Greek Salad Puff Pastry Pizza
This is a puff pastry pizza recipe we "invented" on a lazy weekend. We love baking homemade pizzas on weekends, but sometimes we simply can't seem to have enough energy, after a busy week.
We're also Greek and of course love a traditional Greek salad. So the simplest solution was to put our favorite salad ingredients on top of puff pastry...creating the "Greek Salad" pizza!
This pizza is fresh and quick and it's perfect for a light and healthy meal. But it's not one of those pizzas that leave you unsatisfied in terms of taste. It's delicious and filling, making it the perfect choice for kids as well! Since we used only vegetables and cheese and avoided any cured meats, this is also a vegetarian dish you can enjoy without any guilt. It's low in calories and rich in taste!
This recipe is actually one of the simplest, fastest you can use. Just grab your favorite puff pastry dough (you can also use any pizza dough as well if you prefer a more traditional pizza), add the wonderful Mediterranean toppings and simply put it in the oven!
For this pizza we used some yellow classic mozzarella as the base, to create a wonderful layer between the crust and the toppings which will prevent the moisture from reaching down to the dough.
On top of the cheese, we added all the ingredients of an authentic (Horiatiki) Greek salad; except cucumbers. We added tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, Kalamata olives, dry oregano, sea salt, good quality feta, and extra virgin olive oil. For this recipe, we prefer to use cherry tomatoes (even though an authentic Greek salad has always wedges of regular tomatoes). We enjoy how those little tomatoes look and taste on our pizza. And we avoided using cucumbers as we didn't want the moisture they bring, plus they wouldn't add much to a pizza taste-wise. We also used yellow onion instead of the classic red one, because it tastes better cooked.
The result is a golden fluffy crust with a fresh cheesy taste, full of aroma from the pepper and the oregano. Drizzle with some extra olive oil and serve!
- 700g/8oz pizza pastry, or any pastry you wish
- 100g/3.5oz (1 medium) yellow onion
- 300g/10.5oz cherry tomatoes
- 100g/3.5oz (1 medium) green bell pepper
- 70g/4.6oz (12 olives), Kalamata olives
- 200g/7oz grated mozzarella cheese
- 200g/7oz real (sheep) feta cheese
- a little extra virgin olive oil
Slice the tomatoes in halves. Cut the onion and the peppers in thin slices. Remove the seeds from the olives and cut them in quarters. (pic.1).
Place the puff pastry on a lined with parchment wired rack, baking sheet or pan. Make sure you thawed the dough if using frozen.This part is optional, but we prefer to cut the dough in two parts (pic.2). This makes serving & cutting a bit easier (we remind you, this is a lazy pizza!).
Spread the mozzarella in a straight line at the middle of each piece of dough, leaving a bit of space around the edges. Add the onion, the pepper slices, the olives and the tomato halves and sprinkle with the oregano and a little salt (pic.3). Don't add too much because you’ll also add the feta which is salty.
Add the feta, crumbled by hand (pic.4). Drizzle with olive oil (pic.5).
Bake in the middle rack in preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius / 390 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes (time depends on the dough type; just keep an eye after 20 minutes of baking and remove when the crust is golden and fluffy).
Allow it to cool for a couple of minutes before serving-if you can. :)
You can also use any pizza dough you prefer if you don’t like puff pastry that much. In this case the baking time is different; it will take at least 25-30 minutes to bake the pizza.