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By Kary Osmond

I’ll take a kale pizza over a kale smoothie any day of the week. This recipe is also how I got my father to eat his greens, which he has protested to eat my entire life. He still won’t eat broccoli, but this kale pizza is getting him one step closer.

I always pick up prepared pizza dough when grocery shopping and store it in my freezer. And whenever I feel like pizza for dinner, I just pop it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge or on the counter, depending on how fast I need it to thaw. Ready-made pizza dough is good for so many recipes: countless pizzas, calzones and even cinnamon buns!

This pizza has a thin, crisp and chewy crust topped with pesto flavored kale and caramelized onions. It’s a quick meatless pizza that will help you get more leafy greens into your diet.

Kale Pizza

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large bunch of kale, stemmed, and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegan basil pesto
  • Flour (for dusting)
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Adjust oven rack to the lowest position. Preheat oven to 500 F.
  2. Heat large nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and onions. Cook and stir until onions start to caramelize, about 11 minutes. Add kale and 1/4 teaspoon salt, cook and stir until kale is wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in pesto set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough to fit an 11-by-17 parchment-lined baking sheet; it should be very thin.
  4. Spread kale mixture evenly on pizza dough.
  5. Bake until bottom of pizza is golden and crisp, about 12 to 15 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Slice and serve.

Tasty tips

  • I get asked all the time: “How do you roll out ready-made pizza dough without it shrinking back?” The answer is simple: Keep flipping the dough over! Once you roll it out on one side, flip over the dough and stretch it out on the other side.
  • You can use your hands to stretch out the dough, a rolling pin or even a wine bottle.
  • To save time, you use a premade crust. You can also try using pita bread, naan bread, flatbread or a flour tortilla.
  • Although this pizza doesn’t need it, you can top it with your favorite vegan shredded cheese.

Kary Osmond is a Canadian recipe developer and former television host of the popular daytime cooking show “Best Recipes Ever.” Her easy recipes include helpful tips to guide you along the way, and her love of plant-based cooking offers healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes. Learn more at




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