Kale Pesto Pizza

Kale Pesto Pizza

Scarlett and I have a regular pizza picnic night whenever my husband goes out of town. We throw a blanket down on the floor in the family room, put on a movie and place a pie between us. I used to get a whole wheat pizza from a local spot, but, a few years ago, I decided we’d have more fun making our own. If you’re not making your own dough, the process is super quick. I found a great frozen spelt dough at my local Whole Foods and I keep a few in the freezer at all times. Scarlett loves rolling the dough out and we often divide it up to make our own personal pizzas. She loves being in the driver’s seat of her dinner and I like getting to lather mine with goat cheese–a topping she hates. Almost immediately after coming up with this recipe for  kale pesto, I stopped using a red sauce. I’ve always a fan of white pizza (preferably at 3am after a night out but that is an entirely different blog) so why not go green. However, green can be a hard sell for kids. I’m really not sure why. It’s not like most kids have ever had to do a shot of wheatgrass (the stuff tastes like a soggy lawn but it’s so good for you!), so why all the fuss? It can’t all be because of broccoli?! Or can it?

Even if you have die-hard red sauce devotees, I was initially able to sell the “green sauce” because Scarlett was already familiar with it from our quiche recipe. (Have you tried our quiche? It’s so good! SPC Kale Quiche) However, you can easily tell your family it’s green for Christmas. (Too soon?) St. Patrick’s Day? (Really too soon?) It’s all about marketing, folks. You just need the angle that works for your family.

Photos By Maya Visnyei

Kale Pesto Pizza


  • For the kale pesto:
  • 3/4 bunch kale, cleaned and tough stems removed
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • For the pizza:
  • 1 frozen spelt or whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh, shaved parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil


For the pesto:

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add kale and coat with oil mixture. Cover and allow kale to wilt, until tough stems are tender, about 6 to 8  minutes. Remove kale from pan and place in food processor. Process until it becomes the texture of a fine pesto. Put aside.

For the pizza:

Preheat oven to 425

Place the cornmeal on a flat surface and flour your rolling pin.

Roll out the dough until it's about an inch thick.

Drizzle the dough with olive oil and spread it around with a brush or your fingers.

Spread the kale pesto evenly across the surface of the dough. 

Using a tablespoon, place dollops of ricotta randomly on the pie.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Place on a pizza stone or baking sheet and place in the oven.

Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbling.


Obviously, you can throw whatever you want on the pie. After all, it’s your pizza. However, you can’t beat the nutritional wallop this kale pesto delivers. I used to make a vegetable for the side of our pizza picnic nights but who needs to now. We just make sure we leave room for dessert. I mean, you can’t have a picnic without dessert.

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  1. jacq
    November 03, 09:37 Reply

    Holy this looks good. Thanks to you guys I finally tried kale after a ten year hiatus and was amazed at what a little bit of garlic could do. Will try this for sure, only I’m terrible at rolling out dough. My son will never touch it but hey… I got to eat!

    • Laura Keogh
      November 03, 22:35 Reply

      It’s really yummy. I hope you get a chance to give it a try. We will make it our mission to create a recipe your son will touch! Thanks for your note.

  2. Maya Visnyei
    November 03, 09:58 Reply

    OMG! This was sooo delicious at the shoot!!! Yummm.

  3. Erin
    November 03, 12:11 Reply

    Do you have a spelt pizza dough recipe you could share?

    • Laura Keogh
      November 03, 22:31 Reply

      Hi Erin, Yes, I do. I’ll post if for you tomorrow. Thanks for asking.

  4. Barbara Yankoski
    November 03, 13:25 Reply

    This sounds and looks so yummy. Just happen to have a s—load of kale ready to harvest even though I only grew one plant in a pot but it soon took over and went rogue on me. I will definitely be making it very soon. Sweet Scarlett, looking stylin’ as usual seems very at home in the kitchen now. I miss my wee girlies who have we girlies of their own as well as their own kitchens now. Cheers from me on the west coast of Canada. Love to see you pop up on my Facebook as I know I have new recipes to try. 🙂

    • Laura Keogh
      November 03, 22:31 Reply

      There’s our girl, Barb! I read your note to Scarlett. She can’t believe she has a fan in Vancouver! Thank you for your note and all the love!

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