Mini Bagel Pizzas
and kale salad with lemon garlic dressing
Who can resist bite-sized bagel pizzas for dinner? This fast meal, first featured in 2017, will be an easy win with the whole family.
Smarts: Pepperoni minis make a fun topping, but feel free to add any other vegetables or meats that you prefer.
- Mini bagels, fresh or frozen - 8 (sub whole bagels, 1 per serving)
- Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
- Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
- Tomato sauce - 10 oz
- Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
- Sugar - 1/4 tsp
- Cheese, shredded mozzarella - 6 oz
- Pepperoni minis (opt) - 3/4 cup (sub full-size pepperoni, chopped)
- Kale, curly leaf - 6 oz, stems removed and leaves finely chopped (sub mixed greens)
- Lemon Garlic Dressing (ingredients listed separately) - 1/3 cup
- Almonds, sliced - 1 oz
- Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
- Capers - 1 Tbsp, drained and rinsed
- Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
- Sour cream - 2 Tbsp (sub yogurt)
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
Bagels - If using frozen bagels, defrost according to package directions.
Make dressing - Chop garlic and capers. Mix with lemon juice, vinegar, sour cream, mustard, and honey. (Note: For a very smooth vinaigrette, you can blend everything together with an immersion blender, adding water if needed to thin.) Season to taste with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated)
Make sauce - Stir together shallots, tomato paste, tomato sauce, oregano, sugar, and some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
Place bagels, cut-side up, on a sheet pan. Transfer to the oven and bake for 3 minutes to crisp the tops.
Top bagels with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni (if using). Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is melted, 10 minutes more.
While bagels bake, toss kale with dressing until salad is dressed to your liking. Top with almonds.
Serve pizza bagels with salad on the side. Enjoy!
This was very simple to pull together on a weeknight, which is a perk. I found the dressing delightfully piquant, but the rest of the family found it too sharp and resorted to ranch. I sauted the shallots and added the sauce and let it reduce a bit before putting on the bagels - it was delicious! The pizza bagels were really fresh and delicious tasting. I found the salad a little overly simple, so next time we'll likely add more vegetables and maybe shaved parm, but I think we'll definitely make this again sometime!1 Helpful
I modified this a lot but felt confident after years with cooksmarts!0 Helpful
Great and the kids loved it. Took a little longer than I'd thought to put the toppings on each individual mini bagel. Had some mixed greens on hand so used those instead of getting kale. Probably would have been better with kale, but this worked too.0 Helpful
Don’t feel like I need a recipe for bagel pizzas but did enjoy the kale salad. The kids are the pizzas and zero salad.0 Helpful
I didn't love the dressing for the salad. The caper flavor was too intense for me. But I loved the flavor of the pizza sauce!0 Helpful
5 stars for the pizza, 2-3 for the salad. I wanted the salad to be a kale Caesar. It was so close! We didn’t love the lemony dressing and felt it was a little too “wet.” The mini pizzas were adorable and easy though and I ended up making a second batch to throw in the kids’ lunches tomorrow. Definitely will become a staple for us, maybe with roasted broccoli.0 Helpful
I loved the bagel pizzas, this site has made me realize bagels are delicious, I would make these again. Be aware though, in 10 minutes in the oven the tomato paste and shallots don't really cook, making the sauce taste a bit raw. Next time I'll leave them out and just buy pizza sauce and season it. I used ham instead of pepperoni, it's a more common pizza topping where I live. I can't find kale here so I used a mix of baby spinach, arugula and baby red chard. I bought the almonds and then totally forgot to use them. I'm not a huge fan of salads, it was just ok. If you don't like raw garlic, be aware it's definitely a strong flavour in the dressing.0 Helpful