5 Healthy Homemade Pizza Recipes
Hold the phone. Before you dial up Domino's Pizza (or worse: Text a pizza emoji to order!), consider some healthier, equally delicious alternatives to your cheesy, doughy, marinara-soaked favorite. Meyer lemon and pine nuts may sound like surprising pizza ingredients, but trust us, they are decadently good. In fact, we're willing to bet that you won't be able to scroll through these five food blogger–approved recipes without getting the urge to plan a pizza night for dinner this week. Whether you opt to make your own dough or pick up a premade base, these delicious toppings will make you want to preheat your oven right now.
Skip delivery—read on for five of our favorite healthy homemade pizzas.
Brussels Sprout Mushroom Pizza With Crispy Prosciutto and Sage
The Standout Ingredient: The apple butter adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the saltiness of the prosciutto and the richness of the caramelized mushrooms.
The Pro Tip: "Loaded with in-season Brussels sprouts and mushrooms and even a hint of hidden apple flavors," this pizza features the best of fall's bounty, according to Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Spicy Vegan White Pizza With Broccoli Rabe and Truffle Cream
The Standout Ingredient: The creamy white bean sauce. Made with white beans, truffle oil, and garlic, this white sauce is completely vegan, and it's unlike any other white sauce you've had on pizza before.
The Pro Tip: "Carefully transfer [your] stretched dough to the parchment, restretch/shape it a bit, and then cut a tiny parchment border around the dough circle with a little pull tab on one side for transferring to the peel," advises Laura of The First Mess. "There isn't enough parchment exposed that you'll get burnt paper, and it makes the process so much cleaner."
Whole Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
The Recipe: Whole Wheat Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
The Standout Ingredient: The lemon slices. When roasted in the oven, the fresh citrus develops a depth of flavor that adds a richness to each slice of pizza.
The Pro Tip: "Top the pizza off with a ton of microgreens (my favorite topping for almost everything) and fresh basil," advises Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Pizza With Braised Lentils, Hot Smoked Salmon, and Pea Puree
The Standout Ingredients: The braised lentils and the smoked salmon. While the flavor pairing might sound odd, "the earthiness of the lentils with the slight oiliness of the fish and the freshness of the peas are just the most fantastic combination," assures Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen.
The Pro Tip: "I made these using homemade pizza bases, but bought ones would be totally fine too," says Sarah.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Spicy Chickpeas
The Recipe: Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Spicy Chickpeas
The Standout Ingredient: In lieu of pepperoni, Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest came up with a genius vegetarian-friendly topping for this pizza that even carnivores will love: Spicy chickpeas.
The Pro Tip: After ricing your cauliflower in a food processor, "dump it [onto] a clean lightweight kitchen towel, and ring out all that extra water," directs Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Now add the cauliflower to a bowl with an egg, some cheese, and some salt. Mix, place it on a baking sheet, and pat it into a pizza shape."
Take Pizza Night to the Next Level
This story was originally published on August 15, 2014, and has since been updated.