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beet pesto and kale pizza

I have a bit of a dilemma.  It’s actually been eating me alive.

The truth is downy mildew is ruining my summer.  It has arrived and is slowing wiping out all of our basil.  The horror.

I have been picking basil like a mad women.  I was out well after dark last night with Henry picking as much as I could.  Our freezer is now jam-packed with basil.  Thank god.

However, there is only so much “regular” pesto that Taylor and I can consume in one day.  So tonight I decided to try my second favorite method.  It involves my favorite vegetable.

And my favorite dog!

Tonight we made beet pesto.  It really is AMAZING!  If you have not tried it yet I highly recommend doing so right now.

You can find my recipe for beet pesto right here.

Once you whip up a batch of the pesto you should definitely make this pizza.


Beet Pesto and Kale Pizza

Prep Time: 10 mins    Cook Time: 20 mins.    Serves: 2-4

  • 1 ball of pizza dough, (store bought or homemade)
  • a healthy spread of beet pesto
  • 2 cups curly kale, torn into bite size pieces
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • a handful of shredded parmesan cheese
  • a handful of crushed walnuts
  • olive oil for drizzling


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Roll out dough. Spread a healthy portion of beet pesto followed by some crumbled goat cheese. Layer on kale followed by some shredded parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and cheese has melted.
  4. During the last 2 minutes of cooking time remove pizza from oven and add crumble walnuts. Place back in the oven for the remainder of the time.
  5. Enjoy hot!


Use this recipe as a guide and always taste test as you go.

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13 thoughts on “beet pesto and kale pizza

  1. Emily says:

    My friends and I have been eating the beet pesto non-stop! 🙂 We like to call it besto because it’s the best. Thanks for the great recipe, and I can’t wait to try the pizza!

    1. drealieberg says:

      I love it…Besto! Thanks for sharing your comment and awesome new description! I’m totally stealing this!!!

  2. Hi! I’m working on a round-up of pesto recipes for The Huffington Post Taste and I came across your recipe. I’d love to include it in my piece. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thanks!

    1. drealieberg says:

      Hi! Thanks so much for reaching out to me. You can totally share the beet pesto recipe. Will you please credit my blog though? Take care!

  3. I made this last night and it was fantastic! Also, I was eating the beet pesto with a spoon. Love it! This was such a unique pizza and I’ll definitely be making it again.

    1. Andrea says:

      yay!! So glad you liked it Erika!! That pesto really is dangerous isn’t it??? 🙂

  4. Nancy Kotheimer says:

    How do I access your FABULOUS recipes????? HELP!

  5. Nancy Kotheimer says:

    Why am I Not able to access your FABULOUS recipes (They LOOK Fabulous!)

    1. Andrea says:

      hi nancy,

      I’m not sure why you aren’t able to access the recipes. There should be a recipe followed by every post. What kind of computer/internet do you have. I haven’t had anyone with this same problem yet. Please keep me posted. Maybe try and take a look at the blog on a different computer/browser.

      I’m sorry this is happening! Again, please keep me posted. This should not be a problem with most browsers!


  6. Nancy Kotheimer says:

    THANKS. I’ll try another way.

  7. Lorna says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for making a recipe that combines my four favorite things to eat: beets, basil, kale, and pizza. I was just wondering, do you have a favorite homemade dough recipe?

    1. Andrea says:

      Hi lorna,
      I have had good luck with a dough recipe from martha stewart Let me know what you think!

  8. Matthew says:

    Hey Andrea,
    You link for the beet pesto seems to be broken.

    Just thought I’d let you know 🙂

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