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Salad Pizza

Being that it is Salad season on the Homestead, we are picking fresh greens so often and have been enjoying our big salads, but, recently, my husband had an idea to make a salad pizza. I was skeptical about this, but, decided to give it a try! To my surprise, it was one of my favorite pizzas I have ever made!

I mean it’s totally normal to have salad and pizza together, so, why not make the two into one? Well, believe me when I say that this is one of the best pizzas ever!

I sat for a few minutes before I made this and came up with a plan. I made my whole wheat pizza crust https://therosehomestead.com/pizza-crust-made-with-freshly-ground-wheat/ and while it was rising, I came up with the toppings and sauce I thought would be good.

The great thing about this pizza is that you can use any veggies you have on hand. I personally had mushrooms and onions on hand.

When I thought about a sauce, I first thought about a tomato based sauce, but, then it came to me! Homemade salad dressing! I decided to make my homemade Greek yogurt dressing Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing – The Rose Homestead

I don’t know about you, but, I can put a good salad dressing on anything and eat it, ha ha! This salad dressing is no exception. So creamy and delicious. It adds a great amount of flavor to this pizza.

For this pizza, I picked a bunch of salad greens from the garden. Leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, and Arugula. You can use store bought salad greens, as well! But, I highly recommend growing your own greens. You can grow them in a little raised bed on the back porch if you don’t have the yard space. They are so easy to grow and can not be matched when it comes to flavor!

Once my pizza crust has risen, I slice up the veggies I will be using. I like to slice them up as thinly as possible since this pizza will not bake very long.

I preheated the oven to 450 degrees F. To shape the dough, I lay it on the pan I am using and starting from the center, I begin to push it out to the edges until it is evenly spread on the pan. The crust will be thicker on a smaller pan and thinner on a larger pan.

Once I have the crust spread evenly, I top it with my homemade salad dressing and the veggies. We prefer to sprinkle a little salt over the veggies to add some flavor.

I know that typically pizza is topped with mozzarella cheese, but, we prefer sharp cheddar cheese. I shred up about a cup for our pizza.

We like to shred our own cheese. The store bought shredded cheese is coated to prevent caking and in my opinion changes the texture quite a bit. It is also cost effective to buy blocks and shred your own.

I topped the pizza with the cheese and placed it in the preheated oven.

Bake until the edges of the crust are crispy and brown and the cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 15-20 minutes.

Here’s the fun part! Once the pizza is out of the oven, add your fresh salad greens on top and drizzle with more salad dressing.

I decided to top my slice with a boiled egg and it was super delicious!

Believe me when I say, this is one of the best pizzas! We have had it a few times already this spring and plan on having it regularly all summer long!

When the veggies start coming in out in the garden, it will be even better!

I hope you will give this pizza variation a try, and, if you do, please comment and let me know!

See you soon!

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