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    Loaded Garden Pizz'alad

    Here a garden salad packed with lettuce, bell pepper and avocado rests atop a provolone cheese pizza. And it's all drizzled with tangy homemade ranch dressing. We recommend a knife, fork and plenty of napkins to dig into this pizz'alad! 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.


    • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
    • 1 teaspoon instant or RapidRise yeast
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Tip)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3/4 cup shredded provolone cheese
    • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
    • 1 small red bell pepper,
    • 1 avocado,
    • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes,
    • 1 clove garlic,
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
    • 1/3 cup buttermilk
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
    • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts


    Step 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.
    Step 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.
    Step 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.
    Step 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°F for 20 minutes. Want to grill your pizza instead? See Tips below.
    Step 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).
    Step 6
    Brush the dough with oil and sprinkle cheese on top. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone. Bake until golden and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.
    Step 7
    Meanwhile, toss lettuce, bell pepper, avocado, mushrooms and tomatoes in a large bowl.
    Step 8
    Mash garlic and salt together with a fork in a small bowl to make a coarse paste. Stir in sour cream, buttermilk, chives and dill until combined.
    Step 9
    When the pizza is done, transfer to a large cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing over the pizza. Mound the salad in the middle and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Top with alfalfa sprouts and serve immediately.


    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 or 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 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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