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In an effort to eat better, one of things I’ve been trying to do is eat a salad whenever I eat pizza. Easier said than done, since most pizza shops have terrible salad. So that means I either have to make my own — c’mon — or find a place that has good salad.
It’s a struggle for sure. But then I had the idea to turn the pizza into a salad. I know, I know. But, this is actually not bad. I’m not gonna lie — it’s not the same as eating a pizza. Not at all. But it does take a lot of the good flavors from a pizza and turns it into something healthier.
My salad relies on a couple key seasonings for flavor. First, an aptly named “Pizza Seasoning” from Penzey’s, which I used to roast some tomatoes. Second, one of my favorite blends, Hot Roasted Garlic, which is a delicious blend that makes pepper flakes even better. An Italian seasoning oregano, or crushed pepper flakes will work here as well.
Then, you just take a bunch of your favorite greens — in this case, Romaine, kale, and spinach — and your favorite pizza toppings. I used some vegan pepperoni cubes I got from a local restaurant, hot cherry peppers, and shredded mozzarella. But whatever you like on pizza will work here. Olives, mushrooms, green peppers, onions. The roasted tomatoes give you a sauce like flavor, while some crunchy pita chips add crunch like the best thin crust. All rounded out with a creamy, herby, delectable buttermilk ranch.
So, no. It’s not a pizza. But it’s a satisfying midweek meal that is healthy, tasty, and will keep your cravings at bay, at least until the weekend.
Pizza Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
This super satisfying pizza salad is perfect for when you want the flavor of pizza, but not all the guilt. Easily customizable, it’s the perfect weeknight meal.