Recipe ReDux: Farmers Market BLT & Avocado Chopped Salad Pizza

Farmers Market BLT & Avocado Pizza SaladThis Farmers Market BLT and Avocado Chopped Salad Pizza is a deliciously healthy way to throw a pizza party!

What do you think when you hear the words, Pizza Party!!!?

Do you think (A) high carb, cheesy, greasy, {delicious} feast?

Or do you think (B), fun, healthy, veggie loaded, {delicious} feast?

If you picked the first one…I hear ya’!

And, I see no problem with indulging in an occasional slice of A, but, if your goal is to eat a little healthier this year, I think you will also be pleasantly surprised by choice B as well.

The reason for this pizza party???

The Recipe ReDux of course!

And, this month’s challenge was to give the delivery guy {or gal} a night off, and come up with our own healthy pizza creation…

Pizza Party! Give the delivery guy a day off; whether it is for Friday Fun Night with the kids, a pizza chef competition among friends, or for Super Bowl Sunday (February 2). Share your healthy pizza recipe that we can all look forward to after a long week…or a long day.

Pizza night is a favorite tradition in our house, because you can pretty much make it your own.

Kids aren’t craving salad on their pizza?

No problem!

Put out the toppings THEY love {sliced black olives anyone??} and let them go to town with their own pizza party creation, while you load yours up with whatever healthy goodies your body is craving right now!

I’ve had lots of fun creating my own share of yummy pizza creations including this Chinese Eggplant & Bell Pepper Pizza with Cheddar & Fresh Herbs, , this Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions, this Dandelion Greens & Sausage Pizza, and this Thai Chicken Pizza.

I love em’ all, but this time I wanted to create something a little different, and a little lighter as many of us are still recovering from our holiday over indulgences.

Not me of course :-)

Is my nose growing???

Hence, this BLT & Avocado Chopped Salad Pizza, loaded with good for you, in season, farmer’s market veggies, creamy avocado, and a healthy smattering of bacon.

Yes.

I do think healthy and bacon can be used in the same sentence together.

Especially when it’s the supporting character in a salad made up of heaps of gorgeous veggies…

Farmers Market Veggies

Don’t eat bacon?

No problem!

Just add something else to the mix.  Chickpeas…pine nuts….fresh mozzarella…

And for that matter, if the veggies in MY chopped salad aren’t appearing in your own farmers market, or aren’t to your linking, by all means, use your own favorite veggies instead!

This is YOUR Famer’s Market Chopped Salad Pizza after all :-)

Here’s the easy recipe… {Gluten-Free, omit bacon for a vegan version}

Farmers Market BLT & Avocado Chopped Salad Pizza

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 pizza salad

Throw a healthy pizza party with the Farmers Market BLT and Avocado Chopped Pizza Salad! This pizza is quite delicious as is, but feel free to get creative in the kitchen and add your own favorite, seasonal veggies, or substitute the bacon with a vegetarian alternative such as chickpeas, pine nuts, or fresh mozzarella. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup golden balsamic vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 2 cups chopped hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups sliced grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon ~8 slices
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped radicchio
  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced and chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup dressing {above}
  • Pizza
  • 2 pre-baked pizza crusts, or bake your own {I used a frozen, pre-baked Udi's Gluten-Free Crust}
  • 4 cups chopped salad, divided {above}

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by combining the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a jar, and shake until well combined. Set aside until ready to use. Note: you will have extra dressing left over.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and put the bacon, layered in a glass dish between paper towels, in a microwave oven to cook for approximately 12 minutes, or until crisp. {You may also cook the bacon in a frying pan on the stove}.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, start chopping all the veggies into small pieces, and place in a large salad bowl. Next chop up the avocado and add to the veggie mixture. Once the bacon has finished cooking, crumble it up, and add it as well. Pour ~ 1.4 cup dressing on top and toss well.
  4. Place the pizza crusts on the middle rack of the oven and heat for approximately 5 minutes {or according to your own pizza crust directions.} Remove crusts from the oven, and top each crust with half {~ 4 cups} of the chopped salad mixture. Slice in quarters, and serve 2 quarters to each person.
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Farmers Market BLT & Avocado Chopped Salad & Pizza

Farmers Market BLT & Avocado Chopped Pizza Salad

What would you put on YOUR Farmers Market Chopped Pizza???

And, be sure and check out all the yummy pizza creations from my Recipe ReDux friends!

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Comments

  1. I would top with more fennel. Fennel is my fave veggie (right now!) and I’d lots of it plus BACON plus pretty much everything else you did. It looks so amazing. I never think of salad pizza, but my kids would love…and what a great way to freshen up pizza night!

  2. This looks amazing! Seriously! Salad pizzas are an all time favorite and chopped salads are even better! Thanks for the sans bacon tip :)

  3. Oh you’ve hit it out of the pizza park with this baby! (And a recipe that I can use the radishes I always get in my CSA and never know what to do with them.) This pizza is like a breath of Cali sunshine that us stuck in the polar vortex desperately need right now.

  4. Yes, please. I want this for lunch today!

  5. Oh my goodness, that’s my kind of pizza! It looks ole a lot of fun to eat, great idea. X

  6. What an awesome idea! I am down with the rocket/arugula thing, and fresh tomatoes and avocado, but not actual salad. Right now our farmer’s market is all winter veg but I will definitely be trying this when it is warmer. Lovely!

  7. Goodness! This is fabulous! Chopped salads are my favorite and on top of a nice thin crust is the perfect vessel to scoop it into my mouth. So many options, I would add olives for the salt factor I always crave ;)

  8. EA… you have left me speechless with this one. It looks sooooooooo good!

  9. This looks AMAZING!!! And I love that you provide subs for non-bacon eaters :)

  10. I love how this pizza is customizable and packed with produce! I could use a slice of this right now (especially since it’s 5 degrees outside – yikes!).

  11. YUM!
    I love chopped salads and I love pizza so this recipe is a win win! I love how fresh it looks!!
    I missed this challenge but am so inspired by all the deliciousness I have been seeing! :)

  12. This sounds delicious! I’ll have to try Udi’s gluten-free pizza crust.

  13. What a fun pizza EA – love the chopped salad topping – I could eat that all by itself!

  14. OH yum!! Move away choice A. You are no match for the fresh, healthy, veggie-loaded choice B! 2 quarters only? I think I may just have to indulge and double the serving size ;). I would maybe add some arugula for that extra oomph! Thank you so much for a brilliant idea, EA! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! We actually had snow here in Texas!! We all didn’t know what to do with ourselves and my poor miniature schnauzer, Kona, refused to go outside to do his business..I had to lay down a pad for him haha. He is high maintenance..

  15. fun love BLTs ;-)

  16. This pizza looks absolutely delish! I know my husband would love it as much as I would.
    Thank you for sharing!

    It’s great to see dietitian’s taking the blogging world by storm. Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to fellow RD’s like myself. I recently began blogging for my bridal weight loss business. Check it out online: http://www.theprincessprescription.com/apps/blog/

  17. oh. yum. i lurve chopped salads!!! and on a pizza crust… perfection. man, i wish i had this in front of me right now. (& gorgeous photos as usual!!)

  18. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I like the way you think, a healthy veggie-full salad pizza sounds good to me!

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