Caprese Pizza – Everything you love about Caprese Salad as a pizza! Made with pesto, tomatoes, red onions, and fresh basil, then topped with a cheesy blanket of mozzarella. Drizzle with balsamic reduction for a delicious finish!
Have I professed my love of all things caprese to y’all before? If not then today’s the day. 🙂
I’ve only dabbled here or there with it in terms of recipes. I usually like to just eat good ole caprese salad, maybe with some avocados thrown in. I’ve made it with crackers as the base, and that was a really yummy, easy appetizer.
The flavors in caprese salad are just so so good. Basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic. Hard to beat.
After thinking about it for awhile, I came up with the idea for a Caprese Pizza! It’s probably been done somewhere before, but I decided to give it my own personal go-at-it, and I was super happy with the final product.
I started with some store-bought pizza dough, but you could totally use homemade. We are dabbling with paleo here at our house, so I’m thinking I will try this again once I find a paleo pizza dough that I like. I made one from almond meal last week that was really unappetizing, so that’s still a work in progress. If you have any good paleo pizza dough recipes, please send them my way!
I used a pesto sauce base, which added so much yummy flavor to the pizza. Pesto and pizza really go hand-in-hand, y’all!
Next I added some mozzarella, followed by sliced grape tomatoes, fresh basil, sliced red onions, and a tad more cheese. I popped it all in the oven for about 12 minutes, and then promptly began to devour it. 😉
Seriously y’all, this pizza is crazy good, crazy easy, and crazy fast! This was ready in less than 20 minutes. My kind of dinner. 😉
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough, (or homemade)
- 1/3 cup prepared pesto
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 large handful of fresh basil leaves
- 6-7 large grape tomatoes,, sliced
- 1/2 red onion,, sliced
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven according to pizza dough directions (mine was 425 degrees).
- Pour balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pan and place over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until balsamic vinegar reduces and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile roll out pizza dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread pesto evenly over the dough, then top with 1 cup cheese, the basil, tomatoes, and red onion. Sprinkle with remaining half cup of cheese.
- Bake pizza in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and slice. Drizzle balsamic reduction over each slice before serving. Enjoy!
I love all the freshness on that pizza it looks divine I would eat that whole thing myself!
This is my kind of pizza! So simple yet so good and packed with flavour!
Homemade pizza, steaming hot from the oven – very difficult to resist.
Such wonderful classic flavours and I love the idea of them topping a pizza, absolute perfection!
I love all things caprese too. And this pizza looks amazing! The ingredients are so beautiful and colorful.
I am drooling! This pizza sounds amazing right now. This might need to happen this weekend…
Gosh this pizza is all sorts of gorgeous! I just love it! Pinned!
This has to be one of the most beautiful pizzas I’ve ever seen! I love caprese flavors and that balsamic drizzle – DROOL!
I am SOOO obsessed with this pizza! Love the layers…and love that balsamic drizzle! Pinned!
I love pizza and this one looks amazing, but I confess, it is that balsamic drizzle that has put me over the top in love.
The most gorgeous pizza ever.
Ashlyn, this pizza is out of this world!! Looks WAY better than pizza from the pizza man!
I love the idea of using store bought dough so that you can put this together super fast on a weeknight! And that balsamic drizzle… yum!
Such a fresh and delicious pizza idea, Ashlyn!