Love chicken Caesar salad? Ditch those croutons and serve it on top of a pizza instead!
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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- Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone* placed on the center rack for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Shimmy onto the preheated pizza stone and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.
- 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.
Source: Inspired by Mellow Mushroom’s “The Caesar!” pizza.