Easy, Healthy Margherita Pizza

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on October 10, 2009

I love a great, simple pizza. When we were in Italy – the Margherita Pizza was one of our favorites! Of course – it’s an indulgent meal since it usually has very little fiber (white flour for the pizza dough) and is high in fat (full fat mozzarella + olive oil). So – I decided to recreate the recipe at home and make it a lot healthier!  Recipe is below – enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Fresh whole wheat pizza dough (Trader Joe’s is my favorite – but I’m sure you can find it at any health food store)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 Tsp olive oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (if you can find a good low fat variety, mix half of that with half of the full fat version)
  • 1-5 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (basically, use this to taste – if you are a huge balsamic fan, put more, if not – put less 🙂 )
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Directions

1. Spread the whole wheat dough on a pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes (until the crust starts to puff up). When you pull it out of the oven, it looks like this:

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2. Brush crust with 1 tsp olive oil, sprinkle minced garlic evenly over the crust.

3. Top with sliced tomatoes until entire crust is covered, leaving a half inch border. It will look like this:

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4. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes (until cheese / crust starts to become golden)

5. Remove from oven, sprinkle pizza evenly with sliced basil. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over pizza. Cut and serve!

Finished pizza, sprinkled with basil

Finished pizza, sprinkled with basil

With balsamic vinegar

With balsamic vinegar

Nutritional Information (approximate – per slice):

Calories: 150-175

Fiber: ~4g

Protein: ~8-10g

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

lailablogs October 11, 2009 at 5:40 am

Looks delicious ..
Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

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Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Lovely sounding recipe and pictures. Sometimes simple really is best.

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anjalim October 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Thank you! Glad you like it 🙂

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diabetic pizza January 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

cool dish! It makes me hungry reading your blog..

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elizabeth June 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

i have made this recipe three times so far and it is absolute perfection!

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anjalim June 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

so glad to hear that 🙂

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Allison January 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

I am going to make this tonight! Hope mine turns out as good as yours!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Awesome!! I’m sure it will turn out to be just as delicious 🙂 Enjoy!

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Rebekah pullara September 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

So happy I found your website! Looking forward to milking this pizza tonight. Will be back for more healthy ways to cook the things we love

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Thanks Rebekah! It’s so nice to meet you! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how this pizza turned out for you – hope you enjoy the rest of my recipes as well!

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Tracey August 1, 2015 at 9:55 am

Do you need to use flour to keep it from sticking when you roll the dough out?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hi Tracey! Yes I’d definitely recommend using a bit of flour on the surface you’re rolling the dough out so it doesn’t stick. Hope that helps!

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