Very Green Vegan Flatbread Pizza

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Who says that pizza is all about melting mozzarella and decadent toppings? Why wouldn’t it be about a healthy and tasty meal your body will actually enjoy? I love pizza in every way, but to have it as often as I want, I’m always experimenting with lighter versions and healthier toppings. And since my fridge is stuffed with spring produce, today’s pizza couldn’t be anything but green.

Very Green Pizza with Kale Pesto #pizza #vegan |

I don’t advocate taking classic recipes and veganizing them by all means, but we need to pay attention to what we eat. Sticking to a healthy diet doesn’t mean cooking boring meals, but actually changing your perspective. If you crave pizza, why not adjust the ingredients to offer yourself a nourishing treat? You can replace the plain flour with a whole wheat one or even make a cauliflower crust pizza. You can replace the tomato sauce with a delicious, homemade greens pesto.

Vegan Kale Pesto |

You can add different nuts and seeds for texture and flavor, reduce the mozzarella quantity and add a lighter cheese instead or simply eliminate it. I like to keep my eyes open for options and see beyond the classic combinations, so rather than thinking about the melting mozzarella and plain flour crust and feeling frustrated that it always gives me stomach burns, why not have a green pizza for dinner and actually enjoy its delicious taste?

Green Pizza with flatbread crust, kale pesto, artichokes, kalamata olives and aromatic herbs #vegan |

This pizza is all about green and fresh and tastes amazing! It combines a thin and crunchy whole wheat flatbread crust with the combined magic powers of different members of the cruciferous family. I used kale to create that glowing green pesto, broccoli to add texture and cress for decoration. Fiber, minerals, calcium, antioxidants, cancer-protective and anti-inflammatory ingredients—all their exceptional nutrients and properties are cumulated in this pizza to ease digestion and make my body feel great. I added pine nuts and hemp hearts for a lighter version of the mozzarella fat, and to insure better absorption of the vegetables’ nutrients, especially the antioxidants.

Very Green Pizza with Kale Pesto and Flatbread Crust #vegan #healthy |

If you feel like adding mozzarella, go for it, but only use a small quantity, just to bring the ingredients together. The kale pesto was creamy enough for me, I didn’t miss the cheese, and I also wanted to keep it vegan. Adjust the ingredients as you prefer—every little step is a fantastic one for your healthy lifestyle journey!

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Green Pizza with flatbread crust, kale pesto and aromatic herbs |

Very Green Vegan Flatbread Pizza
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This green goddess pizza comes with a crispy whole wheat crust and a creamy kale pesto spread, plus your favorite spring ingredients!
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 3
  • For the crust
  • 1&1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp nigella seeds
  • ½ cup warm purified water
  • Kale pesto
  • 1 cup fresh kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch sea salt
  • Topping
  • 1 cup fresh kale leaves, stems removed
  • ½ cup cooked garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 small onion, cut into thin rings
  • 10 kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 4-5 artichoke hearts, halved (I used canned)
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh basil and mint leaves, to garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/428°F.
  2. In a large bowl add the crust ingredients and mix with a fork.
  3. Use your hands to create a dough and knead it for five minutes, until it becomes elastic.
  4. Cover with a clean towel, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the kale pesto: all the ingredients into a blender and pulse to obtain a creamy paste.
  6. Roll the dough on a floured surface, then transfer it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for three minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and flip upside down.
  8. Spread it with kale pesto leaving a 1 inch border round the edge, then add the kale leaves, broccoli florets, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives.
  9. Top with onion rings, and pine nuts, drizzle with olive oil, season with black pepper and bake for seven minutes, until the crust becomes golden.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil and mint leaves and hemp hearts, and serve.

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  • Sarah | Well and Full
    April 4, 2016

    Now this is MY kind of pizza! I love all the spring-y goodness you have on top of this pizza, it looks absolutely delicious! 😀

    • Ana
      April 4, 2016

      Yesss, it’s my favorite too and I’m totally in love with the kale pesto! 🙂

  • Wictoria
    April 5, 2016

    Looks amazing!

    • Ana
      April 6, 2016

      Thank you 🙂

  • Erin
    April 7, 2016

    Your words in this post are so perfectly said! Food is the best nourishment there is <3 It's all about a healthy balance! .. So pizza! My mom makes a Mediterranean veggie pizza and can honestly say I like it 10 times better than the average cheese pizza. This flatbread looks AMAZING! It is loaded with all the goods. And that pesto looks incredible! Pinning xx

    • Ana
      April 7, 2016

      Mediterranean veggie pizza – this sounds so delicious and I’m sure it tastes amazing! I can already think about fresh summer ingredients, thin crust, al fresco dining – lovely! Thanks so much 🙂 xx

  • Criss
    April 7, 2016


    I am 100% italian and this is not a pizza.
    Pizza ingrédients are protected by a sort of law in Italy called “disciplinare”.
    So yes, to reply your question “who says that pizza is all about melting mozzarella and decadent toppings?”
    Italian “disciplinare” says that. 🙂
    This dish can be called a “focaccia” in Italy and I will surely try it because it looks delicious.

    Nice day 🙂

    • Ana
      April 7, 2016

      Definitely, this is what pizza is about and every time I visit Italy I am all into melting mozzarella and decadent toppings. But this is a holiday diet, while the rest of the time I adapt its “disciplinaire” to my daily diet, and actually enjoying every piece of this vegan one too! (while dreaming of my next trip to Italy 🙂 )

  • Kyra
    April 9, 2016

    Wow! I love this pizza <3 this is definitely my type of pizza – that kale pesto sounds amazing, and I love the chickpeas on top too!

    • Ana
      April 11, 2016

      The chickpeas make this pizza really satisfying as they’re loaded with fiber and protein. Thanks so much for sharing and adding to your meal plan, which actually sounds great! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    May 6, 2016

    A greenalious pizza! Do you home deliver? 😉

    • Ana
      May 6, 2016

      Thanks, Jennifer :))

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