Dairy-Free Vegetable Quiche (With Eggs)

April 6, 2012 by Ali

Ok, the qualifier in the title of this recipe is for people like me who apparently missed the fact that “dairy-free” cooking can still include eggs!

Yeah, my milk allergy friends have taught me that the little “dairy” section of the food pyramid we were taught in elementary school was a bit of a misnomer. And while the term does include all milks, cheeses, etc., it most definitely doesn’t include eggs. (As they said, “eggs are poultry!”)

Lesson learned for this food blogger. :)

So for all of you out there who eat dairy- or milk-free, I have a stellar quiche recipe for you! I was wanting to make a quiche for a brunch a few weeks ago, and in lieu of cheese and cream, decided to instead throw in a ton of veggies and sub in some almond milk. And holy cow! I think I liked this recipe better than my typical quiche recipes that have literally cups of cheese thrown in!! The veggies made it absolutely delicious, and I also loved the little seasoning blend that I improvised. Super tasty. Thankfully everyone else loved it too — a definite winner of a recipe.

Even (ahem) dairy-free.

Dairy-Free Vegetable Quiche


    Quiche Ingredients:
  • 1 recipe pie crust (you can use the dairy-free recipe below, or a store-bought crust, or go "crustless")
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped if desired
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 5-10 asparagus spears, ends trimmed then chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • Dairy-Free Pie Crust Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-4 Tbsp. ice water


To Make The Quiche:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place a prepared unbaked pie crust (see recipe below) in an un-greased pie plate. Use a fork to poke a few holes in the bottom of the crust, and "blind" bake it for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, chopped red peppers, and asparagus, and saute for 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the asparagus is cooked. Remove from heat.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, baking powder, rice or almond milk, salt, paprika, thyme, chipotle powder, and black pepper. Stir in the sauteed vegetables and fresh spinach, and stir until well combined.

Pour the egg and vegetable mixture into the partially-baked pie crust, and use a spoon to even out the top. Place in oven and cook for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Quiche will rise while baking, but should settle back down once you remove it from the oven. Remove from the oven and allow the quiche to set for at least 5 minutes. Then slice and serve immediately.

To Make The Dairy-Free Pie Crust:

Combine salt and flour in a bowl. Cut shortening into the salt and flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until it is well-combined. Add water, then stir with spoon until mixture clings together in a ball. Dough may be slightly moist. If dough is too dry or moist add additional water or flour as needed. Don’t over mix. You should see thin swirls of shortening throughout the dough. Lightly dust your rolling surface with flour, and roll the dough out as desired. To transfer the crust from the rolling surface to the pie pan, fold the crust in half twice. Lift and unfold crust over pie pan.

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to substitute in whatever vegetables you would like! This would also be good with some (cooked) chopped bacon added in.


Adapted from Milk Allergy Companion.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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37 thoughts on “Dairy-Free Vegetable Quiche (With Eggs)

  1. thanks for this recipe. My son and his fiance are coming over to visit and She is lactose intolerant. I’m going to try this for breakfast. Hope it is as delicious as it sounds.

    - Barbara Hanley

  2. I made this tonight and it was yummy!!!!!! not as pretty as yours. I didn’t have a red pepper so I made a smiley face out of slices of Roma tomatoes. email me if you want the pic. I don’t know how to attach the photo. I also put feta cheese on half for my pro-dairy family. :)

    - Sarah

  3. I would like to make this gluten free, is the flour necessary in the filling?

    - Jo

  4. How long do you pre bake the pie crust for?

    - Jenny

  5. Can you make this non-dairy vegetable quiche recipe the night before and refrigerate until baking? How long would you bake it then?

    - helaine

    • Hi Helaine,

      Yes you could do that. The quiche may just need an extra 5 or so minutes in the oven. The toothpick test will let you know when it’s done.


      - Ali

  6. Finally a good recipe for lactose intolerantites!! Now can I use lactose free milk instead of almond milk. I am very allergic to nuts.

    - Miri

  7. I made this tonight with zucchini, asparagus, onion, shallot, carrots, black olives and kale. Used a hash brown crust and substituted goat’s milk for the milk alternative because that is what we had. Used fajita seasoning because I didn’t have any separate chipotle powder. While it isn’t quite as beautiful as yours, so far the ingredients tasted fabulous and it smells nice cooking. Can’t wait to eat this. Thanks for a great veggie quiche recipe.

    - Amber

  8. I’m in the middle of baking this right now, and so far I’ve found that the ingredients provide for way more than one quiche … my pie is overflowing right now.

    - Jenna

    • I’m finding the same thing! I just made one crust, but I have enough filing for another…
      My solution was to just make a quick omelette.

      Hopefully the quiche turns out, I’ll see!
      I used an olive oil crust from food.com…first time not using butter.

      - kat

  9. Did you substitute almond milk for cream or milk at a 1:1 ratio?

    - Audrey

  10. Made this for breakfast and added in broccoli, mushrooms and turkey sausage – delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    - Warner

  11. Also, a great gluten free crust is frozen hash browns. Just mood them into the bottom of your pan and per bake just until a little done. Add filling and bake.

    - Catharine

  12. Keep them coming, Ali. This is so yummy!
    I’m a “veggie” who is trying to avoid cheese and I do so love a good quiche!
    Thank you.

    - Myriam Bay

  13. I almost gave up on finding a quiche that I could eat and was excited to come across this recipe. I substituted the flour to make it gluten-free and it came out great (made mine crustless). The veggies I had on hand were kale, broccoli, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes. Thanks for sharing Ali!

    - Asha

    • Did you butter your dish when you went crustless? Does it need the same amount of time to cook? Did it burn? I’m looking to make this for a pot luck tomorrow morning at work.

      - Tanya

  14. i really love almond milk because it also imparts some supplements and trace minerals in our body. ,

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    - Rubin Meeds

  15. This is so good! I never thought about making quiche without dairy, but this was absolutely delicious. I used the veggies I had on hand–onions, broccoli, zucchini, and basil. Yum!

    - Amanda

  16. So do you pre-bake the crust a little?? How long? It says to take out of the oven but it never said to put it in the oven.

    - jenn d

  17. Thanks for the fantastic recipe! A real winner with the in-laws! No one noticed the lack of cheese, just all the fresh veggies and lovely spices. :) This will certainly be a standard in our house. No substitutions or tweaks necessary!

    - Sara

  18. Not sure–the piecrust should be pre-baked–lightly brown–before pouring in egg & vegetable mixture and taking 45-50 @ 350?

    - Nancy Brown

  19. I had the pleasure of taste testing this dish for Ali….DESlISH!!

    - Christin

  20. Yea! Very glad you posted this… I am definitely ready for some more dairy-free ideas! :)

    - Liisa Rettedal

  21. I’m glad that you got a good recipe out of your past weekend’s events. :)

    - Sarah

  22. Love all of the fresh veggies. This is my kind of quiche!

    - Cassie

  23. I didn’t know that dairy-free included eggs either! Good to know :) And oh my, this quiche is PACKED! I’ll be sure to make it when I have some friends over for some brunch – they’ll be so impressed! :)

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious