Healthy meals that the whole family will love—kids included—are exactly why we created Let's Eat: Dinner Made Simple (Summer Flavors). This Kale Pesto Grilled Pizza is no exception!
We've packed some extra leafy green goodness into this pesto by adding kale. Grilling pizza makes it so, so easy to pull dinner together in a few minutes—faster than you can say, “Delivery!” The recipe calls for pre-made, uncooked pizza crust, or even make individual pizzas by using smaller flatbreads.
Kale Pesto Grilled Pizza
FOR KALE PESTO:
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup packed Tuscan or curly kale leaves
- 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup parmesan grated (OPTIONAL)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Flour for dusting
- 1 pound ball whole wheat pizza dough
- Olive oil for brushing
- 2 cups (8 ouncemozzarella cheese
- cup OPTIONAL: 1 halved cherry tomatoes or 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- cup OPTIONAL: 1 kale chopped
For Kale Pesto - Place pine nuts and garlic clove into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel chopping blade. Pulse a few times to roughly chop. Add the kale, basil, and Parmesan. Pulse again until finely chopped.
With motor running, add the olive oil through the feed hole in a slow steady stream. Stop and scrape down sides as needed. Season to taste with sea salt. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. Tip - to keep the top of the pesto from darkening, drizzle with a little olive oil.
For pizza - preheat gas grill for 10-15 minutes on high heat, or start a charcoal grill and allow coals to get very, very hot. After the grill has heated, turn off half of the burners or move charcoal to one side to create a direct heat side and a cooler, indirect heat side.
Meanwhile, lightly flour a clean, dry work surface. Roll the dough into a circle or oval that is about 1/4” thick. Allow the dough to rest for a few minutes, or longer if the dough shrinks back and doesn’t hold its shape.
Transfer the pizza dough to the grill on the indirect heat side. Close the grill and allow the crust to grill until the bottom is barely cooked, about 2-3 minutes. There should be some grill marks on the bottom. Check the crust frequently as cooking times may vary according to differences in grills.
Carefully turn the pizza crust over. Spread the pesto on the crust in a thin layer; you may have a little more than you need depending on how big the pizza crust is. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and add the cherry tomatoes, if using. Close the grill and allow to cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, between 3-5 minutes. Check frequently to make sure it’s not burning - it may cook more quickly than that.
Carefully remove pizza from grill - long handled tongs or a large spatula works the best. Place on a cutting board and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing. Serve hot
NOTE: Typically you’ll find uncooked pizza dough near the cheese or bakery sections of your grocery store. A pre-baked pizza crust or four small flatbreads may also be used. Lightly warm the crust or flatbreads on the grill, then flip over and add the toppings. Proceed with recipe. Remove from grill when cheese has melted. It will take less time than if using raw dough.
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