Quinoa-Crusted, Pear-Arugula & Pomegranate Salad-Pizza
What you will need:
1/3 Bosc Pear, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoons brown sugar
3 large handfuls of arugula, washed and dried
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese
1/3 whole wheat pizza dough, already prepared
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
Makes 1 -7" inch personal pizza
How to prepare:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a wooden cutting board, baking sheet or counter top, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour. With your hands, kneed the pizza dough with the quinoa and form a 7-inch circle (the quinoa does not have to be totally incorporated into the dough, but rather just coated on the outside). Place dough on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add onions and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add pears and sauté for another 4 minutes. Add brown sugar and mix until all ingredients are evenly coated.
Turn off heat and add arugula and balsamic vinegar to the hot pan and toss until evenly coated. The arugula will welt just a little bit.
Once pizza crust is done cooking, add arugula-salad mixture to the crust. Finish by sprinkling goat cheese and pomegranate seeds. Cut into four pieces and enjoy.
Time Saving Tip: Skip the heat and make a cold salad-pizza; Combine the arugula, raw onions, pears, goat cheese and pomegranate seeds into a large bowl. Make the dressing in a separate bowl by whisking together the olive oil, vinegar and brown sugar. Drizzle onto the arugula salad mixture, toss and transfer onto the pizza crust.
What's special about this recipe: Other than being incredibly delicious, this recipe has many nutritional highlights. Quinoa adds additional fiber and high quality protein. Because there is less cheese and no sauce, this salad pizza has less fat and sodium. Lastly, this recipe is loaded with antioxidants and fiber thanks to the leafy greens, pears and pomegranate seeds.