Kale Pesto Pizza Recipe

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Amy Baker Modified: March 23, 2022
Kale Pesto Pizza Recipe

How To Make Kale Pesto Pizza

Upgrade your pizza recipe with this kale pesto pizza. Crispy kale added on top of the pizza crust with various toppings baked until golden brown.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For the Pizza:

  • 1batch easy whole wheat pizza dough,or 1 pound store-bought pizza dough
  • 2cupsmozzarella cheese,grated, low-moisture part-skim
  • 1cupkale,lightly packed, chopped into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1tspolive oil
  • red pepper flakes,optional garnishes

For the Kale pesto:

  • 3cupskale,preferably the Tuscan/lacinato variety, thick ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • ¾cuppecans,or walnuts
  • 2tbsplemon juice,about 1 small lemon
  • 2cloves garlic,depending on their size
  • ¾tspfine-grain sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper,to taste
  • ½cupolive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F with a rack in the upper third of the oven. If you’re using a baking stone or baking steel, place it in the oven on the top rack.


  1. In a food processor, add the kale, pecans, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and several twists of freshly ground black pepper. Turn on the food processor and drizzle in the oil.

  2. Process until the pesto reaches your desired consistency, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt, or pepper if necessary.

  3. Prepare the pizza dough as directed.

  4. Top the pizza with an even layer of pesto. Sprinkle cheese over the top.

  5. Lastly, in a small bowl, toss 1 cup chopped kale with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

  6. Rub the oil into the kale so it’s covered with a light, even layer. Distribute the kale evenly over the top of the pizza.

  7. Transfer one pizza to the oven, either on a baking sheet or onto your preheated baking stone. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese on top is bubbly for about 10 to 12 minutes on a baking sheet, or as few as 5 minutes on a baking stone.

  8. Repeat with the remaining pizza, if necessary. If desired, top pizza with a light sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Slice and serve.


  • Calories: 3833.09kcal
  • Fat: 302.78g
  • Saturated Fat: 103.07g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 150.81g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 35.37g
  • Carbohydrates: 148.81g
  • Fiber: 16.59g
  • Sugar: 12.38g
  • Protein: 142.69g
  • Cholesterol: 462.58mg
  • Sodium: 5116.38mg
  • Calcium: 3342.01mg
  • Potassium: 1357.32mg
  • Iron: 11.62mg
  • Vitamin A: 1346.98µg
  • Vitamin C: 91.29mg
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