Salad Pizza!

by Nicole on June 28, 2010

It’s here! Summer’s here! It’s been long awaited, but now I have 10 glorious weeks off! What do I plan on doing, did you say? I plan on doing as much or as little as I want to do. I plan on baking,cooking, beaching, reading, spending time with friends and family and anything else my heart desires. I plan on trying out new workouts, going into the city, making new treats and maybe even cleaning my apartment once in awhile. 

The end of the school year was HOT. I finally finished moving classrooms today, which involved me telling my students to go up to my new room and put things like leftover paper towels and books whenever they saw fit. This may make my August/September a bit scary, but I can’t begin to think about it right now. Today was the hottest day yet, so I really wasn’t motivated to do much. 

With all this hot weather, the kitchen is the last place I have wanted to be. I usually HATE turning on the air conditioner but with this heat, I have no choice. I can already envision my electric bill being sky high for this month.  

Since I am trying to stay out of the kitchen, friday night I decided pizza would be perfect. I wanted to use some of the chickpea flour I got from Bob’s Red Mill so I went to the twitter world to see if anyone knew anything about it. Erica got back to me and helped me out.  

I wanted to make something cool and refreshing, so I decided to make salad pizza. 


For this dough I used:
- 1 cup water (80-90 degrees)
- 3/4 tsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1 3/4 tsp yeast

Put ingredients in bread machine in the order listed. Start to make dough on pizza dough cycle.
When dough finishes, roll out on pizza stone. Cook at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, depending on desired crispiness. 

Salad topping
- mesclun blend
- 1 tomato (cut into slices)
- 1 cucumber (chopped)
- any other toppings you’d enjoy (black olives, feta, mozzarella, goat cheese)
- balsamic vinaigrette

In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients. Toss with dressing and spoon onto pizza dough. Cut into slices and enjoy like pizza!


* Danny would eat salad pizza, but would rather a more traditional pizza. This is a perfect way to make 2 meals at one time. Sometimes I make a little something different for him so he isn’t always forced to eat what I want to eat. Even though most of the time he likes it, this is one of those times he would prefer his own pizza. I separated the dough into thirds and made his pizza with 2/3rds of the dough and mine with the remaining 1/3rd.  Making two meals when the base of the meal is the same is a very easy way to satisfy everyone. 

His pizza had fire roasted diced tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley and mozzarella cheese topped with sea salt, black pepper and pecorino romano cheese. (Baked at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.)


This way everyone is happy! 

What’s your favorite pizza topping?
Have a good night everyone!
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Autumn @Good Eats Girl June 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Salad pizza is a GREAT idea! It seems like a perfect summer meal!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 29, 2010 at 1:18 am

glad you got moved to a new classroom and re the a/c there are some things that no matter what, you just pay for em and deal. a/c when you need it, well, you need it.

would be glad to give you a farmer's mkt tour, anytime, get your ass out here :)


Jennifer June 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

This is AMAZING! Literally the PERFECT summer meal. You rock girlie! xoxo


Simply Life June 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

Those look great! I love sun-dried tomatoes on my pizza!


Jessica (Healthy Exposures) June 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

great idea! both pizzas looks great, and i really love the mozz-basil-tomato combo of danny's – i might have fought him for a slice ;)
and i had to laugh at yours – not because it's funny – but because it's totally something i would do, too. one of the "pizzas" i made recently i just piled on a ton of veggies and my mom came along and just said "are you basically putting a salad on top of some bread and calling it pizza?" err, i guess i am, now that you mention it, mom. ;)

anyways – i've seen recipes calling for chickpea flour a lot lately – but haven't seen it in stores to give it a shot yet. have fun with it!


Megan D June 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

Ooh this looks so delish! My favorite pizza topping is black olives :)


Fashion Meets Food June 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

Yum! What a delish idea! I definitely need to try this out! I just found your blog and love it! You have a new follower!



Kat June 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

omg I love pizza. I am so down to trying new kinds of dough recipes too, thanks for sharing!!


Chef Dennis June 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

I have to say both of your pizza'a look very good! and now I am so hungry!! thanks for sharing….my wife is a teacher too….after 20 years, with all the changes in NJ she is still waiting to see where her classroom is…


Anabela (Bela) Neves June 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Oh I love pizza! My favourite topping is red pepper and sun dried tomatoes. Congrats on a new classroom, it will be a great way to start the new year in sept!


Fit Chick in the City June 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Both of those pizza's look amazing! Seriously one of my favorite foods!

Reply June 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Love the idea of a bunch of greens as a pizza topping! I love sauteed veggies on pizza!


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

YAY for 10 weeks off! You totally earned it!


Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Great idea! both look really good to me!
I love slices of tomato on my pizza!

Reply June 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

congrats on summer!!!! yay for you and me :) i love that salad pizza-too good… sorry about the classroom situation but try to forget about it until you go back!


Abby June 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm

woooo summer!! Enjoy those 10 weeks :)

As for pizza toppings.. anything but meat! I LOOOVE pizza!


baking.serendipity June 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

This looks awesome! And summer break is the absolute best…no matter what your classroom looks like when you return after break :) It's so much easier to conquer after a little well deserved time away. Have you ever tried grilling pizza? My husband and I always grill pizza in the summer. It gets really, really hot here in Phoenix and is a really great alternative to turning on the oven.


Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen June 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I hear ya on the heat! Enough already, right? I made pizza today too! I love salad pizza. Tony thinks I am crazy for liking everything on my salad, but I do! I made 3 different pizzas here. I actually really enjoy doing this. We can all eat what we want, but it still kinda seems the same! Both of your look delicious! Oh, chickpea flour is great with pizza! One of my favorites!


the twins June 30, 2010 at 12:26 am

looks great! and congrats on finishing the school year. i love pesto pizzas with tomatoes and feta.


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