Garden Fresh Pizza

Easy garden fresh pizza recipe with fresh vegetables and whole grain crust.

One of my favorite things about late summer is the produce flowing from the backyard garden.  I have (finally!) learned that its best to create dishes around the produce I gather each day instead of trying to find a million recipes to use up everything I harvest.  Pizza is one thing that I have found you can add all sorts of random vegetables to with it turning out great, though slightly different, each time.  I made this particular pizza with rainbow chard, red onion, yellow summer squash, and fresh basil – but tomatoes, other greens such as spinach or kale, zucchini, peppers, etc can be used with good results.

– Jessica



whole grain pizza dough – enough for a large pizza

1 6 oz can tomato sauce

1 tsp Italian seasoning

about 4 cups of greens (chard, spinach, kale), cut into bite sized pieces

1-2 cups mozzarella cheese

1 small summer squash, sliced thin

1/2 red onion, sliced thin

tomatoes, sliced (optional)

bell peppers, sliced (optional)

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

parmesan cheese, to taste

garlic salt, to taste

parsley flakes, to taste


 PREPARE OVEN, STONE, and PEEL:  Preheat the oven to 425 F with a pizza stone inside.  Cover a pizza peel with cornmeal.

DOUGH:  Roll out your favorite whole grain dough recipe and place it on the prepared pizza peel.

SAUCE:  Stir the Italian seasoning into the can of tomato sauce.  Spread how ever much of it you want onto the dough.

GREENS:  Sprinkle the greens on top of the sauce.  Yes, I know that it looks like way too much.  Don’t worry – it cooks way down.  If you put any less you won’t be able to tell that it is there at all.

CHEESE:  Now sprinkle on the cheese.  It is important that it goes on top of the greens so that it holds them down.

VEGGIE TOPPINGS:  Bring on the rest of the veggie toppings – spread them all over!  This is not your typical pizza – you really shouldn’t see much cheese when we are done with these toppings.

BAKE:  Slide the pizza off the pizza peel onto the pizza stone.  I like to use a spatula and have a helper when I do this since the pizza is so tall 🙂  Bake for about 12 minutes – when the cheese is melted and just starting to bubble, sprinkle the basil on top.  After a minute or so, pull out the pizza.

SPRINKLE:  Sprinkle the parmesan, garlic salt, and parsley on top if desired.  I desire.  It is delicious.  Slice and enjoy!

3 Responses to Garden Fresh Pizza

  1. Visiting via Not Your Ordinary Recipes, and now following you on Facebook, too. This is a great pizza recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Becky says:

    I love that you AND your niece are working together. I guess I can dream that one day my brother and one of my kids will have such a tight relationship!! Thanks for sharing this delicious pizza at Foodtastic Friday!

  3. Chard on a pizza would be phenomenal. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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