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Quesadilla Verde

  • Serves: Makes 1 tortilla or 4 slices
  • Preparation: 5
  • Cooking: 25
  • Ready: 30

Inspired by Mexican and South American cuisine, this creamy Quesadilla Verde by Alexis Gauthier – now a permanent menu feature at 123V – is packed full of flavour and satisfying textures!


  • 2 large thin corn tortillas – Waitrose do very good ones
  • 2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese – we use Bute Island Sheese
  • 6-9 Kalamata olives, halved
  • 100 g leek
  • 100 g swiss chard
  • generous handful of rocket
  • 1 tablespoon sundried tomato paste



First, make a leek marmalade by sautéing finely chopped leeks and Swiss chard in olive oil for 20 mins, or until very soft, on low heat.

Place two tortillas side by side. Spread each with 1 tablespoon of cream cheese. On one, spread the leek marmalade, on the other spread the tomato paste, then add the rocket and sprinkle the olives.

Close tortillas together like a sandwich, press to bond, then lightly pan fry on a low heat with olive oil. When crispy and lightly brown, remove from pan and slice into 4. Serve while still hot!

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of 123V

“A few years ago some of my chefs and I visited L.A. to find inspiration for vegan recipes and restaurant ideas. I was blown away by the amazing Mexican and South American food being so effortlessly translated as vegan, packed full of flavour with such creamy and satisfying textures. This is my recipe for a Quesadilla Verde, inspired directly from what I tasted there. It’s available at my restaurant 123V as a permanent menu feature.” – Alexis Gauthier

Opening 123V, vegan Chef Alexis Gauthier wanted to create a restaurant experience where everyone would feel welcome, and looked to move casual dining into a plant-based future. The restaurant takes inspiration from around the world, bringing some of the most popular cuisines all together in one place. Creative sushi, comforting burgers and fresh salads all fight for attention on 123V’s exciting menu. They say: “For people to be convinced to change, the world needs delicious plant-based food. We’re here to help that happen.”

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