Monday, August 13, 2012

Spinach Salad Pizza

Spinach Salad Pizza

We are still going strong – but only a few weeks left of our #TomatoLove recipe exchange, in conjunction with IJM’s Recipe for Change.  It’s never been more important to speak out – advocate for tomato farmers by speaking out.  Sign a petition, send a letter to your local supermarkets, and share the campaign with others.  Ali and are so excited about the enthusiasm that this campaign is receiving.  We are also so excited for this week’s giveaway – a Pro Premium Pizza Making Kit from “Pizza Dan” of!

I have been waiting for PIZZA week since this campaign began.  I am such a big fan of pizza.  And I think that there is no better vehicle for tomatoes.  I think it’s about time that I admit to you that I haven’t always been a tomato lover.  In fact, I couldn’t stand tomatoes as a kid.  It wasn’t until the summer before my junior year in college that I fell completely, head-over-heels in love with the sweet red fruit.

Spinach Salad Pizza

Of course – I had been eating them all my life – in spaghetti sauces, chili and pizza sauce.  All of which are favorites of mine.  So when I think back – it’s no wonder that I adore them.  And without a doubt,  I adore them on pizza.

Spinach Salad Pizza

The idea for this pizza came from my favorite salad at a local pizza place, Spin Pizza.  It’s a traditional spinach salad with caramelized onions, mushrooms, pancetta, roasted tomatoes, pecans and goat cheese.  But what takes it over the edge is the Chianti vinaigrette!  My mouth is watering as I tell you about it.  So while I was brainstorming pizza ideas, I was also craving this salad, especially the dressing.  So the two became one and we were blown away at what an awesome pizza it made.  I bought a container of this dressing to make the pizza but any kind of red wine vinaigrette will do.  I am going to do a little experimenting in the coming weeks so you just might see my own rendition of this dressing right here.

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Spinach Salad Pizza Recipe

Yield: 4 6-inch pizzas

Total Time: 30 minutes

Traditional spinach salad meets pizza for a fun summer meal: mushrooms, pancetta, roasted tomatoes, vinaigrette and pecans atop a thin crust.


1 cup grape tomatoes
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces pancetta
4 6-inch round tortillas
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup (about 1 whole medium yellow onion), sliced
1 cup baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
3-4 ounces goat cheese crumbles
Chianti vinaigrette (see note below)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the tomatoes in an even layer on a small baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to evenly coat. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes until the tomatoes begin to wilt.

Lay the tortillas out onto a large baking sheet. Divide the olive oil evenly among the tortillas and spread evenly with a pastry brush. Bake in the 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until the pancetta is crisp and the fat is rendered. Remove the pancetta and set aside, reserving the drippings in the pan.
To the pancetta drippings, add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until caramelized and very soft.

While the onions are cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and the mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes, until the mushrooms begin to soften. Remove from heat and set aside.

To assemble the pizzas:
Lay about 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves on top of the crisped tortillas. Top with 1/4 of each: cooked pancetta: cooked mushrooms: caramelized onions; roasted tomatoes; goat cheese; pecans. Lightly drizzle the dressing on top and cut into slices with a pizza cutter.

Cassie’s Notes:
I buy the chianti vinaigrette from a local pizza place. If you can’t find something similar in the store or a restaurant near you, any vinaigrette will do – just use your favorite dressing for spinach salads. I think that even a simple drizzle of good balsamic vinegar & olive oil would be perfect with this pizza.
I decided to make this “pizza” on crisped tortillas because I wanted a very thin and crispy crust. It was great – but feel free to substitute your favorite pizza or flatbread crust recipe!

This is a truly amazing set of pizza making equipment.  We love making pizza at home and having these pieces made it so fun.  I especially loved the wooden paddle! offers a pizza school, a store and recipes. Don’t forget to visit Pizza Home Chef at their Facebook Page, and YouTube Channel!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Katherine who shared Basil Pesto Pizza with White Chicken!

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    1. Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring tomato PIZZAS.
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Spinach Salad Pizza

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58 Responses to “Spinach Salad Pizza”

  1. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 13, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    This looks gorgeous! Pancetta is such a perfect topper.

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    Carrie @ bakeaholic mama — August 13, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    I just absolutely adore tomatoes as a pizza topper. They get so sweet when they roast on top. This looks great and I love that you used tortillas!

  3. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 13, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    I can’t wait to try this! Looks amazing!!! 🙂

  4. #
    Michelle — August 13, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    I love your pizza making equipment. I haven’t tried adding spinach to my pizza but I will try now

  5. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 13, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    what a great set of pizza equipment! and what a great recipe – mmmm, I want pizza for breakfast!

  6. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 13, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I haven’t made pizza in a while, this is inspiring! Love it!

  7. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 13, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    What a pretty pizza!! And a great set of tools too!

  8. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 13, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Ooh, this pizza looks great! I had already planned to post a pizza recipe on my blog on Thursday so i’ll have to link up, too. =)

  9. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 13, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    GORGEOUS photos!! I’d eat like 10 of them.

  10. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 13, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I always love spinach on my pizza! These look perfect!

  11. #

    Oh, that does look amazing. I have to admit that I’d sneak in some garlic, but I could probably eat the whole batch.

  12. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 13, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    i haven’t made pizza in foreverrrrrrrrrr but the simplicity of today’s pizza has me adding tortillas and mushrooms to my grocery list! and i love spinach salads – my favorite green leaf for a salad bed!

  13. #
    JulieD — August 13, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    I’m in love with this recipe…I have never made a salad pizza before and you’re motivating me to do so!!! xo

  14. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — August 13, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Beautiful! Great prize, great cause, great pizza. You’re the best 🙂

  15. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — August 13, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    The effort you and Ali have put forth to bring awareness to improving conditions for tomato farmers has been amazing! This is a beautiful pizza Cassie! I love a salad topped pizza…healthy, light and a refreshing change from the norm! : )

  16. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 13, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    Loving this recipe! I think you just helped me plan dinner tonight! 🙂

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 13, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    These little pizzas look great, Cassie! I’m a big fan of putting salad on top of pizzas!

  18. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 13, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Such a great pizza idea! That Chianti viniagrette sounds fantastic!

  19. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 13, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    So fun! This sounds delicious!

  20. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 13, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    This is genius, they’re almost like little salad tacos 🙂 Great post as usual!

  21. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 13, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Your pizza looks amazing! You don’t need to feel guilty about eating pizza when you have all those veggies on there!

  22. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 13, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    I love the mini pizzas! So individualized and perfect for a pizza party with friends!

  23. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — August 13, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    I am a sucker for homemade pizzas. We usually make them once a week. Chianti vinaigrette is amazing. Really amazing xoxo

  24. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 13, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Homemade pizza is my favorite! I love your salad twist 🙂 I wasn’t a big tomato lover as a kid either, but I’ve definitely come around to them more lately.

  25. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — August 13, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    That salad sounds fabulous and your pizza looks equally as delicious!

  26. #
    Anna — August 13, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    I love spinach salad and I love pizza! Best of both worlds 🙂

  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 13, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    This is combining my two favorite things – spinach salad and pizza! It’s such an amazing combo!

  28. #
    Ramona — August 14, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    This is such a beautiful and fresh way to eat pizza. I love eating pizza with fresh ingredients in the summer. Well done. 🙂

  29. #
    Winnie — August 14, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pizza…love the salad topping 🙂

  30. #
    Joanne — August 14, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    I once heard someone say that any good salad would also make for an awesome pizza. Obviously, it’s true! This looks delicious!

  31. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — August 14, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Um… absolutely love the pizza kit!! So cool!! I love putting spinach on my pizza – my husband thinks I’m nuts!! I’m excited to try this one!

  32. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — August 14, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    That looks like the perfect lunch! And a great way to use up summer veggies.

  33. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 14, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Looks great Cassie! And what a cool recipe exchange/giveaway! 🙂

  34. #
    Tiffany — August 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I love the action shot of the cheese crumbles! 😀

  35. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 14, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I would pay good money to eat these! 🙂

  36. #
    ashley — August 14, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Our family favorite has been bacon cheeseburger pizza. homemade curst, a tomato ketchup sauce, seasoned ground beef, diced onion, crumbled bacon, topped with a mix of motzarella and cheddar with pickes scatted on that. So yummy!

  37. #
    Liz — August 14, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Oh, boy, Cassie, these look amazing! This salad on a pizza must taste as terrific as it looks…and pizzas with tomatoes are my favorite kind 🙂

  38. #
    Chrissy — August 14, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    Ohhh man I love that there is a healthy dose of pancetta on this! Also, that is a very cool pizza kit 🙂

  39. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 14, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    I’ve been making pizza at least once a week all summer – trying to get my fill of all the gorgeous tomatoes while they last! I love how fresh and pretty your salad pizza is, Cassie! x

  40. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 14, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I love the mini size of these! Perfect.

  41. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — August 14, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I wouldn’t mind if you posted tomato recipes every day of the week – you’ve come up with some very impressive ideas that fit anyone’s palate! I love these little pizzas you’ve whipped up! Tomatoes and spinach are awesome together and putting them on a pizza sounds delicious and nutritious! Well done, lady!

  42. #
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 15, 2012 @ 1:38 am

    In a perfect world I’d have a wood burning outside pizza oven and all your fancy tools and I would have attended pizza school.

    Love this salad pizza!

  43. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 15, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    I love spinach salad and oh my goodness these pizzas are genius! Love them!

  44. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — August 15, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Goodness, how cute are those?!?

  45. #
    meatballs & milkshakes — August 15, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Yum! I want one of these right now!!

  46. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 15, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Pizza is definitely one of my all time favorite meals. This one looks so refreshing and just delicious! And I love all things mini, so these look even better 😀

  47. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 16, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    what an incredible pizza topping! it’s making my mouth water!

  48. #
    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — August 16, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Where’d you get those tortillas? They look way too full — are they regular tortillas?

    What a fun giveaway! It would get PLENTY of use in our house! My favorite pizza changes all the time, but right now I can’t beat a whole wheat crust topped with a spicy red sauce, poblano peppers, pineapple, seitan and just a little daiya cheese. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — August 16th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      Hey Bobbie! They are the regular tortillas from Trader Joe’s…they have white flour and whole wheat varieties and we love them. I don’t even remember the last time I bought a different brand of tortillas. They are so fluffy!!

  49. #
    nik — August 16, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Thanks for the recipe…spinach, mushrooms and pecans sounds perfect! Our latest favorite recipe is mini pizza cones. We use tortilla circles, rolled into a cone shape and pinned with a toothpick. Set in a rack, fill to your heart’s content with mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, olives…whatever your favorite toppings, herbs and spices are. Make sure the rack is on a baking sheet to catch any drippage. Bake at 350 for 6-10 minutes. Remove the toothpicks and serve! Great fun for kids, or go small and gourmet and you’ve got delicious appetizers. You can easily add cheddar and peppers for a Mexican version too. 🙂

  50. #
    Shaina — August 20, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    I need this pizza in my life. The set there looks so cool. I love that rocking pizza cutter.

  51. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 21, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Yum! This looks amazing, Cassie!

  52. #
    Angie — August 21, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    This is the kind of pizza I love, it’s perfect!

  53. #
    Rachel — August 24, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    I love pizza! I’ve never tried making a pizza on a tortilla, but I have made it with a garlic naan and it was delicious! Your pizza sounds fantastic!


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