Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Salad Pizza

Alright, so this concept may seem a little out of the ordinary... salad on a pizza?

YES people! Salad ON top of a pizza.  This is no measly side salad that no one really bothers to eat along side your delicious cheesy pizza... We are talking a crunchy, fresh salad on top of your ooey gooey mozarella-ey slice of pizza.

I know.  You are probably thinking that there is no way this could possibly work.. or let alone, taste good.  But I am tellin ya, this pizza is good good gooooood.  You will be a changed person once you try it, I swear.  You may not even want to eat another piece of pizza, without salad on top of it, ever again.  You will be telling all of your family members, friends, and coworkers about it and you will soon begin begging the non-belivers to give it a try like I am doing now.

So please, make this for your next get together, family dinner, WHATEVER, just make it.  You will love it... I can already hear myself saying "I told you so".

1 store bought pizza dough crust (I got mine at Sprouts but you can really find them anywhere- I also    got whole wheat)
Extra virgin olive oil
10 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
Balsamic vinegar
Part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Parmesan, shaved

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Thaw out pizza dough accordingly. Follow instructions on package.

Chop and seed tomatoes.  Drain tomatoes and pat dry with paper towel.  You want these tomatoes pretty dry so they don't cause the crust to become soggy when baking.

Thinly slice onion and mince garlic.  Set aside.  Once dough has risen and come to room temperature, carefully spread it out evenly and place on a cooking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  I usually keep the crust thicker on the outside than the middle of the pizza so there is a delicious thick crust.  (See below.) Brush crust with EVOO.

Sprinkle garlic over crust and push some into the edges of the crust to create a garlic-y crust.  Carefully press thinly sliced onions into the crust, all over, as well.  Top crust with tomatoes.  Bake for 15 minutes.

While pizza is cooking, chop romaine lettuce and place in large bowl.

Dress salad with balsamic vinegar.  Make sure to taste salad as you dress it- you do not want to overdress the salad.  You want to maintain the crunch but dress it enough so you can taste the vinegar. Toss and set aside.

Once the pizza has cooked for 15 minutes, quickly take the pizza out and sprinkle mozzarella cheese all over.  Put back in oven, cook for 3 minutes.

Once it has cooked for three minutes, turn on your broiler and broil cheese to your liking.

Take out and carefully slice into desired size pieces.

Take a slice and top with desired amount of salad.  Sprinkle Parmesan shavings on top of salad and there ya have it!  Your new favorite dinner! :)

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