Salad Pizza

November 9th, 2010 · 19 Comments · Dinner, Vegetarian

Was it Michael Moss’ terrifying article on cheese in Sunday’s Times? Was it the passing mention of Sal’s, my favorite pizzeria from childhood? The only place I ever ordered Dr. Pepper and the only place I had ever heard of that served cheese-less, salad pizza. Whatever the reason, salad pizza was on my brain all day yesterday — even during a fancy midtown lunch that included lobster — so that’s what was on the dinner table at 7:00. Or at least, that was what was on mom’s and dad’s plate at 7:00. The kids couldn’t make the leap, so just had their salad on the side.

Salad Pizza

For the pizza sauce: In a medium saucepan over low heat, saute 1-2 garlic cloves in a lot of olive oil. Add 1 small onion (chopped), salt, pepper, a few shakes of red pepper flakes, and turn up heat slightly. Stir until onions have softened, about 3 minutes. Add 1 15-ounce can tomato puree (or sauce or diced tomatoes), a half dozen shakes of oregano. Stir and simmer on low heat while you prepare the rest of the meal. If you have basil, definitely add a few shreds at this point.

For the salad: In a medium bowl, toss shredded lettuce (any kind you like, this was red and green oak lettuce), a healthy handful of chopped cherry or grape tomatoes, a few slivers of red onion, a lot of shredded Parm. Then add your red wine vinegar and olive oil to taste, like you’re at a pizzeria. Toss.

For the pizza: Preheat oven to 450°F. Place store-bought pizza dough (or homemade if you are lucky enough to have it available) in the center of a lightly oiled square cookie sheet. Using your fingers, stretch it out to the sides of the pan as much as possible. Store-bought doughs are usually very springy so don’t get frustrated. The goal is to get the crust as thin as possible. Using a ladle or a large spoon, distribute a few dollops of pizza sauce on dough. Add sliced fresh mozzarella to the kids half of the pizza, keeping the other half relatively cheese-free. (We cheated a little here.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (start checking after 10) until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden and crispy. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and top the cheese-less side with salad.

More split-personality pizzas: Mushroom/Marinara; Potato & Onion/Marinara

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  • 1 my name is ish // Nov 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    yum. I always want a salad with my pizza. it never occurred to put a salad directly on my pizza – except for arugula, of course. thank you for another great idea!

  • 2 MommyLisa // Nov 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    THAT I am definitely going to try. How awesome.

    Except the cheese side will be for hubs and the kids. ;)

    I have purchased that frozen pizza dough and find it works marvelously. I have made pizza “braids” from it for our kids and they loved it.

  • 3 Karen // Nov 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    OMG … Sal’s has the best pizza in the world and there is nothing like their salad pizza. So simple and so good!!!! People think I’m crazy when I discuss my love for the place … I don’t just think it’s because I grew up on it … it’s just that good.

    Now I must try and make it at home!

  • 4 Jan @ Family Bites // Nov 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    We have an Italian friend who absolutely cannot eat a slice of pizza unless it’s topped with a large handful of arugula drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. Delicious!

  • 5 Paige // Nov 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    YUM! I’m allergic to cheese, so every pizza I eat is a salad pizza, but it’s wonderful to have a recipe I don’t have to tweak to make it so! Can’t wait to try it.

  • 6 debbie at Words to Eat By // Nov 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Wait, when did Sal’s start doing salad pizza? I don’t remember ever seeing anything remotely healthy there. My dad was a big fan of their eggplant parm, which was the most vegetable-y thing on the menu when I was growing up.

    Meanwhile, though, YOUR salad pizza looks fab!

  • 7 Lauren // Nov 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    That is a great idea! I will have to remember this when we start having dinner with a friend who is lactose intolerant. Such an easy meal to prepare =)

  • 8 ann steinbach // Nov 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Sometimes I try to put my salad on my pizza. I love that combo. Will have to try this.

  • 9 paula // Nov 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    im a huge fan of salad pizza. do you ever grill pizza? Also, i have a question for dals: at what point is it safe to introduce your kids to stuffed derma? also, have you ever made it? it looks fairly appetizing in this picture

  • 10 samantha // Nov 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    SAL’s salad pizza is the best ever. only place that keeps the dough crispy while serving the salad on the pizza dressed. I love DALS, thanks for posting.

  • 11 debbie at Words to Eat By // Nov 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    OK. I was up visiting my parents today & picked up a slice for my kid, so of course I HAD to try the salad pizza. Holy cow, that’s good stuff! Samantha’s right–the crispy dough & dressed salad work really well together. Thanks so much for the tip.

  • 12 jillian // Dec 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    this sounds delicious!! must try now. xoxo jcd

  • 13 amy turn sharp // Dec 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    yes! we call it saladza!

  • 14 samantha // Dec 18, 2010 at 12:06 am

    get out!
    I just found you via A Cup of Jo blog –
    in Mamaroneck?!
    my mom makes “salad” pizza every wednesday – and her dressing is DEAD ON if you’re interested :)

  • 15 Kassandra // Dec 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    So good I just might have to make it tonight! Saw your article on Cup of Jo-congrats!

  • 16 Mandy // Dec 19, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Great idea! Looks delicious!

    xo Mandy

  • 17 Jenny // Dec 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Samantha – YES in Mamaroneck! I’m VERY interested in the dressing!

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  • 19 Stephanie C // Oct 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I grew up loving the ceasar salad pizza that Olive Garden had. It was my favorite! Cant wait to try this!!!! “I read your newsletter. Do I win the Inmod Teak Bowl?”

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