quesadillas for a few minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted.
  3. Enjoy as-is or with toppings of your choice.
Make these gluten free by using gluten free corn tortillas.


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  1. Ryan from

    Can’t Wait to try this.

  2. I love the idea of sneaking in greens into meals. This is such an easy recipe yet a perfect one. Love the quick pickled shallots!

  3. Soup and sammies are just what I crave in winter too. I don’t always think of adding greens to a quick quesadilla though, so I love this recipe!

  4. Elizabeth from

    I can’t wait to try these 🙂
    Liz xx

  5. Ale from

    Love them! Totally Mexican approved! Haha 😉

  6. Wonderful! We also love Mexican food, and these quesadillas look amazing!! 😉

  7. Farmer Susan

    Sounds wonderful. Those shallots seem like the perfect gift for next Christmas, that pink color is eye-popping.

  8. Hannah from

    Wow! Love this recipe! Always on the hunt for delicious food to spice up a mundane weekday work lunch.

  9. This looks so healthy and beautiful!! I’ve never seen those tortillas at Whole Foods…I’m going to have to try…and I love (LOVE) pickled onions. I bet those shallots are delicious.

  10. Candice from

    A bit of green makes everything better! 😀 I love your ability to add a healthy twist to naughty dishes 😉

  11. I love the green-on-green-on-green! I love the idea of topping these with greek yogurt, lime and chile powder. YUM! Pinned for later.

  12. I hear you on the yearning for soups and sandwiches when the frigid weather rolls in. I whipped up some bisque today and these quesadillas would make the perfect partner. The hubs is a pickled vegetable fanatic so I think he would be ecstatic to see these when he came home from work.

  13. Love these green tortillas and those pickled shallots are calling my name. Yum!

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