Pesto, Kale & Artichoke Pizza

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My husband and I spent yesterday touring LA, and while there decided to check out Breakaway Bakery, a gluten-free bakery that got amazing reviews on Yelp.

I was expecting a large bakery in a trendy area where we could lounge inside munching on luscious vegan cupcakes and get some bread and other goodies to go. But Breakaway is a tiny shop in an unappealing area with just two outdoor tables.

Still, it was clean and adorable inside and everything was gluten, dairy, peanut, casein, gum and transfat free. What’s more, almost all of their ingredients are certified organic and they have many vegan selections including bread, bagels, cupcakes, cookies, mini donuts, babka and sticky buns. They’re also kosher.

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Breakaway Bakery’s vegan goodies

My husband and I sat outside and shared a maple glazed donut and a Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie. Both were delicious!

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My hubby, Paul, in front of Breakaway Bakery

Then we asked about bread to go, but they didn’t have any baked, so we got a pizza crust and bagels instead and hit the road. I assumed we’d get home around four, but were still in the car at five (I should know better than to assume with LA traffic!).

The drive made me tired, and I didn’t feel like cooking when we got home. Wanting to make something simple, I threw together this Pesto, Kale & Artichoke Pizza in minutes. It was a cinch to make, but it turned out so good that my husband called it “guest worthy.”

I have no doubt that I’ll make this pizza again and again, but I’ll have to use a different crust next time. Don’t get me wrong, Breakaway’s crust was delicious, but I just learned from their website that it wasn’t vegan. I must have had a miscommunication with the guy at the counter. Oh well – live and learn!

Pesto, Kale & Artichoke Pizza

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado

½ cup walnuts

1-2 garlic cloves

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp. dried basil

½ tsp. oregano

¼ tsp. salt (optional)

1 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

11/2 cups stripped and chopped kale

1 jar artichoke hearts in oil, rinsed and chopped

Large pre-made pizza crust

Directions

Preheat oven according to directions for the pizza crust you’re using.

Add the avocado, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, spices and fresh basil to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Sauté the onion in water, adding water as needed, for about 5 minutes. Add the kale and sauté until wilted. Drain excess water and add 1 tablespoon of pesto and chopped artichoke hearts. Mix until combined.

Top pizza crust generously with pesto and top with kale mixture.

Put pizza in oven and bake according to the directions for the crust you’re using. Slice and enjoy!

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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30 Responses to Pesto, Kale & Artichoke Pizza

  1. uberdish says:

    I love the sound of this pizza! I think this topping would be perfect for our next pizza. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. That sounds delicious. I am so bored of the regular pizza type. This is a fresh breeze 🙂

  3. Mike Lince says:

    I wish I had been there to visit the bakery with you…almost. 🙂 – MIke

  4. Shannon says:

    That looks delicious! I never would have tried the avacodo. So stealing this for pizza and bread season in the fall (when it’s cooler).

    Here in my area of Texas — meat capitol of the south — getting a takeout pizza with “no animal products” is a recipe for a disaster. That results in either sending the mis-order back to the kitchen (They just throw it away, sometimes they get it wrong twice…gasp!) or settling for whatever you get, which defeats the purpose of eating compassionately. So we just quit ordering out.

    That all changed with Pizza Hut on-line ordering. They have a Veggie Lover’s Pizza and actually have an option for NO CHEESE. For $20, I don’t have to fire up the oven (it’s 100 degrees here), and all I do to soice it up is mince a bunch of garlic (a whole pot), slice some basil from the garden, warm some olive oil, a drizzle the whole mess of it on our pan pizzas when we get them home or to the park for dining out. Perfection.

    • We’ve had similar problems with ordering no cheese pizza around here. I’m also never sure if the crusts are vegan and the one time I asked, the server just gave me a blank look. Even when they do get the order right, the pizza usually doesn’t taste very good. I think a lot of pizza places mask cheap ingredients with loads of cheese. If you ever get to SoCal, I’ll take you to Zia Pizza. They specialize in vegan pizza and it’s wonderful!

      I’m so glad to hear that Pizza Hut came to your rescue with a Veggie Lover’s Pizza. I can understand why you don’t want to turn the oven on in that heat. Don’t know how you handle those temps girl. I live by the ocean, and it rarely gets hot in my neck of the woods. It sucks when it does get hot, however; because we don’t have air conditioning.

      Thanks so much for your comment – I always appreciate hearing from you Shannon! Hope you’re having a good week. Celeste 🙂

  5. sophiazerg says:

    Love the combination for a pizza! My husband and I are huge fans of artichoke. Yum!
    Sophia :0

  6. That looks like a great dish to try!

  7. adventuresinmindfulcooking says:

    yummy! I have to try this recipe too!!

  8. aouatt77 says:

    I love artichokes and I will try this for my next meet-up group. Thank you for sharing.

  9. liveblissful says:

    That looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  10. That pizza sounds really good! maybe I’ll try it some time!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Len

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