Greek Mixed Greens Pie With Phyllo Crust on a table in a Studio
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Greek Mixed Greens Pie With Phyllo Crust

Reminiscent of spanakopita, the Greek spinach pie, this is a good and easy starter recipe for those who haven’t worked with phyllo dough.

The unbaked pie can be refrigerated for up to 1 day; add 10 minutes to the baking time. It can be chilled in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and frozen for up to 3 months; reheat by placing it in the oven during the time it preheats to 375 degrees; once it reaches temperature, bake for 45 minutes. The baked pie can be cooled completely, then refrigerated for up to 4 days; reheat uncovered in the oven as it preheats to 350 degrees. Once it reaches temperature, bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

Adapted from “You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals,” by Ellie Krieger (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).


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Servings: 8
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for the baking dish
  • 6 thick/large scallions, white and light-green parts, trimmed and chopped (0.5 cups)
  • 3 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, kale and/or collard greens, defrosted and squeezed dry (preferably a mix)
  • 7 ounces (1.33 cups) crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 18 sheets (about 8 ounces) phyllo dough, at a cool room temperature


  1. Step 1

    Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the scallions and cook, stirring, until they have softened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl along with the greens, feta, cottage cheese, two-thirds of the eggs, the dill, parsley, salt and pepper; stir until well combined.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  3. Step 3

    Brush one 9-by-13-inch casserole dish (or two 8-inch square casserole dishes) with oil. As needed, cut the stack of phyllo sheets to fit the large dish if making one pie or in quarters to fit the small dishes if making two pies. Cover the sheets of phyllo with a damp paper towel and keep them covered as much as possible as you work.

  4. Step 4

    Fit 1 sheet of phyllo in the baking dish; brush the dough lightly with some of the remaining oil. Continue to brush and layer until you have 8 sheets in the pan. Top with the mixed-greens filling (or half of it if you are making two pies), spreading the mixture out evenly. Then brush and layer the top with the remaining 10 layers of phyllo, brushing with oil as before. If making two pies, repeat the process.

  5. Step 5

    Brush the top lightly with the remaining egg, then score the top of the pie with a sharp knife (being careful not to cut all the way down to the filling) into 8 sections for the large pie or 4 sections each for the smaller pies. The dish may be frozen at this point.

  6. Step 6

    Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until the top is flaky and golden brown.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

  • Calories


  • Carbohydrates

    27 g

  • Cholesterol

    95 mg

  • Fat

    22 g

  • Fiber

    5 g

  • Protein

    16 g

  • Saturated Fat

    6 g

  • Sodium

    550 mg

  • Sugar

    4 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

Adapted from “You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals,” by Ellie Krieger (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).

Tested by Richard Kerr