I’d been meaning to make salad pizzas for so long.
And then Katherine asked me if I wanted to come over to make salad pizza.
Katherine just gets me.
I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been friends for five years! We met freshman year when we were in the same sorority pledge class. Then, our friendship really began to blossom sophomore year (blossom. barf.). She was a consistent and familiar face to turn to throughout college, for both laughter and to help me through the rough times. We both majored in Biology and Environmental Science, and bonded via our commiserating.
So, that’s Kath, and she is also a wonderful resource when it comes to cooking/baking/kitchen activities. Naturally, I always jump on the opportunity when she wants to make dinner together. Especially when she suggests salad pizza.
What is salad pizza, you ask?
It is pizza. With salad on top. Revolutionary stuff here, guys.
Now, I don’t have to describe to you why pizza is great- cheesiness, crisp crust, tomatoness, etc. It makes you feel all warm inside. Sometimes that warm feeling is just what you need. Sometimes, it could use the refreshing crunch of lightly dressed greens on top. If you haven’t tried this, do it now! Ain’t no time for haterz.
Now, there’s hardly a recipe for salad pizza. Since I used frozen Udi’s pizza crust (Udi’s, you are my savior). But here is the list of things you’ll need/do.
1 gf pizza crust
3-4 Tbsp. pizza sauce (we used this super simple sauce)
3 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced/shredded into thin slabs
2 cups green (we used a blend of arugula and spinach)
1-2 tsp. olive oil
squirt of lemon juice
red pepper flakes, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Assemble pizza- spread crust with sauce (I like lotssss) slices of cheese, and other desired toppings (we sliced some tomatoes and caramelized some onions).
Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is just browning. Allow pizza to cool for about 5 minutes.
Drizzle greens with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Toss.
Top pizza with salad. And smile. Because you’re about to eat pizza salad.