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Salad Pizza

Salad Pizza is one of those crazy things that somehow just works. I know it would be better of me to say that I make the crust from scratch, but it’s just as easy and delicious to pick a ball of dough up at your local grocer (and a lot less messy). This goes great with Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc (have you tried it in a can yet?) and Belle and Sebastian’s “How to Solve Our Human Problems.”

Salad Pizza
Ingredients

Pizza Dough
1 32oz can crushed tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 C. Shredded Mozzarella
1 head romaine, sliced into ribbons
1 bunch scallions, sliced into rounds
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, rough chopped
Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinegar
Salt to Taste

Method 

  1. Flour a small surface and let your pizza dough rest out of the fridge and its bag for about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a small saucepan, cook your onion and garlic with a punch of oil and a pinch of salt until translucent.
  4. To your onion and garlic, add tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Let simmer uncovered.
  5. Stretch your dough to cover a quarter sheet pan (9″x6″), pulling the sides up over the pan to form a crust.
  6. Bake the crust on its own for about 4 minutes and remove from oven.
  7. Carefully ladle the tomato sauce onto the crust – you should be able to use just about all of it (and you should – those lycopenes are priceless!)
  8. Sprinkle your cheese on top of the pizza and place back in the oven for about 16 minutes.
  9. While your pizza is baking, make your salad.
  10. Mix your romaine, cucumber, parsley, scallions and kalamata onions and dress with just enough olive oil and vinegar to dampen, but not overpower the ingredients.
  11. When your pizza is done, the exterior crusts should be that elusive golden brown, remove from the oven and let sit for about 2 minutes. I know you want it now, but it’s going to get sloppy when you cook it and will burn the roof of your mouth, so settle down.
  12. After the pizza has rested for a few, Slice into about 12 squares and dress with your salad.