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Blue Cheese & Spinach Pizz'alad

  • 1 h 10 m
  • 2 h 10 m
Hilary Meyer
“Cobb salad meets pizza in this summery pizza salad recipe. The salad in this pizz'alad recipe, made with spinach, corn and blue cheese soaked in a bacon-spiked tomato vinaigrette, is so yummy you may decide just to make it on its own once you've tried it. We love a full-flavored blue cheese like Maytag on this pizza, but a milder blue cheese is also nice and will let some of the other flavors shine through a little more. Using bread flour gives the pizza crust a crisp and sturdy structure, but all-purpose flour works well in its place. For a gluten-free pizza crust variation, see Tips.”

Ingredients

    • Whole-Grain Pizza Dough
    • ⅔ cup lukewarm water
    • 1 teaspoon instant or RapidRise yeast
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1¼ cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
    • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour (see Tips) or all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • Topping & Salad
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives or scallions
    • 3 slices bacon, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
    • 1 large tomato, cut in half, divided
    • 3 cups baby spinach
    • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
    • 2 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped

Directions

  • 1 To prepare pizza dough: Stir water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl; let stand until the yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in bread flour (or all-purpose flour), whole-wheat flour (or all-purpose flour) and salt until the dough begins to come together.
  • 2 Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, mix the dough in a food processor. Process until it forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.) Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat.
  • 3 Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel; set aside in a warm, draft-free place until the dough has nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • 4 To bake pizza and prepare topping & salad: Position rack in lower third of oven, place a pizza stone on the rack and preheat oven to 500°F. Let the stone heat at 500 degrees for 20 minutes. Want to grill your pizza instead? See Tips below.
  • 5 Roll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12- to 14-inch circle (depending on the size of your stone). Transfer to a lightly floured pizza peel (or inverted baking sheet).
  • 6 Brush the dough with oil and sprinkle with ¼ cup blue cheese and chives (or scallions). Slide the pizza onto the hot stone. Bake until golden and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 7 Meanwhile, cook bacon in a small skillet over medium heat until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon bits to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar and mustard.
  • 8 Stand a box grater up in the pan; shred one tomato half through the large holes; stir to combine the tomato juice with the dressing. (Discard tomato skin.) Transfer 2 tablespoons of the dressing to a small bowl.
  • 9 Chop the remaining tomato half and toss in a large bowl with spinach, corn, eggs, the remaining ¼ cup cheese and the remaining dressing.
  • 10 When the pizza is done, transfer to a large cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle the reserved dressing over the pizza. Mound the salad in the middle and serve immediately.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare dough through Step 2, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Or tightly wrap unrisen dough in oiled plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Let refrigerated (or previously froze
  • Equipment: Pizza stone
  • Tips: Try using white whole-wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour. It's made from a white variety of wheat, light in color and flavor but with the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. Look for it in supermarkets, natural-foods stores or online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.
  • We made and enjoyed a gluten-free pizza crust using King Arthur Flour's gluten-free bread mix. To order, visit kingarthurflour.com.
  • To make this pizza on the grill instead, preheat grill to medium-high. Slide the rolled-out pizza dough onto the grill rack; close the lid. Cook until lightly puffed and browned on the bottom, 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, charred-side up. Spread on toppings from Step 6. Return to grill, close lid and cook until browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes.
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