Mediterranean Vegetable Rose Tart

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots!  

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots - recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

[Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to co-manage this recipe contest with Sabra Dipping Company. I also received free samples of Sabra hummus. Thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Get it on your calendar…..Saturday, May 13 is National Hummus Day! (And as I type this, I just realized I have reservations that day at ilili – a Lebanese restaurant in NYC where I’m pretty certain I’ll be ordering up some hummus.)

But for the past few weeks, I’ve been in hummus heaven thanks to the lovely folks at Sabra Dipping Compay. This month, The Recipe ReDux is partnering with them for a sponsored recipe contest. And I’ve been trying ALL the samples of their flavored hummus and really haven’t been able to pick out my favorite yet.

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Sabra challenged us ReDuxers to create an appetizer or snack recipe using Sabra Hummus that was either gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan or could fit into the Mediterranean diet.

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots - recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

Clearly, by this recipe title, I chose the latter as the Mediterranean diet is made up of the foods I routinely eat and love, which includes plant-based proteins like Sabra hummus <—– #chickpealove.

So, I wanted to feature the veggies on this tart in a different way. When apple “roses” were are all over the Internet last year, I took a crack at them and made these Chocolate Pear Roses for Healthy Aperture. So I figured, why not try this same technique with veggies?

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots - recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

I’ll admit, it took several tries to figure out the best way to slice my zucchini, yellow squash and carrots but in the end, I was happy with the results. I found that using the straight/accordion blade on my spiralizer (<—- affiliate link!) worked best for the zucchini and squash while my basic vegetable peeler worked best for the carrots. You could also use a mandoline, slicing the veggies lengthwise, but I’m not talented enough to do that without removing a finger tip!

Now, this recipe does take a little more time that the typical recipes we feature here but this appetizer will definitely be a hit at your next barbecue or family celebration – both in the look and taste department.

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Mediterranean Vegetable Rose Tart

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots - recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots!  

  • Author: Deanna Segrave-Daly
  • Yield: 30 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 (10 x 14-inch) sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 (10-ounce) container Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry into 13 x 17-inch rectangle.
  3. Coat 9 x 13-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Place puff pastry in sheet pan, pressing dough up the sides of the pan.
  4. With a fork, prick the dough across the entire pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. To prep vegetables, either peel into thin long strips (about 4 – 5-inches) with a mandoline, a spiralizer (using straight/accordion blade) or a vegetable peeler.
  7. Gently spread Sabra hummus over the baked pastry.
  8. Take each veggie strip and roll into a rose shape. Press into the hummus, making rows of vegetable “roses.”
  9. Brush the veggie roses with olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle thyme, black pepper and cheese over top.
  11. Bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and using a pizza cutter, cut into 30 squares. Serve immediately.

And the great thing is you can experiment with different veggies and different Sabra hummus flavors. I made my tart with the Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus but it would also be delish with their Roasted Pine Nuts, Roasted Garlic or Sundried Tomato flavors.

A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots - recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

Next time, I’m going to try it with eggplant slices and the Roasted Garlic flavor – kind like a baba ganoush! #swoon

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A crowd-pleasing appetizer made with hummus, puff pastry, zucchini, squash and carrots - recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com

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