Lunch | Dinner

Kale Pesto Pizza

  • 15 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 15-20 Mins

    Cook Time

  • 8


  • 381


  • 13g


  • 49g


  • 18g




  • 1 Package Pizza Crust Mix or Store-Bought Pizza Crust
  • 2 Cups Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup Kale Pesto (use the Kale Pesto recipe)
  • 1 Cup Kale, chopped finely (we used Lacinato kale, but any kind will work)
  • 1 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • ¼ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • NNuts:

    Pesto contains walnuts; omit walnuts and use pumpkin seeds.

  • DDairy:

    Omit mozzarella cheese and use nutritional yeast or a dairy-free cheese.

  • GGluten:

    Replace the pizza crust with a gluten-free version.


  • 1.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

  • 2.

    Prepare Pizza Crust Preheat oven according to the pizza crust or pizza mix instructions. Prepare mix according to package instructions.

  • 3.

    Make Kale Pesto Make the kale pesto. Recipe can be found in the recipe section.

  • 4.

    Smear Pesto on Crust Smear the kale pesto over the top of the crust, leaving about 1/2-inch to 1-inch space around the edge. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

  • 5.

    Bake Pizza Bake the pizza according to instructions, typically about 15-20 minutes.

  • 6.

    Combine Kale & Olive Oil While the pizza is baking, combine kale, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Massage with your hands to evenly coat the kale.

  • 7.

    Add Kale to Pizza 5 minutes prior to the pizza being done, remove from the oven and add kale to the top. Continue baking until kale is crispy and cheese is brown and bubbly.

  • 8.

    Serve Remove from oven and serve warm. Top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if desired.

  • 9.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe adapted from

Nourishment Notes


Kale is a member of the cabbage family. It contains high amounts of vitamin A, K and C. It may help to lower cholesterol levels, protect the heart and reduce inflammation associated with psoriatic disease.


Walnuts are one of the few plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat is important for heart and brain health, as well as reducing inflammation within the body.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil contains antioxidants and monounsaturated fats important to lowering inflammation in the body and reducing the risk of heart disease.

PD Cooking Tips

  • Mezzaluna

    A mezzaluna is a knife that rocks back and forth making cutting foods, such as pizza, easier. A mezzaluna could be used in place of a pizza cutter to more easily slice the pizza.

  • Pre-Made Crust

    To help conserve energy and reduce preparation time, a pre-made crust could be used instead of making your own. Try a whole wheat crust or cauliflower crust option if available.

  • Pre-Shredded Kale

    Bagged, pre-shredded kale can be used instead of tearing strips of kale to help reduce hand strain.

  • Sit on Stool

    Try sitting on stool while preparing this recipe. Standing can often make cooking more exhausting, a stool will help conserve energy.

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