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Pizza Margherita
with Italian tossed salad

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Travel to Italy today with this classic pizza and Italian-inspired house salad.
Smarts: Don't skip the step to rest the dough before cooking. The rested, room temperature dough will be easier to work with and less likely to stick.
Cooking methods: As we did when we featured this recipe in 2018, this version includes instructions for cooking the pizza on the grill or in the oven. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Pizza Sauce:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 4 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup (sub water)
Italian Tossed Salad:
  • Tomatoes, medium (sub half a cup cherry or grape tomatoes for each medium tomato) - 1, diced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 2 hearts, chopped (sub green leaf or iceberg)
  • Olives, black and sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Mayonnaise - 1 Tbsp (sub plain Greek yogurt)
  • Oil, olive - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
Pizza Margherita:
  • Pizza dough - 1 lb
  • Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Cheese, fresh mozzarella - 8 oz, sliced
  • Basil, fresh - 10 leaves, sliced
  • Pizza sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/2 cup

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Prep

  1. Pizza dough - Cover in flour and let rest for at least 30 minutes outside of fridge before rolling out. (Resting dough gives gluten time to chill out, which makes the dough much more pliable.)
  2. Make sauce - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating before continuing with prep.) Chop garlic. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil (portion for sauce) and when hot, add garlic and oregano (portion for sauce) and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and stock and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, ~1 minute. Add more stock if needed to reach a smooth, spreadable consistency. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Mozzarella / Basil / Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  4. Olives - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Preheat grill to 425F / 218C degrees, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  2. Spread dough out into a circle and brush one side with some oil. Place dough on grill over direct heat (oiled side down). Close lid and cook for 3 minutes. (This is also a good pizza on the grill video tutorial.)
  3. Remove pizza from grill and flip over. Top grilled side of dough with sauce, cheese, and basil.
  4. Return pizza to indirect heat and continue cooking, with lid closed, until cheese is melted and bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, in a large mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, olive oil (portion for salad), vinegar, and oregano (portion for salad). Add lettuce, olives, and tomatoes and toss everything to combine. Season salad with some salt and black pepper.
  6. Slice pizza and serve with salad on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Pizza dough - Cover in flour and let rest for at least 30 minutes outside of fridge before rolling out. (Resting dough gives gluten time to chill out, which makes the dough much more pliable.)
  2. Make sauce - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Chop garlic. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil (portion for sauce) and when hot, add garlic and oregano (portion for sauce) and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and stock and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, ~1 minute. Add more stock if needed to reach a smooth, spreadable consistency. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Mozzarella / Basil / Tomatoes / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  4. Olives - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees and position top rack so it’s at the very top.
  2. Brush a sheet pan with some oil. Using hands, stretch out pizza dough to cover sheet pan - it should be pretty easy to do if you let the dough rest. Brush dough with some oil.
  3. Bake dough on top rack for 3 minutes without toppings. This solo time in the oven gives the dough time to crisp up; if you put toppings on now, your crust may get soggy.
  4. Remove pizza from oven and top with sauce, cheese, and basil. Return pizza to oven and continue cooking until cheese is melted and bubbly, 8 to 12 minutes.
  5. While pizza is baking, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, olive oil (portion for salad), vinegar, and oregano (portion for salad). Add lettuce, olives, and tomatoes and toss everything to combine. Season salad with some salt and black pepper.
  6. Slice pizza and serve with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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