Make a “Salad-Pizza” for a Healthier Twist

"Healthy" may not be the first thing you think of when you think about pizza. In fact, most pizzeria pies are made with refined wheat flour, salty sauces and high-fat cheeses and meats. Instead of ordering an unhealthy version, try making your own.

Let's Start with the Dough

Although making homemade dough can be easy, buying a premade uncooked pizza dough is a huge time-saving swap. Look for premade whole-wheat pizza dough made with 100-percent whole-wheat flour. The recipe below incorporates even more whole grains by kneading cooked quinoa into the dough. This step adds fiber, a little extra protein and a nice crunch.

Pile on the Veggies

I like to replace a standard, salty tomato sauce with a "salad-pizza" topping of olive oil, caramelized onions and Bosc pears. Tweet this Instead of piling on highly caloric cheese and meat toppings, get your flavor from spicy arugula, juicy pomegranate seeds and a sprinkle of rich crumbled goat cheese.

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Recipe by Nicole Hallissey, RDN, CDN


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 ounces whole-wheat pizza dough
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ⅓ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ Bosc Pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 large handfuls arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Sprinkle all-purpose flour on a wooden cutting board, baking sheet or countertop. With your hands, knead whole-wheat pizza dough with quinoa (the quinoa does not have to be totally incorporated, but should be just coated on the outside of the dough). Form a 9-inch circle. Place dough on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and pear and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add brown sugar and mix until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  6. Turn off heat and add arugula to pan. Add balsamic vinegar and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Once pizza crust is done baking, remove from oven. Top with arugula "salad" mixture.
  8. Sprinkle pizza with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds. Serves 2.
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Nicole Hallissey, RDN, CDN, is the Worksite Wellness Nutritionist. Connect with her on Snapchat (@worksitewellnes), Instagram and Facebook.