Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

by Erin

Love chicken Caesar salad? Ditch those croutons and serve it on top of a pizza instead!

Mellow Mushroom Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza Slice

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Ever order a pizza but start with a salad, convincing yourself it will prevent you from eating too much pizza? That never works for me. I will still annihilate half by myself, so I would’ve consumed less calories without the stupid healthy salad .

Maybe putting the salad on the pizza is the way to go.

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza Toppings

Caesar salad was actually the first salad I ever liked. Probably because it has the least amount of vegetables in it and I used to despise all vegetables besides carrots, corn and potatoes (as if they counted as a veggie).

Green things were very much absent from my diet growing up, but boredom of the food selections of my undergraduate meal plan that met my picky-eating ways forced me to dive into the actually very expansive options available (oh the benefits of going to a gigantic school).

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza #pizza #salad

But back to talking about this pizza topped with Caesar salad. It is cooked with a pesto sauce base and topped with Mozzarella, Paremesan and chicken. Then once out of the oven, you assemble the rest of the salad right on top!

A little drizzle of homemade creamy caesar dressing and some extra shredded Parmesan seals the deal. But leave off those croutons because you will find them transformed into a pizza crust. IDK about you but pizza crust sounds way better than any crouton.

Chicken Caesar Salad on top of Pizza #caesarsalad

I think any salad could be improved by being serving on top of a pizza crust.

What salad should I try next? I also have done a strawberry spinach salad pizza, but I would like to try a Cobb salad. I am also just a fan in general of some post-oven greenery, especially arugula.

Post updated 8/31/20, photo above is the original.

One year ago: Apple Harvest Oatmeal

Mellow Mushroom Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza Slice


Yield: 3-4 Servings Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 recipe pizza dough
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups leafy romaine
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Caesar salad dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone* placed on the center rack for 30 minutes.
  2. On a cornmeal dusted pizza peel*, roll out the pizza dough. Spread the olive oil and pesto over the dough within a 1/2 inch of the edge. Top with chicken pieces and sprinkle cheeses over top.
  3. Shimmy onto the preheated pizza stone and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.
  4. Allow pizza to cool slightly then top with romaine, tomato, and dressing. Add additional Parmesan is desired.


*If you don't have a pizza stone or peel, you can just assemble the pizza on a baking sheet.

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Source: Inspired by Mellow Mushroom’s “The Caesar!” pizza.

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Tracey March 8, 2012 - 6:43 am

Haha, I’m the opposite – I skip the salad to save all the room in my belly for pizza!! :) This looks awesome, I can definitely get behind salad ON my pizza. Oh, and Mellow Mushrooms? YUM! I miss it!!

spiffycookie March 8, 2012 - 8:42 am

I pretty much forgo the salad these days, but that used to be my thought process until I realized it didn’t work. And yes I love Mellow Mushroom! I had never had it before until after living here a couple years.

Joan March 7, 2012 - 6:11 pm

Great idea for pizza!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 7, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Oh man, the amount of eating options you had is RIDICULOUS! I think I’d be intimidated by the sheer prospect of attempting to try them all.

spiffycookie March 7, 2012 - 6:36 pm

It was amazing. I missed it when I decided to live off campus the last two years.

Michelle March 7, 2012 - 1:25 pm

I used to get a pizza similar to this from California Pizza Kitchen, it was to die for!! This looks so yummy!

Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) March 7, 2012 - 11:09 am

So funny….I always eat a salad too hoping it will fill me up so I don’t vacuum up my entire dinner in my mouth. Never really works. :)

Emily @ Life on Food March 7, 2012 - 10:42 am

Haha, I always force myself to eat salads before my meals and I am completely convinced that it makes me eat NO less of my actual meal. I just think I get extra vitamins and nutrients. Great pizza!

Lacy @ NYCityEats March 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

This looks delicious! I actually saw something similar last night at a local pizza place and I was soooo tempted but I had to be unhealthy as possible and forego all greens. Now I can make it myself! Great recipe! :)

Kathryn March 7, 2012 - 7:27 am

What a great idea – Caesar salad was one of the few salads I used to eat too and I really like the idea of having it on my pizza!


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