Kale Pesto & Roasted Garlic Pizza

Wow, Monday already!  After such perfect park lounging weather this weekend and drowning my injury sorrows in chocolate last night, it will be a little hard to get through today. 😉

If you do one thing this week, month, or year, you MUST make this kale pesto I am about to share.  You must also use this kale pesto to make a Kale Pesto & Roasted Garlic Pizza.  You DON’T have to share the pizza.  If you want to make it today in honor of Meatless Monday, that’s rad… go for it!! As far as I’m concerned, I could eat this stuff 7 days a week.

Introducing the most epic veg-friendly meal I have had in a long time….

 Kale Pesto & Roasted Garlic Pizza



Adapted from this recipe                                           Click here for a printable recipe

Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with two leafy greens!

What you need for the pesto:

  • 4 cups (268 g) chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) roasted red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, roasted, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons (14 g) toasted, shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup (20 g) fresh spinach, loosely packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


What you need for the pizza:

  • Pre-made pizza crust or dough (I use a gluten-free crust due to my gluten allergy)
  • 1/2 chopped white onion
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, roasted, peeled
  • 2-3 bulbs of garlic
  • Cheese of your choice (I use Daiya mozzarella dairy free cheese due to lactose intolerance)


1. Roast 2-3 bulbs of garlic in the oven.  Read this great article for a how-to.


2. In a large pot of salted, boiling water, blanch 4 cups (268 g) of kale for 4 minutes.


3. Shock in a bowl filled with ice and water; strain. Once water has drained away, press out as much water as possible, leaving 1/2 cup of blanched kale.

DSC_02684. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.  If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can use a large food processor.

5. Select Variable (vitamix)

Using the On/Off switch to quickly pulse 15-20 times, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.  If you are using a food processor, you may need to pulse the machine a few more times & stop to scrape down the sides of the container, until smooth pesto texture is achieved.


6. Chop the white onion


7. Spread the pesto evenly onto the pizza crust using a brush or spatula

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8. Add the onion & garlic cloves ( I used 8 cloves! Adjust to your liking.)


9. Cover with cheese


10. Bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes


Get your green goodness in a slice half the pie!!

Have you ever had kale on/in your pizza?

Do you ever eat “meatless” on Monday?



6 thoughts on “Kale Pesto & Roasted Garlic Pizza

  1. wow! this pizza looks amazing! i love how green the kale paste gets….beautiful! i am on the road for the next few months but when i get my hands back on an oven…i’m making this!

    1. So glad you’re excited to try it! It really is delicious and I love how neon green the kale gets too! Something I just thought of is to make a few bathes of this to freeze… Then you could just thaw it the morning before and have a quick meal!

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