Tomato Basil Feta Pizza

It’s come to my attention that I am seriously lacking pizza recipes on my website. I was looking back at recipes the other day and only found one pizza recipe! For crying out loud, what is wrong with me! It’s not like I don’t have a deep love for the food and it’s not like I don’t find myself making it every other week, so why haven’t I shared more recipes for it?! Well that’s all about to change, starting with this Tomato Basil Feta Pizza.

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I love making pizza because the sky is the limit when it comes to the toppings. You are free to be as simple or creative as you want. Sometimes I keep it simple with a basic cheese pizza and some vegetables on top and other times I like to liven things up and add toppings such as BBQ chicken, pineapple, hummus, black beans, goat cheese, caramelized onions, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, and other more unique ingredients (not all on the same pizza of course, that might be gross). Now that we’ve discussed toppings lets discuss sauce or in the case of this Tomato Basil Feta Pizza the lack of sauce.

Tomato Basil Feta Pizza | Recipe Runner | A lighter pizza perfect for summer! #pizza #summer

If I’m making a classic pizza I make my own tomato sauce and if I’m making a BBQ chicken pizza I use a good BBQ sauce. My favorite way to eat pizza though is naked! By naked I mean all I put on top of the dough in terms of “sauce” is a drizzle of olive oil and a clove of minced garlic and sometimes herbs sprinkled on top of the oil. I love the lighter, fresh flavor that it gives the pizza, plus it really lets the toppings shine. Okay, we’ve covered toppings and sauce, on to the best part…CHEESE! When it comes to cheese the sky’s the limit! I love the classic mozzarella, smoked mozzarella and gouda are fantastic on a BBQ chicken pizza, goat cheese is creamy and tangy mixed with lots of fresh vegetables, and then there is feta. Oh feta, salty delicious feta, how I love you! If you’ve never tried it on pizza before then this Tomato Basil Feta Pizza is the perfect one to start with.

Tomato Basil Feta Pizza | Recipe Runner | A lighter pizza perfect for summer! #pizza #summer

To make this most delicious pizza I started with multi grain pizza dough that I bought at Whole Foods. When I don’t have time to make my own dough my go to is Whole Foods’ dough. I stretched the dough out into a circle and then rubbed a little olive oil on top along with a clove of minced garlic. I sprinkled on some kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I added a couple handfuls of yummy crumbled feta and then it was time for all the wonderful toppings. I topped the pizza with fresh cherry tomatoes that my mom brought me all the way from her garden in Arizona, fresh basil from my garden, roasted red peppers, and finally for another salty briny bite, some kalamata olives! When the pizza was done baking I gave it a drizzling of balsamic vinegar. The combination of the fresh flavor of the tomatoes and basil paired with the salty feta and olives, and the sweet tang from the balsamic vinegar makes for the most delicious bite. If you’re in need of a change from the usual sausage or pepperoni pizza, give this fresh and flavorful Tomato Basil Feta Pizza a try! I also promise to share more pizza recipes with you to fix the lack of pizza deliciousness on my website!

Tomato Basil Feta Pizza | Recipe Runner | A lighter pizza perfect for summer! #pizza #summer

Tomato Basil Feta Pizza

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

8 slices of pizza

Salty feta, sweet tomatoes, and fresh basil are the stars on this light and flavorful pizza!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound homemade or store bought pizza dough
  • 1 t. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 T. fresh basil, chiffonade
  • Balsamic vinegar for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees
  2. Stretch or roll the pizza dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone.
  3. Drizzle a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil over the top of the dough.
  4. Sprinkle the minced garlic, salt, and pepper over the oiled pizza dough.
  5. Top the dough with the cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, and feta.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  7. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
  8. Slice the pizza and serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. Love this light, tasty pizza, so would my boys. Bookmarked:) Have a great weekend!

  2. I totally agree on the pizza dough thing! Whole Foods has such a great pizza dough! Love all of the flavors going on in this bad boy! I ESPECIALLY love the kalamata olives thrown in! Yum!

  3. I am a pizza freak and LOVE the combination of tomato, basil & feta! Pinning & sharing! :-)

  4. Danae, this is absolutely beautiful!! And it sounds so good!! I love how light and fresh it seems! I can’t wait to try out your naked pizza method.

  5. Gah I love this pizza! I am a huge fan of pizza without a sauce … and this is so simple yet perfect. It doesn’t get much better than tomato, feta and basil!The roasted red peppers don’t hurt either : )

  6. This pizza sounds right up my street! Love the feta- amazing!

  7. Oh, man. This pizza has like ALL my fav things on it! Love love all the feta you’ve got piled on top! Pinned.

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