Winter Greens & Radish Pesto Pizza
It’s 40 degrees and raining outside. And I’m standing in it, staring at a table full of root vegetables and leafy greens. If I’m honest, this is not my best experience at the Farmer’s Market. But rain or shine, I am here to support my local farmers- in particular, I’m loving what I see at Denton Creek Farms this week. Even through the drops of rain I can see how beautiful their produce is- the rainbow chard, golden beets, pink watermelon radishes, and red tomatoes are bringing much needed color to an otherwise gray winter day.
These were the making of a beautiful salad, no doubt, but with my hands growing more numb by the minute, the last thing I could stomach was the thought of eating raw vegetables. Quite frankly, all my heart wanted was a warm bubbly pizza, so I thought to myself, “challenge accepted.”
In making my rounds, I had sampled some fresh pesto made with radishes, and couldn’t think of anything better to serve as the base of the pizza. I grabbed a bunch of rainbow chard and kale, along with a bunch of watermelon radishes for garnish (if you’ve never tried this variety of radishes, you’re in for a treat. They are not only beautiful, but not quite as spicy as the red ones). No pizza is complete without cheese, so I swung by and chose a soft mozzarella for it’s creaminess and a gouda for a little bolder flavor. And because I can never leave well-enough alone, I couldn’t help but grab a carton of farm fresh eggs to top it off and give me an excuse to eat it for breakfast… brunch pizza is a thing, right?
I expected it to be good, but it turned out absolutely delicious. It was unlike any pizza I had ever had. Picture this: sharp, slightly bitter greens sauteed with savory garlic on top of a bed of creamy mozzarella and soft whole wheat crust, mingling with the rich, spicy radish pesto and freshly crumbled gouda- all topped with pillowy-soft eggs and crunchy, fresh radishes. It was a winter wonderland of flavors and textures (I don’t know what’s cheesier, me or the pizza…). Plus, you’ve got nutrient-dense leafy greens, detoxifying and vitamin rich radishes, eggs high in omega-3’s, and fiber-filled whole grains all working together to keep your body healthy despite the weather’s best attempts. What more could you need?