Friday, August 12, 2011

Bread Pizza with Spring Mix Salad

Originated in Italy, Pizza is now famous all over the world. I love to make pizza at home, there are endless toppings once you know how to make a Pizza. "Bread Pizza" is just a different kind of pizza. I use regular wheat or white bread instead of traditional crust and use different kind of toppings. It is quick and easy to make. Serve it with Spring Mix Salad for a complete meal.

Ingredients For Pizza
10 Bread slices
1 Cup finely diced red and green bell peppers
1/2 onion finely diced
1 small tomato finely chopped(pulp removed)
Fresh Basil(optional)
1/8 tsp Pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese(Approximately one 8oz package)
Salt and Pepper
Ketchup as required

Ingredients for Spring Mix Salad
1 8-10 oz package of Spring Mix Salad(ready to eat ones)
1/3 Cup Croutons
10-12 Grapes(cut in halves)
8 Toasted Walnut halves
1/2 Cup Cucumber diced into big chunks
Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Ingredients for Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tbsp Honey
Pinch of Sugar
Salt and Pepper.

Method for dressing
Mix together all the ingredients except Olive Oil. Start whisking Olive Oil in a steady stream into the rest of the ingredients until nicely incorporated. Your Vinaigrette is ready.

In a salad bowl mix together all the ingredients for salad and dress it with Vinaigrette.

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Mix together all the ingredients except bread, cheese and ketchup in a bowl.

Arrange bread slices on a baking tray. Start by spreading ketchup evenly on all the slices followed by cheese. Top it with the above mixture. Then sprinkle more cheese.

Pizza is ready to go in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until cheese melts and bread is nice and crusty.
Serve it with fresh Spring Mix Salad and you can have a complete satisfying meal in minutes.

Quick Tips-:
Italian or Pizza seasoning is just a mixture of different herbs. If you don't have it simply use salt and pepper.
You can use store bought pizza sauce, or even Pasta sauce is fine. Sometimes I use Maggie hot and sweet tomato chili sauce. So go ahead and be creative :-).
Jalapenos and pineapple is another interesting topping for spice lovers.

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