Kale & Pistachio Pizza

This delicious kale & pistachio pizza recipe features kale, red onion, and pistachio for a crunch, atop zesty pizza sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese.

Kale & 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 kale & pistachio 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!

Related: Homemade Pizza for Beginners | What’s the Best Pizza Stone?

How to make kale & pistachio pizza

Pistachios on a pizza? Yes, and it’s darn good too! This kale and pistachio pizza was the highlight of a recent meal with some dear friends. The combination of flavors and textures hit the spot: dark leafy kale, crunchy pistachios, and the zing of red onion fit perfectly with gooey mozzarella and bright pizza sauce. 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.

We’ve been making artisan pizza for quite a while, so to help you make this kale & pistachio pizza, we have a lot of tips! Here’s how to make artisan pizza, including the best pizza dough recipe, pizza peels, and even a pizza oven.

Related: 12 Best Kale Recipes

Kale & pistachio pizza

Video: How to cut kale

Are you wondering how to stem and chop kale for this kale & pistachio pizza but not sure the best way? Alex and I have toyed with various methods over the years, but we’ve finally ended up with one that is slick and simple. Using this method changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut kale, including a video of me cutting kale in our kitchen.

Related: 20 Knife Skills Videos: How to Cut Everything!

Looking for more kale recipes?

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Looking for artisan pizza recipes?

This kale & pistachio pizza is a standout artisan pizza recipe. Here are a few of our other favorite artisan pizza recipes:

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This recipe is…

This kale & pistachio pizza is vegetarian.

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Kale & Pistachio Pizza


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza (8 slices) 1x

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Kale on a pizza? This delicious Kale pizza recipe features red onion and pistachio for crunch, atop zesty pizza sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese.


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Instructions

  1. Follow the Best Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Thinly slice the onion. Wash and roughly chop the kale. 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, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see this video for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel. 
  5. Thinly spread the pizza sauce over the dough. Top with cheese, then kale, red onion. and pistachios. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  6. Transfer the pizza to the pizza stone using the pizza peel, and bake until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pizza, Vegetarian Pizza, Kale Pizza, Italian Pizza, Pizza Oven, Vegetarian, Entertaining, Artisan Pizza, Kale

 

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

11 Comments

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    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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    Brooke
    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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    Jess
    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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      Alex
      July 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy the pizza :)

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    Jess
    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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      Alex
      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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    Peter
    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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    Sam
    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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