A garlicy crust slathered with a creamy herbed cheese spread and topped with a cool, crisp salad lightly dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. This Cold Herbed Cheese and Salad Pizza is the perfect al fresco Summer repast.
But, salad on a pizza, really? Yes! It’s one of those Summertime recipes that’s just so fabulous that you find yourself putting it on the menu all season long!
And it’s so easy when you use a store-bought ball of fresh pizza dough. Actually I love to make pizza dough, but I wanted this recipe to be a fast treat that can be tossed together in a half-hour or so.
True, the oven does need to be turned on, but it’s for less than 15 minutes total! I treat the dough just as I would when I make it myself, especially using cornmeal to keep it from sticking to the peel.
So, now let’s talk about what we’re putting on top of that lovely, crispy pizza crust.
Easy pickled red onions are always in my refrigerator, especially in the Summer!
You may not think of pickled vegies as an important item in the Summertime, but I do! Adding a little zest to my foods is so simple with these deliciously simple Easy Pickled Red Onions. There are so many ways to use them, especially as a “finishing touch”! They’re amazing on sandwiches and in salads too.
But they’re especially fabulous on my Cold Herbed Cheese and Salad Pizza!
CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE: EASY PICKLED RED ONIONS
So why is this little stick of pork so yummy? Strip bacon from the package can be too fatty and can crumble upon cooking. But, lardons of pancetta are perfectly juicy, salty sticks of cured pork. And that makes it a lovely, chewy addition to this fabulously fun pizza recipe.
I insist you pick up a piece of slab bacon from the grocer and slice the batons yourself. To cut them by hand, slice slab bacon into ¼” strips. Cook them slowly over medium heat until most of the fat has rendered out.
Stick around and keep an eye on them, because the difference between juicy lardons and bitter bacon bits is just a few moments away. I promise, you’ll be so happy that you used pancetta, the difference is amazingly delicious!
Even though this is an incredibly versatile cheese spread recipe, I do recommend that the base be equal parts cream cheese and chevre. It makes a very necessary rich and tangy component on this lovely Cold Herbed Cheese and Salad Pizza.
Another ingredient I feel is absolutely necessary is a few cloves of Garlic Confit. It’s a fabulous alternative to roasting heads of garlic, and renders lovely cloves that are tender, sweet and deeply flavorful.
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As far as the the herbs go, makes sure you use a nice combination of several, but otherwise it’s totally up to you! Here’s some of the fresh herbs that will be perfect in this recipe for Cold Herbed Cheese and Salad Pizza:
A few more seasonings and you’ll have a fabulously delicious “sauce” replacement for your Cold Herbed Cheese and Salad Pizza.
Here’s How It Goes…
Once you have all the components ready to roll, it’s just a matter of putting it all together. Wait until just before you want to serve your Cold Herbed Cheese and Salad Pizza to assemble.
I hope you give this fabulous Summertime recipe a try. It’s a little “out-of-the-box”, putting salad on a pizza, but I think you’re going to love it. Just look at the crispy brown crust, flavored with the garlic oil you have from your Garlic Confit. YUM!
Cold Herbed Cheese Salad Pizza is indeed an addictive experience, but it’s a healthy one for a change!
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The Herbed Cheese Spread can be done up to one day ahead and refrigerated in a tightly covered container.