Kale Pizza

I’ll take a Kale Pizza over a kale smoothie any day of the week!

This easy recipe is adapted from my favourite Vegetarian cookbook, “River Cottage, Veg Everyday,” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The pizza has a thin, crisp, and chewy crust topped with wilted kale, slightly sweet onions, and seasoned with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese and pepper.

It’s a quick meatless pizza made using ready-made pizza dough. If you buy dough that is frozen, let it thaw for a few hours on the counter or over-night in the fridge. This Kale Pizza recipe uses half a package of prepared pizza dough (½ pound), so you could freeze the other half or double the recipe to make 2 Kale Pizzas!

Kale Pizza

Kale Pizza

Kale Pizza


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 large bunch of kale, stemmed, and roughly chopped
Flour (for dusting)
½ pound pizza dough
½ cup grated old cheddar cheese


  1. Adjust oven rack to the lowest position. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Heat large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and onions. Cook and stir until onions start to caramelize, about 11 minutes. Add kale and ¼ teaspoon salt, cook and stir until kale is wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough to fit 11 x 17 parchment lined baking sheet - it should be very thin.
  4. Spread kale mixture evenly on pizza dough and sprinkle with cheese.
  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.

Kale Pizza Tips:

  • I get asked all the time “How do you roll out ready-made pizza dough without it shrinking back?”  The answer is simple – patience! The dough should rest, covered, at room temperature before rolling. Start from the centre and roll out, pushing and stretching the dough out until it’s thin. Keep doing this over and over and eventually it will stretch. If you’re still not having luck rolling it out, cover the partially stretched dough with a tea towel and let it relax a little while longer.
  • If you don’t have a rolling-pin, use a wine bottle!
  • To save time, you can use a premade crust. Try using pita bread, naan bread, flatbread, or a flour tortilla!
  • Kale needs a strong cheese to stand up to its flavour – try using Parmesan cheese, blue cheese, or another strong-tasting cheese in place of, or in combination with, cheddar.

Looking for a homemade pizza dough recipe?  Try this one.