Pomegranate, Kale and Balsamic Pizza

Every now and again I have the distinct pleasure of getting to watch my six-year-old niece for the night. Last week she came over, and almost as soon as she walked in the door, she started singing, “Like the moon in the sky, it’s a big pizza pie, that’s AMORE!”

(Which I realize aren’t the correct lyrics to that song, but really I’m to blame because I think I taught it to her wrong.)

Why did she start singing this when she saw me? Well, it might be because we tend to eat pizza most of the nights I watch her. Maybe. And bake cookies. Usually.

I’m a really fun aunt. 🙂

Pomegranate, Kale, Balsamic Pizza (via abeautifulmesss.com) I am a big time pizza lover, even when my niece isn’t around. And this pizza has some delicious flavors that I’m not positive would go over well with six-year-olds. I guess it depends on the six-year-old. This pizza has a chewy, crunchy crust topped with kale, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, and drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction.

My favorite part is probably the pomegranate seeds. I just love the bright pop of flavor they add! Well, that and they are super pretty. 🙂

This pizza feels really light (almost like its trendy cousin—flatbread) because instead of any kind of sauce, it’s topped with a garlic, butter, olive oil situation. I personally love how all the flavors pair together, but if you just can’t deal with a pizza that’s going topless (and by topless, I mean sauce-less…get your mind out of the gutter!), then feel free to add one. I think this cream sauce would be divine. Up to you.

Best flat bread crustPomegranate, Kale, Balsamic Pizza, serves 2-3.

This crust is the same one I use on my Chocolate Chip Pizza, but I’ll go ahead and repeat it here in case you plan to print.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can replace up to 1/2 cup with whole wheat if you like)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
big pinch (approximately 1/8 teaspoon) sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Then sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow that to sit and activate for 5 minutes. The yeast should begin to look kind of foamy, a good sign. That means it’s doing its job. If your yeast doesn’t seem to change at all (doesn’t foam), check the expiration date on your container of yeast.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, yeasty water mixture and olive oil until a soft dough ball forms. Sprinkle your counter with flour and knead 3-4 times. Lightly oil your bowl (you can use the same one) and return the dough ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about an hour or until it has nearly doubled in size.

Pomegranate and kaleFor the top:

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup chopped kale
seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate
1/3 cup feta cheese
2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar reduction (you can often buy this already made, or make your own)

Once the dough has risen, roll out on a lightly floured surface until it’s very thin and about twelve inches in diameter. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, olive oil and minced garlic. Brush over the dough and bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes.

Then top with the chopped kale (massaged with a little olive oil, optional), pomegranate seeds and feta. Bake for another 5-6 minutes. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction while still warm.

Pomegranate, Kale, Balsamic Pizza (via abeautifulmesss.com) Make some weird pizza for me soon, guys. You won’t be sorry. 🙂 xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Have you ever tried Nonna Pia’s balsamic reduction? It’s my new obsession!!!

  • We def have before (used weird floors like bathrooms, that is). But yeah, this one is a total trick. 🙂


  • I’ve done that before… with mixed results (def dropped one on the floor once).

    I’m pretty low fi with my pizza dough I guess. 🙂


  • Kale is totally crave-worthy if you ask me! It’s not just for donuts (although those are crave-worthy too). 🙂


  • It IS light pink penny tile! It’s actually a photo backdrop I made recently. I made four different tiled backdrops since I’m feeling the tile skillz pride after doing our kitchen backsplash with Trey. So, it’s really just a board I use to make pretty photos for this site. Total trick! I would love to cover my whole house in different colored penny and hex tile but that would cost a small fortune and probably not really go with me and Trey’s overall decor vibe. But I love the texture (and color) different tile backdrops can give a photo, so I got creative and made a solution that works for me. I’ll have to show you all of them next time we do a casual friday. 🙂


  • I’m excited to try this – I happen to have some pomegranates at home, but no kale or anything else. Maybe I will just try the combo of pomegranate and balsamic and see how that goes!

  • This seems like a really refreshing pizza.

    I must say that no matter how often you post using a tile background I’m ALWAYS caught off guard. I’m like, are they doing their photo shoot on the bathroom floor? lol

  • My eyes skipped over to that too! Don’t get me wrong, this pizza looks amazing, but I’m super excited to see all of Emma’s house updates!

  • Lovely. Funny I have a lot of balsamic viniger. I know this pizza taste amazing and oddly enough my nieces and nephews would eat it. They eat everything I cook (kimchi has to be mixed in something like eggs or pizza ) I will have to quadruple the pizzas there’s a lot of them. Store bought dough it is lol. Great post.

  • Gotta love a bit of kale!

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  • That is such an extraordinary ingredient combination, I am very curious how it tastes. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m really into this .. Totally making it. And, balsamic just makes everything better, you know? I think they should be collected like fine wines are. I just got a peach balsamic I plan to drizzle over a greek yogurt.

  • That does sound delicious and I like the fact that this particular one is on the light side. It’s the perfect recipe for after holidays.

  • Ooo I like your method of making pizza dough. It doesn’t look hard at all! I am relieved to know that you don’t have to throw it up in the air.

  • Healthy and delicious! Would definitely give this recipe a try!


  • This pizza looks amazing! I completely agree about pomegranates – they give little bursts of flavour which I love in salads. I would have never thought to put them on pizza. Thanks for the inspiration x

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  • Love this! Just recently got into pomegranate and have been craving kale (I blame all the healthy January-ness). And it’s so pretty!

  • I love that your niece will have memories of great tasting pizza, cookies, and lots of love from her Aunt Emma. My God-daughter is turning 1 in February, and I don’t think it’s too soon to start making pizza for her visits to my house. She’s a major foodie already. Thanks for the recipe &

    Happy Wednesday

  • This looks so delicious!! Great flavour combo
    Hannah x

  • That pizza looks quite amazing. But really, let’s talk about that tile. Do my eyes deceive me or is that LIGHT. PINK. PENNY. TILE????!!! ???

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