Pistachio+Kale Pesto Feta Pita Pizzas - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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And the basil strikes again!

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I know, I know, it’s been showing up in recipes a lot. It’s just my little plant is still sitting there in my kitchen saying “I’m beautiful, and fresh, and delicious, use me!” and I can’t resist. Clearly I need to start an herb garden so I get some flavor variety going on. Actually, as soon as the weather starts to warm a bit I’m doing it.

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We’ve got this little patio/porch area outside the back door that’s completely closed in and very bright so I’m probably going to takeover the area and make it my little greenhouse this Spring. It’s alright though because my fam is always willing to make a small space sacrifice like this in trade for more food being made in the kitchen. Besides, it’s currently not being used for anything and never has been since we moved in so I don’t think it will be missed.

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So what herbs should I get? Cilantro is a must because I use it all the time and yet always forget to buy it when I’m grocery shopping. Ok, and I was thinking maybe some dill, oregano, and thyme would be amazing to have. I’ve tried rosemary in the past but I don’t think it liked me. Let me know which ones you like or have had success with growing. Omg, does herb gardening age you prematurely? I mean, what’s next, a cat and a collection of ugly sweaters???? Yikes. Haha, well I guess since my sister, who’s only a few years older, is obsessed with awful sweaters, I wouldn’t feel too alone. Maybe we’re just a strange family, but you guys already guessed that.

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Alright, so it’s time for me to shush and tell you about this pizza. Feel free to make some remarks about the kale as my brothers already have. I know it’s super green and you may not be into that, but trust me it’s sooooo much yummier than it even looks (and I think it looks delish!). Even my very skeptical brother-in-law tasted it and loved it despite his low expectations. But come on, it’s still January and green is a trending color for food this month. The combo of the pistachios with the fresh basil and the feta is everything you guys? (puts on granny glasses “How do you kids say it these days? Oh yes, It’s lit”)

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Aside from those flavors going on top, making these on pitas makes them super fast and simple without sacrificing any flavor. Although, I have no doubt this would be great as a full-size pizza on your favorite crust recipe so if you prefer that, go for it my friend!

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Okay, but if you are doing it on pitas to keep it quick, it takes only a few extra minutes to prepare the pesto. I did it in my blendtec but a food processor works even better.

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Whatever is easier for you. As for the topping I threw on some swiss cheese along with the feta and then added some mushrooms and tomatoes, but that’s all open to variation. If you’re a die-hard red sauce lover than just mix it up with some of the pesto or if you hate mushrooms just skip them. Honestly any pizza topping you enjoy would be perfect on here.

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Pistachio+Kale Pesto Feta Pita Pizzas

These individual pita pizzas topped with homemade pesto make lunch or dinner fast and easy without sacrificing any of the flavor


Kale+Pistachio Pesto:

1/2 cup toasted (shelled) pistachios
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 cups packed kale leaves, stems removed
salt & pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pita Pizzas:

4 large pita breads
4 ounces feta cheese crumbles
1 cup shredded swiss cheese (mozzarella works as well)
prepared kale pesto (recipe above)

Optional Toppings:

1/4 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup diced tomato
fresh basil leaves


Kale+Pistachio Pesto:

Combine all the ingredients for the pesto in a blender or food processor and pulse until nearly smooth. It should be thick and just slightly textured.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) and line 2 baking pans with foil or parchment. Lay the pitas on pan and divide the pesto among them then spread in an even layer. Sprinkle on the swiss (or mozzarella) and feta crumbles and top each pizza with mushrooms, tomatoes, chopped pistachios, and a sprinkle of freshly chopped basil if desired.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the cheese is starting to brown along the edges.
Remove pizzas and cool for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving hot.


This recipe can be made on a full-size pizza crust rather than pitas.


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Very colorful and delicious looking. I will try this recipe for sure! Thanks


thanks so much for the great commenting @cookit

Very nice photos!


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great photos!!

This was very good! 😀😀I give it a 7/10! It was rich for me though, lol! I could only eat 2 slices!


Haha, well I'm glad you liked it @alovelymess! Maybe it seemed extra rich cuz you were starting to get sick also. Thanks, sista!

Phenomenal food photography as always!!


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Gorgeous photos, so fresh and inviting, makes me look forward to Spring!


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This has all my favorite things on it. Thanks for the recipe.


Looks great


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wow... best pizza I have ever seen.. fantastic...

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It looks delicious! I am hungry now:)


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and the food looks mega appetizing ♥


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Oh that does look good! We love pesto. Hubby has a real hate in for kale, though... I wonder if he'd notice me trying to sneak nutrition into him if it were disguised with basil and garlic.😂

I had a small basil plant for a while but it couldn't keep up with my demand. So I used it up. Haha! We have a fabulous herb garden box out on our patio, which our landlord started before we moved in, but we can do with as we please. I tried doing some herbs from seeds last year and they eventually got choked out by the bigguns, so this year I'm going to buy a couple little plants when they come into season at our local grocery store, and just transplant them into the garden. Maybe then I'll have enough basil to keep me happy. 😉


you can always leave the kale off, or make sure it is super small. Good luck on this years herbs. I may give a garden a go this Spring, we'll see. Thanks so much for all of your support @offbeatbroad

Wow! This pizza looks very nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)


thanks so much for commenting on my post @askaran

It looks delicious, I love making pizza at home. I will have to try this one!


I hope you do give it a try @th1nkfast, send me some pics

lovely pizza clicks


thanks @kelvinrock

@gringalicious I hope you plan on spending some time in the gym with me...to help me burn off all this food

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that your incredible post are causing me to crave and add to my grocery list... Haha... Hope you are having a wonderful weekend...

This pizza looks soo delicious and yummy...... great photoshoot you really have an amazing camera

very tasty food @gringalicious. what is his recipe?


It's included in the post today @ponnibong. Thanks!

Wow. This pizza has all of my favorite ingredients! My mouth is salivating. I wish I could buy easily here in Turkey..


thanks so much for taking the time to comment @kadabra

Yummy, I really like it. It looks really good pizza, thanks for posting. I will try to make it. Thanks


Nice smartphone photos ;)

Amazing photography, would really like to know about your lighting setup for this shoot


I only use natural lighting, never artificial

Nice! Thanks for sharing


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it looks really good pizza, thanks for posting about how to make pizza and recipe, I will try to make it,


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Look delicious, bet it taste same good as it looks;)


so when's diinner? nice pics and recipe, upvoted and following!


Awesome title its a freakin tongue twister for me. Lol. Have a great weekend @gringalicious


Hehe, it is a little hard to say. Thanks @gamainvegas!

the topping on the top is literally the amazing :)


thanks so much for the continued support @cityslicker

Great post, you know I’ve never tried Kale! Even my Nan was telling me I should try it just the other day, might have to heed her advice! Interesting to know that green is the trending colour for January, makes sense I guess, fresh starts and all that!


thanks for the great commenting @skiesandsports. Yeah, I guess you're right, fresh starts

Dear lord... it looks so yummy! You used all the ingredients I love in A PIZZA! And the pictures are just fantastic <3 Thanks for sharing


thanks so much for commenting @marynessc



Thanks @ghaisan!

Oh, it's delicious! I love Basil, but never added the herbs in the pizza!


Oh, thank you! :)

Btw, I always forget cilantro when I'm shopping... I thought I was only hahaha


cilantro is an amazing ingredient. thanks so much for commenting @marynessc

Delicious ... I like it
Thanks for sharing


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Lovely photos and recipe. You as always on top. I love spices and spicy food. Love all the different spices and herbs. I just do not like Basil. I do not know what he has earned my antipathy. I never add it to food or trying to replace something.


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What a delicious pizza! It's my favorite food, thanks for sharing the preparation step by step

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Mama Mia Pizzaria - it's my favorite food .. Yum


I'm so happy you like it @jackdub!

@gringalicious this looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe! I will use it with a little Vegan tweek, but this is right up my lane. 🙏🍾


Very cool @innerstellar! I think a vegan version could be amazing!


Thank you. I do too! I am really glad I came across your page. I am an awesome cook myself, but when I went Vegan, I had to go it solo here. So, I lost my spark of inspiration for a bit just cooking for me. So posts like this get me excited about cooking for myself again.

OMG I would give almost anything to bite into that right now. @gringalicious


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Woah.. This looks amazing :)


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I loved the recipe, I am also a cook and I will definitely try this. Experimentation with pizza is rare nowadays, great going keep it up. Just a suggestion try to compress images as they won't load on slow internet connection. :) Use this compressor. (It's not developed by me .. just helping) :)


Love this! Pistachio just goes well with everything;)


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When my kids were a lot smaller we used to Saturday pizza days. We used pitas as the crust and I would put out bowls of all sorts of veggies and cheese and everyone would make their own. But what started out as a family affair son became having friends over day. It was not uncommon to have 16 boys over on a Saturday afternoon! At least I knew where my kids were!


Saturday pizza days, that would be a great post series for you. Pitas are an awesome base. Thanks @cecicastor


Need a camera to post photos of the pizza Saturdays! :{

Wow this pizza looks sooo delicious yummy and healthy tooo.....pizzas are my favourite.....nice photoshoot @gringalicious.....thanks for sharing


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i love pizza.
thats really looking so good
really amazing
thanks for sharing photo
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most welcome dear

I vote this for 2 reasons. Firstly because you used Feta, traditional cheese from Hellas(Greece) and secondly for your foods presentation !


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wow this looks so yummy and tasty


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so yummy dear


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This looks really good!


Looks amazing! thanks for the recipe as well.


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I also love cilantro and oregano to cook, so definitely it would be part of my garden.. And that pizza😍 I can't no trying a pizza, I'll to do it for my family


thanks so much for telling me @carmenma

As I’ve recently decided to start a health kick, I think I could definitely use this recipe as a weeknight meal. Thanks for posting I really appreciate it !!’


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Hi ! Your pizza looks so delicious, actually we are vegetarian and it's quite difficult to get another pizza than pizza with cheeses or mushrooms, well it's delicious but the most of time it's the only things you can find & eat for vegetarian people. So we'll definitely try to make your pizza ! Thanks for your post, it is really helpful :) If you are interested, stop by and look at our first post ;)


I am glad I was able to provide with a vegetarian option

Your posts make me hungry every time
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Hi my dear! Really this pizza pita looks so good! Of course it will be more yummier than the normal one, because you use the basil which added a nice flavor to the pizza, me i use origano on the top.
Happy Sunday.


Oregano would be awesome @creativewoman, great idea

pizza lovers rejoice its a @gringalicious special !!!


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Everyone loves pizza, I can not wait to try your recipe.


I know, yes pizzas are favorites mei07!

Wow looks amazing!! Have a great sunday!


Happy Sunday to you as well @crissimoes, thanks so much for commenting

your photos of the pizza made me hungry.. i wish we were closer.. haha


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Wow how This pizza Looks :O Really delicious i feel hungry now becouse you . hahahah i will bookmark this post becouse i wanna try this recipe

I Think This Recipe Need To Be The Special Pizza For A Pizzeria ,That Could Make The Difference!

Thanks I Feel Really Hungry Now !


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looks beautiful and more than that looking so much delicious


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That looks inviting.follow your dream and have pizza everyday : )


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Wow they look delicious!!!


Thanks @cookauvin, I appreciate your comment

looks really tasty


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can not be! There is everything I love in it!
You're doing great jobs. the legend of your photographs! how nice it looks. I love you. congratulations


Wow, you are so flattering @artizm! Thank you so very much and have a great weekend!

First of all my mouth is salivating...it looks like In ads...Today I was in town with my boyfriend to eat pizza and I left very disappointed. after your pictures ... I'm sorry for the money I spent on something I did not like. Maybe next weekend i’ll try your recipe too.


I hope you do give it a try. Take some pictures if you do, or better yet, post about it @globetrotters

Looks delicious!!! Nice photos!!! :-)


Oh my god !! This makes me hungry, nice photo @gringalicious


thanks so much for comenting @rafi04

Looks very delicious,since you have given us the recipe i think i will try it tomorrow


let me know how it turns out for you @christinb