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Grilled Summer Vegetable and Pesto Pizza

A vegetarian pizza that celebrates summer with grilled vegetables, caper pesto and mozzarella.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: family friendly, homemade pizza, summer, vegetable pizza, vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00


  • Food Processor
  • Grill or Grill Pan


For the Pesto:

  • 2 cups Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 inch piece Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup Toasted Pine Nuts (I often substitute pecans)
  • 3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon Capers, drained

For the Pizza:

  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 2 Zucchini, sliced
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 batch Pizza Dough (see recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 oz Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
  • Fresh Basil, for topping


  • Make the pesto: Combine all pesto ingredients in a food processor until nearly smooth. Add additional olive oil, if needed a bit at a time until it reaches a smooth spreadable consistency.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and prepare your grill. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven as it heats up.
  • Grill the vegetables: When the grill is hot, brush the sliced vegetables with olive oil and place on the grill. Cook until tender, turning halfway through. When you have about a minute left of cooking, brush both sides of the vegetables with vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate.
  • Stretch the pizza dough into rounds and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Cook the pizza: Top each pizza with pesto, grilled vegetables and mozzarella. Cook until cheese is bubbling and pizza crust is golden, about 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil, slice and serve!


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 644IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg