Pizza is one of our favorite go-to meals. It's super versatile and easy to customize to exactly how you'd like it. Prep a bunch of the dough in advance, and you've got a week's worth of dinners ready to go.
The pizza we had this past weekend was so stellar and perfectly seasonal that we had to share it here today. It brings together some of the best ingredients of spring in a really simple way, but looks good enough for a dinner party as well. Try it out below!
Carrot Greens Pesto
- 1 big bunch carrot tops
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- small handful walnuts
- 1 clove garlic
- salt, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Stop occasionally to scoop down the sides. Drizzle in a little more olive oil if needed.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1-2 tsp garlic powder
- a big pinch of salt
- Pour all of the ingredients into a sealable plastic bag and close it up. Smash the almond mixture with a heavy rolling pin or hammer until everything is a consistency of small granules.
- Alternatively, if you have a food processor, pulse everything together until it's finely ground.
- Pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge. It should keep for a while - like any other nut, it will go bad faster in heat.
Green Topping Suggestions
We used ramps, fiddleheads, baby rainbow chard, fresh parsley, fresh basil, ribboned asparagus*, king trumpet mushrooms, and chickpeas.
Other great toppings could include roasted garlic, green olives, zucchini, quartered brussels sprouts, caramelized onion, green tomato, or marinated tempeh.
*We love ribboning asparagus because it cooks so much faster than whole and gives a great texture. All you have to do is get a thick piece of asparagus and peel it down to get lots of beautiful ribbons.
Bring it Together
- Spread out your dough to the size of your pan.
- Spoon on some pesto, sprinkle on your almond parmesan, and top with the heartier vegetables. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.
- Bake according to the dough directions, and when it's done top with the more fragile ingredients*, like the leafy greens & herbs. Slice & enjoy! :)
*We like to add beans, such as chickpeas, after baking as they tend to dry out in the oven. So unless you're coating them in a sauce, we'd suggest adding them at the end with the greens.