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.

Pretty!

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 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 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 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 Pizza Specials May 29, 2012 at 1:13 am

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

  • 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 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! πŸ™‚

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

    this cake very good. This pizza looks great!

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

    sounds like a refreshing pizza! πŸ™‚

  • 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 Margherita May 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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

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

    Holy Lord in the heavens, yes.

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