Zucchini Ribbon Pizza

Dinner, Pizza

This pizza is delicious. Like, really delicious. I think you should make it. And then I think you should take the next logical step and eat it…just don’t go eating it and then go shopping for a bathing suit, ’cause that’s just an awful idea.

I know it’s an awful idea because that’s just what I did. From said horrific shopping experience, I have a few ideas on how to make buying “outside underwear” a little more tolerable.

Rule 1: Don’t go to a place that rhymes with Schmorever 21 and expect bathing suits to fit well. They’re $7 for a reason.

Rule 2: Get “dressed” to go shopping. By “dressed” I mean put on some makeup, brush your hair. Look, you’re gonna be super annoying and overly self-critical, so at least look your very best. It helps.

Rule 3: American Apparel swimsuits are all a lil’ slutty looking. I think that’s the point. Sadface.

Rule 4: Like seriously, don’t go trying on swimsuits after a big meal. It’s just a sucky idea. Even if you don’t look full, you feel full. Just ugh.

Rule 5: Basically, don’t go to stores to try on swimsuits. Period. Buy them on a credit card and try them on at home and returns the ones that don’t work. Lesson learned.

For some reason, though stores have been selling clothes for, like, hundreds of years, most of them still haven’t figured out flattering dressing room lighting. WHY? It really can’t be THAT difficult. I mean, they put people on the moon…and have, like, multiple times.

*Annnnd, end swimsuit rant*

I love pizza. And I really love this pizza.

This pizza you see pictured combines two awesome things: normal pizza with cheese and sauce and a zucchini ribbon salad.

I just like ribbons. I dunno. They’re just so pretty! All you need is a regular ol’ vegetable peeler. I like this one–it’s $4!

The ribbons are tossed in a simple vinaigrette.

Pine nuts are toasted until lightly brown.

Parmesan is peeled into pretty ribbons, too.

At the 15-minute mark, you’re going to add the zucchini and place the pizza back in the oven just until the zucchini s nice and warm. Top it with the toasted pine nuts and Parmesan.


Serve it with some cold wine. Or beer. Sit outside. Look adorable. You know the drill…

And enjoy the long weekend.

Zucchini Ribbon Pizza

Print this recipe!

10-ounce pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
3 tablespoons tomato sauce (I personally like this one!)
3 ounces mozzarella (low-moisture), thinly sliced
1 large zucchini, ribboned (using a vegetable peeler)
1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 shallot, minced
Salt and Pepper
1 ounce Parmesan Reggiano, peeled
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

1. Make your pizza dough or grab your store-bought pizza dough. (If I’m strapped for time, I like to go to a local pizza shop near my house and pick up prepared dough. They sell it for $3!)

2. Preheat your oven to 475 F degrees. Stretch out your pizza dough into a thin 10-inch circle (if it’s not a perfect circle, no biggie; we’ll call it “rustic”). Place the dough onto baking sheet that’s been lightly dusted with cornmeal. This will prevent it from sticking. (My pizza stone broke as of recently so if you’re using one you obviously won’t be putting it on a baking sheet. Do your thing!)

3. Add the tomato sauce to the center of the pizza dough, spreading it evenly. Arrange the cheese over the tomato sauce. Mozzarella melts and spreads like crazy so don’t put too much. Transfer the pizza to the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges of the pizza are golden brown.

4. Meanwhile, grab the zucchini, cut off the ends and using a vegetable peeler, slice the zucchini longways, creating “ribbons.” Set aside.

5. In a medium bowl, add red wine vinegar and using a whisk, slowly add the olive oil until it emulsifies. Add the Dijon mustard, minced shallot and mix until combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss the zucchini with the dressing until lightly coated.

5. Open the oven and carefully place the zucchini mixture atop the pizza. Bake for an additional 1-2 minutes, until zucchini is warm. Top the pizza with pine nuts and shavings of Parmesan. Serve immediately with cold wine or beer–it’s a must!

Yields 1 12-inch pizza

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  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 25, 2012 at 2:30 am

    What an intriguing pizza topping! Yum! I agree 100% with the awful lighting in dressing rooms comment! I was thinking about it while reading the rules, so it was a relief to see it written! I can try and look my best, but I will never look good enough for dressing rooms… Sigh.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 25, 2012 at 4:00 am

    So delicious! And unique! Great idea 🙂

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 25, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I adore zucchini ribbons! This pizza looks great!

  • Reply Blog is the New Black May 25, 2012 at 4:57 am

    ADORE this idea!

  • Reply Maria May 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

    This pizza looks amazing! I am a fan of veggie pizzas and I love zuchinni! Definitely going to try this!
    Oh, and I totally share your points on bikini shopping..it’s the worst.

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I tend to avoid bathing suit shopping in general. Eating this pizza, though, I will not avoid. It looks amazing!!

  • Reply Carolyn Y. May 25, 2012 at 6:47 am

    YES to zucchini ribbons. They’re the best! Also, wouldn’t this be awesome with some ricotta in place of half the mozzarella?

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet May 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

    gorgeous! i had a pizza w butternut squash at stella rossa in santa monica and the texture really made a difference!

  • Reply Running from the Runs May 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

    This looks awesome! I will definitely have to try this one!

  • Reply Alexa May 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Bahaha. Your swimsuit experience extravaganza is cracking me up….I have avoided the task the past couple years but recently moved and left all my suits behind….. I am going to try TJ maxx though..friends have said good things.

    AND your pizza looks delicious. I don’t know how to function without ribboned vegetables. 😉

  • Reply Amy May 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I love the idea of zucchini ribbons – so elegant. This looks amazing. All of these new recipes call for different forms of squash on pizza – I think I know what I’ll be indulging in throughout the holiday weekend!

    mon amy

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  • Reply [email protected] May 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

    What a great idea! Looks amazing!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition May 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I looove zucchini ribbons! Also, shaved asparagus. Pretty much I just have a really close relationship with my veggie peeler.

  • Reply Reformed Foodie May 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Nice flavor profile – love this idea;)

    And bathing suit shopping sucks hard. No matter what.

  • Reply Hannah @ All-Purpose and Semi-Sweet May 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Definitely going to use this to jazz up my next pizza night! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks May 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Holy Lord in the heavens, yes.

  • Reply Margarita May 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Yum! All these toppings sound so good… I can eat so many slices of this and not feel bloated! Also, I hear you on swimsuit shopping. Have you ever checked out Popina? It’s a swimwear brand that is made by a local fashion designer in Portland… I so wanted to check out their store but got sidetracked by the food carts and didn’t have time to venture into the store.

  • Reply Sophie May 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Yeow, this sounds amazing! I have a bunch of zucchini — I need this pizza. TONITE. Thank you.

    Loved your Rules on Swimsuit Buying. Hilariously, I was just in the Target dressing room yesterday for this torture. The main reason I left empty-handed was the prices — even the clearance prices! Really? I think I am sticking with the suit I wore last year. And the year before, and the year before….

  • Reply Margherita May 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I just realized, I never tried your homemade pizza dough…will do that tomorrow!!!

  • Reply Blondie May 26, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Amen, sister. Even when I’m feeling “skinny”, bathing suit shopping is torture. I haven’t bought a new bathing suit since my honeymoon in 2003!

  • Reply Lynna H. May 26, 2012 at 2:51 am

    sounds like a refreshing pizza! 🙂

  • Reply Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes May 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Love this pizza, the ribbons make it look healthy and fresh. You make me laugh.

  • Reply Monique May 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I am almost certain that the zucchini counteracts the cheese and dough. In fact I KNOW that this pizza must have like negative calories. This is going to be my new diet food.

  • Reply hat methi May 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    this cake very good. This pizza looks great!

  • Reply Alicia @ Treble Tart May 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I would not have thought to use zucchini ribbons on a pizza! I love it! 🙂

  • Reply Anna @ the shady pine May 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I am loving zuchinni at the moment as it’s in season. What a great way to have it on a pizza!

  • Reply Pizza Specials May 29, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Pizza made only from the finest ingredients! This sounds heavenly!

  • Reply Adina May 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I adore this post. Let’s be real – trying on a bathing suit even within the comfort of my own home is not the most exciting of activities. I think I’ll get it done quickly and then reward myself with some of this.

  • Reply Maggie May 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    omgsh you make my “monday” so much more enjoyable. Even though its Tuesday, I love coming back to a bunch of new posts [and advice] Number 5 is my favorite.. rules for life.

    friday night is always pizza night at my place so new pizza recipes are always fantastic. grazie bella.

  • Reply Rosemaryandthegoat May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The zucchini pizza is a very interesting idea. I just did one a few blogs ago with a phyllo crust.

    • Reply Adrianna May 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Oooo…I like this idea.

  • Reply Tasha @Tashasdish May 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Looks so yum, we are going to have a lot of zucchini from our garden this year, so I will have to put recipe to good use

  • Reply Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog June 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Just stumbled upon your adorable blog! So many recipes look delicious. I’m definitely going to try the baked string bean fries, and maybe this one too. Keep sharing!

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  • Reply Jeniece September 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    When I was describing this recipe to friends, they all just said “that sounds weird.” Admittedly, it does sound a little odd, but it is SO good! I love zucchini, I love pizza, I love cheese and I love pine nuts so this was a great combo for my taste buds. My only substitution was using 1/2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar because we didn’t have any. The flavours were very unique and I had half of the pizza to myself because it was so good. A+ recipe!

  • Reply Lindsay June 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I love this pizza. I make pizza at home a lot and this is my by far my favorite. I dream about it all winter until zucchinis are back in season. I never would have thought of this wonderful combination, so thank you!!!

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    I love pizza! thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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