Sunday, July 17, 2011

Caramelized Onion and Kale Pizza

I think pizza is a very personal thing. Before I started my vegan adventure, I loved Papa John’s website where you could specify “light” or “heavy” cheese, sauce and toppings. So because of that giving a pizza recipe is very tough! I’ll post approximately what I use and please adjust to what you love.

I purchased a cornmeal crust for this recipe because I was feeling lazy and hungry and didn’t want to take the time to try a recipe that might be awful. Maybe next time I’ll try a recipe.

For the cheese I went to buy Daiya mozzarella because it is amazing and delicious, however Whole Foods was completely sold out, and none of the other mozzarellas they carried were vegan so Brian suggested we try the pepper jack because it “would probably be exactly the same thing.” It wasn’t but it was delicious.

Tonight was a silly night when we went to choose the tomato sauce. While Brian was loudly commenting on how we had to buy the canned sauce because it was cheaper, I noticed Shia Labouf was shopping right next to us. I giggled. I love tomato sauce, I think it is wonderful and I don’t mind buying the plain stuff because I always add a ton of garlic, onions and sometimes-chopped tomato and basil to it. But I thought it was funny that we were so loud about buying cheap sauce next to a movie star.

For the toppings on this one I used kale and caramelized onions, yum! Make sure you put the kale underneath the onions, or it’ll get very crispy. (I’ll do a recipe for kale chips soon. Super delicious.) Spinach can absolutely be substituted. Ugh- just do whatever makes you happy. This is what I did:

Caramelized Onion and Kale Pizza

1 8” pizza crust
¾ cup tomato sauce (more or less to your liking)
¼ cup of shredded vegan pepper jack (or more)
2 big leafs of black kale shredded into small pieces
1 medium red onion (Thinly sliced)
1 clove of crushed garlic
Coconut oil

1.              Preheat oven to 425 or whatever your crust suggests.
2.              Put a little oil in a skillet on low heat.
3.              Add the onions stir till they are covered in oil. Stir occasionally for the next 15 to 20 minutes.
4.              While the onions are going heat up the sauce, add the crushed garlic. Add a few onions too if you want.
5.              Spread the sauce over the pizza crust.
6.              Arrange the kale over the sauce.
7.              Sprinkle the cheese over the kale.
8.              Add the caramelized onions to the top.
9.              Bake for about 12 minutes, until cheese has melted.
10.           Let cool for a few minutes, slice up and enjoy! 


  1. Yum! Looks like my treat for the weekend!
    ~ Lisa @PinkKitchen

  2. Thank you! It's really yummy- I promise! Haha

  3. Hello... I was wondering what brand of cheese are you using? Are you happy with it?? I use Daiya Mozzarella... its AMAZING.. wow :)

    Let me know


  4. I used Daiya pepperjack, because they were out of mozzarella! Daiya is really the best.
    The only other "Vegan" cheeses I've tried that are okay contain casein and aren't vegan at all! BOO

  5. I am pretty sure Daiya is the best! Its a miracle! LOL

    Yea mozzarella is tough to find.. it flies of the shelfs here, so I stock up when they get it in. Ill have to try pepperjack.

    PS I like the way you lay out your recipes and ideas. You go girl!

  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe it's definitely a really good reward for my brother who got his Food Handler Certification last week. But still work on the dough first. I'm not really the cook-type but I'd like to do something special for him.