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Beet, Chive & Asparagus Tarts with Spicy Slaw

A simple puff pastry tart filled with herb flavour cream cheese and topped with pickled baby beets, asparagus tips and finished with a spicy slaw topping. Vegetarian and vegan options.

Beet, Chive & Asparagus Tarts with Spicy Slaw

You are such a tart!

Not you, my pies. I've been playing with puff pastry again.

You can't beat a puff pastry tart and there are so many options for filling them. This time I went for pickled baby beets, chives and asparagus tips. A combination made in my kitchen heaven.

So quick to make too!

Easy Beet, Chive & Asparagus Tarts served with Spicy Slaw

Is puff pastry vegan?

Thankfully a lot of the puff pastry and shortcrust pastry available in the shops these days is suitable for vegans. Avoid those that say all butter and check on the back for the ingredients. I by Jus Rol which is suitable for vegans and available in a block or ready rolled sheets of pastry

What fillings to use with puff pastry?

I use a variety of base flavours for my puff pastry tarts, One day I might I spread them with tomato puree, the next time I start with pesto, sometimes I start with mustard and on other occasions hummus is the only thing for that bottom layer. This time I used a cream cheese mixed with freshly chopped chives and black pepper.

For Graham's vegan tarts, I used Violife cream cheese which is dairy free.

For more delicious puff pastry recipes, check out 50 BEST Plant-Based Puff Pastry Recipes for Vegans.

Easy Beet, Chive & Asparagus Puff PastryTarts served with Spicy Slaw

Once I had the base I added pickled baby beets and asparagus tips, then baked them in the oven until golden and crisp.

The baby beets added a sweet tangy flavour with contrasted beautifully with the bitter broccoli flavour of the asparagus and the creamy soft cheese studded with the gentle onion flavour of chives.

It still needed something more, so I topped them with Spicy Slaw.

Baxters Spicy Slaw

Spicy Slaw

Baxters Spicy Slaw to be precise. I've been trying out their new range of deli toppers, which are great lazy toppings to perk up dishes street food style.

The Spicy Slaw has a bit of a kick. It's basically shredded mixed vegetables in vinegar with red chillies. Not too hot, but it has a bit of a kick to it. It would actually be great on homemade veggie burgers and homemade veggie sausages too.

I am so loving this range. Just my kind of thing.

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Beet, Chive & Asparagus Tarts with Spicy Slaw
A simple puff pastry tart filled with herb flavour cream cheese and topped with pickled baby beets, asparagus tips and finished with a spicy slaw topping. Vegetarian and vegan options.
  • 320g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 200g cream cheese (or dairy free cream cheese)
  • a handful of fresh chives, finely snipped with scissors
  • a good grinding black pepper
  • 18 asparagus tips
  • 9 - 12 baby beets, patted on kitchen paper (cut larger ones in half)
  • a splosh of milk (or nut milk), to brush the edges of the pastry
  • 6 tbsp Baxters Spicy Slaw
1. Heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.2. Use a small bowl to cut 6 circles out of the pastry. I had to re-roll the scraps for my last base.3. Place the pastry on baking trays and line a border around each of them, being careful not to cut all the way through.4. Mix the cream cheese with the chives and season with black pepper. Spread each tart with this mixture, keeping inside the border.5. Top each tart with baby beets and asparagus, then brush the edges with milk.6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crisp..7. Before serving top with some spicy slaw and serve with a dressed green salad. Add wedges for an evening meal.8. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Makes 6 individual tarts

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Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington

Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington

A rich mushroom, lentil and nut wellington in golden, crisp puff pastry. The most luxurious pie to serve up as a vegetarian and vegan main course with roast potatoes, vegetables and onion gravy for Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. If you don't like mushrooms, try my butternut, red pepper and potato puff pastry plait.

Disclosure: I created this recipe for Baxters. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Wow these are so cute and colored.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. I love a tart... so quick and easy (ooer!) seriously though, they're such a rapid meal and I really love the flavour combo you've put together here. That spicy slaw is so versatile!

  3. These look super - would love to try that spicy slaw with pastry. Good to know it can be vegan friendly too.

    1. The spicy slaw is good and it perked up the pastry.

  4. They look so cute and they must be delicious too.

  5. I absolutely love the look (and sound) of these Jacqueline. I adore puff pastry but have never thought to fill them like you have here.....scrummy or what!
    Angela x

    1. Thanks Angela, they were really good and there are so many options for fillings.

  6. What a heavenly combination of flavours - some of my absolute favourites in there. You can probably hear my tummy rumbling up in Scotland!

  7. They're lovely little tarts and that slaw is really nice.

  8. I'm a huge fan of savory tarts, they are so easy to throw together and just delicious no matter the combo. I love the sound of these ones, never had beets and asparagus together, so curious to try it out!

  9. Puff pastry really is the miracle ingredient to ahve to whip up a tasty meal. These look lovely, and a perfect use of the spicy slaw.


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