Spanakopita is a traditional Greek dish that means “spinach pie.” It’s savory, and usually made a filling of feta cheese, eggs, spinach, and seasonings layered in filo pastry. This dairy-free spanakopita recipe was contributed by a reader, and uses a combination of tofu, cheese alternative, spinach, and eggs for a balanced flavor and a boost of nutrition and protein. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?
Filo pastry is very often dairy-free, but be sure to check the packaging. A few brands do contain butter or milk in some form.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Spanakopita
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free, and vegetarian.
For egg-free and vegan spanakopita, you can try a whole egg substitute like VeganEgg or Just Egg. But we haven’t tested these as of yet.
- 1 (14-ounce) package medium firm tofu, drained and crumbled
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1 (7-ounce) package dairy-free cheese alternative, shredded or chopped (such as Chao or Daiya)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons dill weed
- 1 teaspoon oregano or basil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 package filo pastry (20 sheets), thawed
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a rectangular casserole dish.
- In a bowl, mix together the tofu, spinach, cheese alternative, onion, eggs, dill, oregano, and sea salt, until combined.
- Put four sheets of filo on the bottom of your prepared casserole dish, and spread ¼ of the filling on top. Repeat this process, four sheets of filo topped with ¼ of the filling, three more times, Then top with four more sheets of filo.
- Drizzle the olive oil on top of filo and brush it on evenly.
- Bake the spanikopita for 45 minutes, or until it is lightly risen and the top is browned.
- Pie will rise and brown.
Might want to try pumfu as a tofu alternative
I don’t eat soy products such as tofu. Can I just omit it or is there something I can substitute for it?
You won’t want to omit it since it is one of the primary ingredients. You can substitute it with a dairy-free soy-free feta alternative, and possibly omit the other cheese alternative. It’s hard to say without testing the recipe what would work best. The top four posts here -> https://www.godairyfree.org/?s=feta – are all soy-free feta options. The first two are products, the second two (almond and hemp fetas) are recipes.