Healthy eaters take note: pizza needn't be relegated to the "junk food" category any longer. Fresh tomato sauce, heaping handfuls of freshly dressed spinach, and a delicate draping of tangy ricotta salata are all you need to craft this killer pie. Haven't come across ricotta salata? It's the tangier, semi-firm version of the creamy, fresh cheese you know as ricotta. Pressed and salted, it's best used with a light hand.
This week: Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Ricotta Salata and Fruit Popsicles from the Freezer department pair up for a light summer supper.
Photo by Tricia Martin
MAKE: Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Ricotta Salata
Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Ricotta Salata by Whole Foods Market
Serves 2 to 4
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
4 large basil leaves, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 large pre-baked pizza crust, such as 365 Everyday Value Organic pizza crust
2 ounces ricotta salata , shaved into shards with a vegetable peeler
1/4 pound baby spinach
BUY: Fruit Popsicles from the Freezer department
How would you make this pizza your own? Would you make smaller, individual pizzas using round pita breads, or use another tender green instead of spinach? Do you have some Pecorino Romano lying around, ready to fill in for the ricotta salata? Share your ideas for customizing this recipe in the comments section below!