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Kale, Red Onion, and Pistachio Pizza

We taught a raised bed gardening class a few weeks ago, and there was quite an excitement about kale. Seems like within the past few years, kale has become the new buzzword synonymous with health food.

Being a dark-leafy grain that’s high in nutrients, kale is pretty darn healthy (at least, that’s what we’ve read). So we’ve been cooking up a bunch of treats lately with kale since it’s in season here in Indiana – first these potatoes, and now this pizza.

We must admit, if you’re looking for “healthy”, this raw kale salad is probably more up your alley. But we’re up for any consumption of kale, be it raw or cheese-covered!

This pizza was the highlight of a recent meal with some dear friends. The combination of flavors and textures hit the spot. We have been incorporating nuts in our pizzas for a while, and love the added crunch!  If you’re not a pistachio fan, you could try another nut, like walnuts, or omit the nuts altogether.


Our Favorite Kale Recipes
Spicy Kale Lasagna
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Kale
Kale and Artichoke Frittata
Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Garlic
Garlic and Kale Soup
Kale, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Stew

More Pizza Recipes
Cajun Pizza
Greek Pizza
Mexican Pizza
Pesto Pizza
Pizza Margherita
Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas
Video: Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
Pizza Crust – Stand Mixer Method
Pizza Crust – Food Processor Method

Kale, Red Onion, and Pistachio Pizza
We recommend using San Marzano tomatoes (a variety grown in Italy) as the base; we’ve found they’re irreplaceable in terms of flavor. However, in a pinch you can substitute any quality crushed tomatoes. Start by watching our Easy Homemade Pizza Dough video.
Serves: 1 pizza
What You Need
  • 1 pizza dough
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ red onion
  • 6 to 8 leaves kale
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ½ cup crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 cup Italian blend or mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
What To Do
  1. Prepare the dough using either the stand mixer or food processor methods (follow the video instructions for more). Follow the preparation instructions in the dough recipe if you’ve made it in advance.
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F.
  3. Mince 3 cloves garlic. Finely slice ½ red onion. Wash the kale leaves, remove the stems, and roughly chop the leaves. In a small skillet, heat a few drizzles of olive oil, then add the kale and saute, stirring, for several minutes until the kale is wilted. Chop the pistachios.
  4. When the oven is ready, stretch the dough into a circle (see this video for instructions). Place it on a floured pizza peel or pull the pizza stone out of the oven and carefully place the dough on it.
  5. Thinly spread crushed tomatoes over the dough, then add minced garlic. Top with cheese, then kale, red onion. and pistachios. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  6. Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Reply
    Sylvie (A Pot of Tea)
    April 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I don’t eat Kale very often, but don’t really know why because I like it and it’s full of goodness. Seeing this makes me wanna buy some!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    April 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I would never think to put pistachios on pizza! Yum!

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    Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic}
    April 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    As always, looks AMAZING.

    Excuse me while I wipe up my drool…

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    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
    May 2, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Can you believe with all the buzz about kale, I’ve still never tried it? It looks bitter to me, like a mix between broccoli and seaweed, and even though I see so many recipes that look delicious (like this one) I am afraid to buy it because I’m convinced my family won’t eat it! I think I need to bust out of my shell and TRY IT! Probably on this pizza. . . .

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    June 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for all of these recipes with kale! This is my first year to have a garden and my kale is doing great. I’ve been working my way through these kale recipes and I think this one is perfect for tomorrow’s dinner. Thanks!

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    July 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Making this for dinner tonight. I always check out your blog when I have an idea of what I feel like eating (love having pizza on Friday), but want to try a new recipe. Thanks as always!

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      July 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy the pizza :)

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    July 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    So I just made the pizza and had to turn it into a calzone because I forgot to put cornmeal on the pizza peel. Folding it together seemed to be the only way to salvage it and get it to slide off the pizza peel. Even though I messed it up, it was really good. I cooked it on a baking stone and still got a crispy bottom even though I used way more sauce than what would be needed for a calzone (silly me, I thought I was making a pizza). If you guys haven’t tried calzones yet, you should. I know I’m going to make them more often now!

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      July 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I’m glad that it eventually worked out! We have made calzone before, but not in a long time. We should try them again sometime soon :)

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    November 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I made this last night and it was so good. I had kale and pistachio pizza at a restaurant and wanted to recreate it at home. This was delicious. Can’t beat homemade pizza with homemade dough.

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    January 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I loved this! Never thought to put nuts on a pizza but the pistachios are wonderful. I will definitely make this again, thanks for the recipe!

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