Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes and Bacon Recipe

August 20, 2012
Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes and Bacon Recipe |

Grapes on pizza. Have you tried it yet?

I love fruit on pizza – pineapple, even mango – but I have to admit I wasn’t sure about grapes. Aside from picking a bunch off the vine, warm from the summer sun, I’d never had hot grapes before.

Although, after seeing it on several food blogs, I figured there had to be something I was missing. And there was. I’m sold! I love the burst of sweet, juicy flavor from the grapes.

For this pizza, I used pesto as the sauce and cooked up some pastured pork bacon for a little extra smoky, salty flavor. Red onions worked great, both in flavor and color. I can see all kinds of cheeses working for this, but I used a basic whole milk mozzarella.


Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes and Bacon

Makes:  3 to 4 servings 

Dough for a 14 inch pizza
1/4 cup basil pesto
1/2 red onion, sliced into rings
3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
1 cup red grapes, halved
1/2 cup whole milk mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Roll the pizza dough out to 14 inches and place on a pizza pan. Spread the dough with pesto.

Top the dough with the onion, bacon, and grapes. Top the pizza evenly with the cheese.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and browned. 

Pesto Pizza with Red Grapes and Bacon Recipe |



Okay, I want to know – what’s the most unique pizza topping you’ve had before? For me, it would be canned tuna. It was a pizza topping when we dined on rodizio pizza (kind of like a buffet brought to you) in Brazil. 



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  • Emily in Chile August 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I surprised myself by really liking peaches on a pizza once. I think it worked for me because all of the toppings and sauce were different rather than it being a “normal” pizza with some fruit – Hawaiian pizza is SO not my thing!

  • Lori August 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Emily – Peaches, but no pineapple?! Ha! I get it thought. Fruit really does have to be done right. Now if it’s dessert pizza, that’s a whole different story.

  • TasteHongKong August 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I have to admit I was a bit hesitated when reading grapes on pizza, but it sounds nice to pair with with onion and bacon.

  • Joanne August 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I’ve heard good things about roasted grapes but have never tried them before…what better way than on pizza!

  • Andrea August 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Love the idea of grapes on pizza! Did they cook down at all and get chewy? Or did they stay soft and juicy?

  • Cathleen August 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I have never tried grapes on anything savory. I am very intrigued, I would love to try this!

  • lisa is cooking August 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

    The pesto and grapes sound great together! I’ve been wanting to make a grape focaccia but haven’t done it yet. One of my favorite pizzas I’ve ever had was a very spicy seafood pizza with lots of crushed red pepper and no cheese.

  • Lori August 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

    TasteHongKong – I was as well. I was surprised at how good it tastes.

    Joanne – I’m seeing them pop up everywhere it seems. I saw a sweet potato with them on Pinterest the other day!

    Andrea – They stay firm and juice. They kind of pop in your mouth. Big fan now.

    Cathleen – It seemed strange to me and I’m pretty adventurous. Ha, ha! It turned out great!

    Lisa – Grape focaccia sounds so good! And so does that pizza you described!