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Author Notes: 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!” —Simple Green Smoothies
For Kale Pesto
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup packed Tuscan or curly kale leaves
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt to tate
- Flour for dusting
- 1 pound ball whole wheat pizza dough
- olive oil for brushing
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- OPTIONAL: 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes or 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 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