Caesar Salad Pizza

by Lana Stuart on October 26, 2010 · 16 comments

Caesar Salad Pizza

There used to be a little restaurant down in Albany, Georgia, called Leslie’s. It was tucked into a quaint shopping area surrounded by unique stores, interior designers, and an upscale produce market. It was one of those places frequented by both the “ladies who lunch” and professional women from the surrounding area. Most any week day Leslie’s was busy as a bee hive from about 11:30 until about 2:00. The menu was quite different and varied.

I had two favorites at Leslie’s. The chicken salad plate which came with a mound of the most delicious, made daily on the premises chicken salad, fresh fruits including several different melons and a slice of Leslie’s banana nut bread with sweetened cream cheese to spread on top. Yum. My other favorite was her Caesar Salad Pizza. A single serving sized pizza with warm, gooey cheese and topped with a generous amount of Caesar salad. Double yum.

Sadly, Leslie’s closed years ago and Leslie herself passed away a few years later. I don’t know why I started thinking about that Caesar Salad Pizza and Leslie’s little restaurant after all this time, but sometime last week I decided that I had to try to recreate the pizza. And here’s my best effort. It’s pretty dang close to Leslie’s, too, even though I took a lot of short cuts that I’m sure she never did. If you want to go all out and make the pizza dough from scratch, do some homemade pizza sauce and make your own Caesar dressing, please be my guest. I cheated. I purchased a pizza dough from my local grocery store, bought a jar of pizza sauce and a bottle of Caesar dressing. It all worked out.

1 purchased pizza dough (or make your own if you prefer)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pizza sauce (purchased or make your own)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 3/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
40 slices pepperoni

1 package hearts of romaine lettuce
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Caesar dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Prepping dough for Caesar Salad Pizza

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Divide the pizza dough in half. Roll or stretch out each half and place on a well-oiled sheet tray. Brush each half lightly with olive oil and prick all over with a fork. Cook for approximately 6 minutes. I like to pre-cook my pizza dough for a few minutes before adding the toppings. I find that it prevents the undercooked center of the crust that I sometimes get otherwise.

Preparing Caesar Salad Pizza

Remove from oven. Top each half with pizza sauce, grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella and pepperoni. Brush the edges with olive oil. Return to oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.

Preparing Caesar Salad Pizza

While the pizza cooks, prepare the Caesar salad topping. Combine romaine, grated parmesan cheese, dressing and salt and pepper to taste. Now, if you want to make a homemade Caesar dressing, by all means please do, but I think this Ken’s Chef’s Reserve Caesar with Roasted Garlic is very, very good. And it helps me get dinner on the table that much faster.

Preparing Caesar Salad Pizza

Remove the pizzas from oven and allow them to cool just slightly. Top each pizza with half the Caesar salad. Sprinkle with the shaved parmesan.

Enjoy!

Caesar Salad Pizza
 
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Pizza and Caesar salad all in one bite.
Ingredients
  • 1 purchased pizza dough (or make your own if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup pizza sauce (purchased or make your own)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1¾ cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 40 slices pepperoni
  • 1 package hearts of romaine lettuce
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup Caesar dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Divide the pizza dough in half. Roll or stretch out each half and place on a well-oiled sheet tray. Brush each half lightly with olive oil. Cook for approximately 6 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. Top each half with pizza sauce, grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella and pepperoni. Brush the edges with olive oil. Return to oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.
  4. While the pizza cooks, prepare the Caesar salad topping. Combine romaine, grated parmesan cheese, dressing and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove pizza from oven and allow to cool just slightly. Top each pizza with half the Caesar salad.
Notes
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1 eatgreek.net October 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm

excellent recipe! :D

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2 Barbara @moderncomfortfood October 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Whoa, Lana. Did you make this just for me? Given my proclivities — I consider Caesar salad the most wonderful dish ever created by mankind and I always make pizza from scratch — you couldn’t have given me a better gift than this recipe. Must make soonest! Wish I didn’t already have dinner on the stove and in the oven right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

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3 Lana October 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Barbara – So glad I could provide a recipe that is exciting enough that you’d want to make it right away! Do let me know how you like it.

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4 Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

What a great idea! My bf will love this!

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5 kateiscooking October 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

My kind of dish!!! We made a caesar pizza earlier this year that was loads more complicated. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks :-) Kate@ kateiscooking

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6 megan October 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm

A salad and a pizza all in one bite! Perfect!

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7 briarrose October 27, 2010 at 9:45 am

What a neat idea.

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8 Drick October 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

great pizza dear, and yes to the shortcuts …. somedays life just seems to be in a hurry, thanks to these kind of recipes, I might be able to slow down…

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9 Lana October 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

You know, Drick, I’m getting more and more into the shortcuts for week nights and saving the involved cooking for the weekends. Just not enough hours in the day any more.

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10 Kare October 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Mmmmmm. I used to have this salad-on-a-pizza dish at (shameful head dip) California Pizza Kitchen. But seriously, it was really good. That with *Caesar* salad?! Yum.

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11 Lana October 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

You know, I’ve never been to California Pizza Kitchen. I’d probably really like it. Like a bunch.

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12 Sues October 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Ahh this looks awesome!! I have a buffalo chicken pizza on my menu for dinner tomorrow, but this look pretty awesome and now I want to make 2 different pizzas!!

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13 Lana October 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Nobody says you can’t have two pizzas to choose from :-)

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14 {Clockwork Lemon} October 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

wow! this sounds amazing! I love pizza.. I love caesar salad, but I never would have thought to combine the two

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15 Miss P October 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Looks great. The shaved parmesean really makes me drool.
Miss P

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