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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!

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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.

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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!

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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


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




  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


About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sam says:

    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!

  2. Peter says:

    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.

  3. Jess says:

    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!

    1. Alex says:

      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 :)

  4. Jess says:

    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!

    1. Alex says:

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy the pizza :)

  5. Brooke says:

    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!

  6. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} says:

    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. . . .

  7. Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} says:

    As always, looks AMAZING.

    Excuse me while I wipe up my drool…

  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

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

  9. Sylvie (A Pot of Tea) says:

    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!