Hear me out. I’m not trying to replace pizza with salad – I haven’t totally gone off the rails! I have a weird hobby where I try to turn one food into another food – so sue me! I turn kale into pesto, yogurt into cheesecake, and cottage cheese into a pizza topping! If everyone can enjoy turning tacos into salad… why not pizza?!
This salad is completely customizable. What do you like on your pizza? If you’re a fan of pepperoni, add sausage or cubed ham! You like a sweeter sauce? Sub out the tomato sauce, coat some chicken breast in bbq sauce, and you’ve got yourself something tasty! Spinach would make a perfect alternative to romaine in this recipe! Even pineapple may actually be okay on pizza in this context ? So give it a try, and let me know what toppings you would use in the comments!
The dressing and tomatoes bring in the tomatoey flavour, grilled onions give it that “fire cooked” flavour, the fresh bocconcini adds the mandatory cheese (in my opinion), the croutons cover the crust, and the basil and other toppings just bring it all together!
Customize the ingredients with your favourite pizza toppings! Grilling the onion adds that firey pizza oven flavour, but you can absolutely skip this step and use red onions instead!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp tomato sauce no sugar added
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups romaine lettuce
- ~10 fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 roasted red pepper sliced
- 1/4 medium onion charred/grilled, sliced
- ¼ cup mushrooms sliced
- 5 black olives sliced
- 2 bocconcini fresh, mini
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper optional
- 1/4 cup croutons plain or garlic, optional
To make dressing, combine oil, vinegar, tomato sauce, and oregano in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Set aside.
Combine romaine, basil, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and dressing in a large serving bowl; toss gently to blend.
Top with bocconcini, optional croutons and crushed red pepper; serve immediately.