Dandelion Pesto Pizza

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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53 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. 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:

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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?!?

  6. 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!

  7. 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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