This Italian-flag-inspired Margherita pizza recipe is topped with juicy tomatoes and slices of fresh mozzarella. What could make it better? Adding a salad on top of the pizza to make a pizz'alad. In this case the Margherita pizza is topped with a salad of arugula, basil and parsley tossed with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Bread flour gives the pizza crust a crisp and sturdy structure, but all-purpose flour works well in its place. For a gluten-free pizza crust variation, see the tips below.
Margherita Pizz'alad Recipe
Makes one 12- to 14-inch pizza.
Active Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Whole-grain pizza dough:
2/3 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon instant or rapid rise yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour (see tips) or all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Topping and salad:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 large tomato, very thinly sliced
5 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 cups arugula, trimmed if necessary
1 cup torn fresh basil
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
Equipment: Pizza stone
To prepare pizza dough: Stir water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl; let stand until the yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in bread flour (or all-purpose flour), whole-wheat flour (or all-purpose flour) and salt until the dough begins to come together.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, mix the dough in a food processor. Process until it forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.) Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat.
Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel; set aside in a warm, draft-free place until the dough has nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour.
To bake pizza and prepare topping and salad: Position rack in lower third of oven, place a pizza stone on the rack and preheat oven to 500 F. Let the stone heat at 500 F for 20 minutes. Want to grill your pizza instead? See tips below.
Roll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12- to 14-inch circle (depending on the size of your stone). Transfer to a lightly floured pizza peel (or inverted baking sheet).
Combine 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a small bowl and brush the dough with it. Top with tomato and mozzarella slices. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone. Bake until golden and crispy, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, mustard and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add arugula, basil and parsley and toss to coat.
When the pizza is done, transfer to a large cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes. Mound the salad in the middle of the pizza, sprinkle with Pecorino Romano and serve immediately.
To Make Ahead: Prepare dough through Step 2, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Or tightly wrap unrisen dough in oiled plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Let refrigerated (or previously frozen) dough stand at room temperature for 1 hour before rolling out.
Recipe tips: Try using white whole-wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour. It's made from a white variety of wheat, light in color and flavor but with the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. Look for it in supermarkets, natural-foods stores or online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.
We made and enjoyed a gluten-free pizza crust using
To make this pizza on the grill instead, preheat grill to medium-high. Slide the rolled-out pizza dough onto the grill rack; close the lid. Cook until lightly puffed and browned on the bottom, 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, charred-side up. Spread on toppings from Step 6. Return to grill, close lid and cook until browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes.
Per serving: 332 calories; 12 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 1 g added sugars; 13 g protein; 4 g fiber; 463 mg sodium; 264 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (32 percent daily value), Folate (28 percent dv), Iron & Vitamin C (27 percent dv), Calcium (19 percent dv)
3 carbohydrate servings
Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat
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