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Vegan Grilled Cranberry Pistachio Quesadilla

Grilled Cranberry Pistachio Quesadillas

Yah. You read that right. I put cranberries, pistachios and some Diaya Jack cheese together in a quesadilla.

And then I grilled it.

Vegan Grilled Cranberry Pistachio Quesadilla

And then I ate more of them than I care to admit.  But I’m not sorry, because they were really, really good. You know that taste explosion you get when you mix salty, sweet and rich together? This was that, times a gajillion. Truly, the salty nuts, sweet (dried) cranberries and rich gooooey jack cheese are the perfect combination, expected or not.

The second best part about these is that I made them on the grill. Look at those grill marks!

Vegan Grilled Cranberry Pistachio Quesadilla

My only regret is that I didn’t think these up myself. If I had, I’d be taking out ad time just to let the world know that I am, in fact, a genius. Sadly (for me), that honor goes to Andrea Chesman who wrote The New Vegetarian Grill. My hat’s off to you, Andrea!

Maybe I get points for veganizing it, though?

Grilled Cranberry-Pistachio Quesadillas (Makes 2 quesadillas)


  • 4 large tortillas (I used burrito-sized)
  • 6 ounces Daiya jack cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted pistachios


  1. Schmear approximately 1.5 ounces of cheese on one side each of two tortillas, then sprinkle with the dried cranberries and pistachios. Schmear the rest of the cheese on one side each of the remaining tortillas, and press together.
  2. Grill over medium/medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, then flip. Leave on for another 5 minutes, then cut and serve.  When you first put the quesadillas on the grill, shift them around a bit so they don’t stick (you can also use non-stick spray, but I haven’t needed it).


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  • conniefletch July 18, 2012, 4:14 am

    What in the world are you doing up so early???? And yes, you get lots of points for veganizing this recipe. LOTS!! I just got Andrea’s book and I really like it! Thanks for trying this one (and veganizing it)! I guess I’ll be trying it as well…..

    • Barb July 18, 2012, 5:32 am

      The posts are scheduled in advance, I wasn’t actually up 🙂 I bought the book back when I first went vegetarian, but I only used it once or twice and then sort of forgot about it- not sure why, cause it’s full of GREAT recipes!

  • Somer July 18, 2012, 9:00 am

    That looks like a crazy good combo!!!

    • Barb July 18, 2012, 1:19 pm

      Agreed on both Crazy and Good!

  • An Unrefined Vegan July 18, 2012, 11:56 am

    Yep. That combo totally speaks to my stomach.

    • Barb July 18, 2012, 1:19 pm

      Good, mission accomplished 🙂

  • Kate White July 18, 2012, 12:10 pm


  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk July 18, 2012, 12:43 pm

    That sounds so weirdly delicious! I’m pinning this!!

    • Barb July 18, 2012, 1:20 pm

      It totally sounds weird, but it’s really good. I saw it in the cookbook and it spoke to me, but it still took me years before I actually made it. Not sure why!

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook July 18, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Sweet and salty is my favourite combination! Love this!

    • Barb July 18, 2012, 1:20 pm

      Sweet, Salty and CHEEEEESE is mine 🙂

  • epicureanvegan July 18, 2012, 2:06 pm

    What an amazing idea!! Seriously…I’m on the way to the store to buy these ingredients.

    • Barb July 20, 2012, 6:54 am

      If you make it, let me know what you think!

  • Lauren July 18, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Omg yum! This looks amazing.

    • Barb July 20, 2012, 6:54 am

      Ha ha, I figured you’d think it looked “gross” 🙂

  • Sarina @ Earthgiven July 19, 2012, 8:51 am

    Great idea! I love Daiya with sweet fruit and nuts.

  • thecrueltyfreereview July 19, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I think you need to change the name of the blog to: You Can Mix Those Foods Together…and It’s Vegan? Okay, that might be a bit long for a name, but you definitely get points for creativity and veganization (I just made up a new word!)

  • Richa@HobbyandMore July 19, 2012, 4:32 pm

    whaaa.. i am thinking the same thing.. why dint i make this before!

    • Barb July 20, 2012, 6:55 am

      It’s not too late 😉

  • lisa July 20, 2012, 9:22 am

    I just saw this slideshow presentation with 8 mouthwatering summer vegan recipes (http://www.natural-alternative-therapies.com/summer-vegan-recipes/) but after seeing your blog – Yours are much better:) You have a great blog, keep up the good work!

    • Barb July 20, 2012, 12:58 pm

      Well thanks- those look pretty good too tho 🙂

  • Heather July 26, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Wow these look crazy good! I love your wacky quesadilla, you are like the quesadilla queen 🙂

    • Barb July 26, 2012, 12:28 pm

      Not a bad thing to be queen of 🙂

  • Lisa August 4, 2012, 4:39 am

    OMG! Making these immediately!

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