• Dandelion Pesto Pizza

    March 4, 2014

    Guys, I am totally obsessed with this pizza recipe. It was so, so, so delicious (and nutritious!!), I already want to make it again.

    Ever since I finished my smoothie and juice book, I’ve really been digging dandelion greens. They’re a great alternative to your usual spinach or kale, especially in green juice and smoothies, but also in other recipes, like homemade pesto… on pizza!

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    You might be surprised to hear that dandelion greens are actually really, really nutritious. (I had no idea!) Listen to this…

    • Dandelion greens are loaded with calcium. Just one cup of chopped dandelion greens has 103 milligrams (10% of the recommended daily value) of calcium. That’s slightly more than kale!
    • Dandelion greens have a high iron content. One cup contains 1.7 milligrams of iron.
    • Dandelion greens are high in vitamin A and vitamin C. (Vitamin C helps facilitate iron absorption.)
    • Dandelion greens are also good sources of vitamins B1 (9% RDA), B2 (11% RDA) and B6 (11% RDA), vitamin E (13% RDA) and vitamin K (357% RDA).
    • Dandelion greens are rich in minerals. Besides calcium and iron, they are a good source of copper (10% RDA), manganese (8% RDA), phosphorus (5% RDA), potassium (5% RDA) and magnesium (5% RDA).
    • Dandelion greens have more protein per serving than spinach. The greens themselves are 14% protein and contain all essential amino acids so it’s a complete protein. One chopped cup contains 1.5 grams of protein.
    • The nutrients in dandelion greens may help reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stroke. Dandelion contains anti-inflammatory properties which may provide benefit to those with asthma and other inflammatory diseases. [source]

    Doesn’t all that make you want to try them? Clearly, dandelion greens are a nutritious food. Taste-wise, they’re a little bitter, but when mixed into pesto, spread on a pizza, and paired with crumbled feta, walnuts, and chicken, they’re absolutely delicious! This flavor combination is truly incredible, and I hope you try it and love it as much as I do!

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    Dandelion Pesto Pizza

    Makes 8 slices

    Ingredients:

    Pesto (makes about 1/2 cup)

    • 3 cups fresh dandelion greens
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/4 cup walnuts
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
    • salt + pepper to taste

    Pizza

    • Pizza crust (approximately 200 g – I used Trader Joe’s Par-Baked Organic Crusts)
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
    • 1/2 cup cooked chunked chicken breast
    • 1 tbsp crushed walnuts

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    Combine ingredients for pesto in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

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    Using a spatula, spread pesto on pizza crust.

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    Top pizza with feta, chicken, and walnuts.

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    Bake pizza for 12-14 minutes or until edges start to lightly brown.

    Allow to cool slightly and serve!

    Dandelion Pesto Pizza with Feta & Chicken

    A behind-the-scenes shot for the Murphy-lovers…

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    { 51 comments… read them below or add one }

    Becky @ Life Outside The BOX March 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!

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    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner March 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I love the bright green color. It looks so springy!

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    Jamie @ Dishing Out Health March 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Wow I’ve never experimented with Dandelion greens before but now I must! This pizza looks fabulous and nice & light. A TJs is opening in Tampa in a few weeks and I am counting down the days!

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    Olavi March 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Mouthwatering :O~

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run March 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    fresh, homemade pesto is always so pretty! have you tried kale pesto? yummm.

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    Tina March 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Yes, delicious!

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    Jen March 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    this looks amazing!! i love dandelion greens, but i never thought to add them to a pesto. can’t wait to try this!

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    Nicole March 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Wow, need to try this!! Add it to my new superfood list :) Do they sell it at most stores you think? I would assume more Whole Foods type places but I wanted to see if you had any idea!

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    Tina March 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    @Nicole: It depends on the grocery store. I found them at Whole Foods.

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    Molly March 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I saw dandelion greens at my local Kroger last night (a “conventional” grocery store also related to Fry’s King Soopers, City Market, and Dillons) @Nicole:

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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance March 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I never thought of using dandelions before. I’m going to have to be on the lookout for them!

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    Katie @ running4cupcakes March 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    So the dandelion greens look good – but ummm pesto on pizza – how come I have never thought of that before!?! YUM!!

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    Sandi March 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    What a sweet pouty face:)

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    Sara March 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This looks delicious!

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    Anna E. March 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Looks amazing! I read about dandelion greens recently in Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson (<–great read!!). Where do you get dandelion greens? Do you think I can find them at Whole Foods? If so, I'm going to make this tonight!

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    Tina March 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

    @Anna E.: Whole Foods will probably have them! :)

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    Sarah March 4, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Wow, this looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Abi@AbsofSteel March 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    wow, the dandelion greens are so vibrant when they’re blended up.

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    Kim @ FITsique March 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    This looks intriguing! I have only had dandelion greens once and I think I suffer a little PTSD from that time and am scared to try them again. I was on an exchange trip in a foreign country in high school and my health food loving days were non-existent yet. The first night, my host mother who did not speak a lick of english made a dandelion leaf and brussel sprout salad and that was IT. I hated it and that is the story I tell everyone about that trip lol. I just recently got over my fear of brussel sprouts so maybe dandelions can be next!

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    Annette@FitnessPerks March 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    This sounds like such an awesome recipe. Definitely going to make this!

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    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews March 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Can I use the dandelions in my backyard? Cuz that would be awesome…

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    How do you resist that face? If my dog looked like that every time I was trying to work I don’t think I would ever get anything done!

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    amanda March 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I’m going to sounds completely stupid, but what do dandelion greens look like and where do I buy them? Ok, I guess I can google this too! Thanks for opening my eyes to something new!

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    Tina March 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

    @amanda: Whole Foods sells them! :)

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    Michelle Fedorowicz March 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I have an unrelated question to the Dandelion Pesto Pizza! I’m in Massachusetts right now for spring break and I keep seeing MaryLou’s coffee! I know you love them, so I want to stop by and get something. What’s your favorite thing they offer?!?

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    Tina March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I love Peanut Butter Wonderful! 😄

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    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} March 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The green looks so much like spring and I love it! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Taylee @ twist me fit March 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I’m trying this ASAP! Looks delish!

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    Jackie March 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Such a clever twist! Love it!

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    Rebecca March 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    We eat dandelion greens all the time! One of the yummiest ways to eat them is in an Indian dish where you saute chopped cooked-ish potatoes, onions, garlic and greens (we usually use dandelion greens, turnip greens, and/or spinach, usually in a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio with the ‘taters), with cumin, ginger, and garam masala. It is SO good and basically idiot proof.

    I love pesto on pizza, too!! Going to try this soon. Thanks!

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life March 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Wow I can’t believe how vibrantly green that looks! Almost too pretty to beat.

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    Danica @ It's Progression March 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Pesto is one of my favorite foods – when I have it around it goes on just about everything!

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    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal March 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Wow that’s one creative pizza – I dig it :)

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon March 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    That pizza looks fab! I need to find myself some dandelion greens so I can whip this up!

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    Livi March 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    pesto + chicken is a heavenly combo. Make it into a pizza? Too good to be true!!

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    emily:2:design:cents March 4, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    YUM I’ll have to try this out!! Perfect beause I have yet to make a pesto pizza myself and I can utilize my new nutri bullet!

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    michelle kim March 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Interesting! Are dandelion greens available in most stores? Where did you go to get your dandelion greens?

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    Tina March 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I found them at Whole Foods.

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    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 5, 2014 at 6:43 am

    We buy dandelion greens for our rabbit, but never eat it ourselves. Now I definitely want to make him share his food with us!

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    Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye March 5, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I have yet to try dandelion greens, but love everything about pizza! This might be what inspires me to do it =)

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    Maria March 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

    This looks so good! I love using pesto sauce on pizza :-)

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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen March 5, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Looks GREAT.

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    Marisol March 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

    You have great easy delicious recipes. I made a big batch of the Turkey & Spinach sweet potato hash, and it was easy and delicious. I love Murphy’s pics. He’s is the cutest thing.

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    Ashley March 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve never tried dandelion greens before but hello trying them in pesto ON pizza? How can you go wrong?

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    Kaitlyn @ Live Run Coffee March 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    WANT! What a great idea to incorporate dandelion greens on a pizza. Love this idea.

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape March 5, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Can’t find dandelions in the stores here! Is there an alternative I could try?

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    Tina March 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Spinach, kale, pretty much any dark leafy green…

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    @Tina: Thanks Tina – will give spinach a try! :-)

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    Julia March 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    This looks really great. Must try it sometime.
    I’ve made pesto from salad before, that was also really good. You’ve reminded me to make it again :-)

    Julia
    http://stilblume.blogspot.de

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    Jenn@ Mark My Miles! March 6, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Love the photos. You can make any food look good with those kinds of photography skills!!!

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    Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength March 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

    That looks so freaking good!!!!

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