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.
Caesar Salad Pizza. Main dish and salad all in one fantastic pizza.Click To Tweet
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Caesar Salad and Pizza recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- How to Make a Caesar Salad from Amateur Gourmet
- Simply Recipes’ Homemade Pizza
- The history of Caesar Salad