This easy recipe for lemon arugula pizza is a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy. This pizza is topped with mozzarella cheese, lemon zest, and shallots then cooked to perfection. After that, it is topped with creamy ricotta cheese, arugula, and sweet honey.
We make out lemon arugula pizza with gluten free pizza dough so that the pizza will be entirely gluten free. That being said, you can also make this lemon arugula pizza with regular pizza dough if you do not have a gluten intolerance. A simple 1:1 substitution will work perfectly.
What is on a lemon arugula pizza?
What ingredients are used to make a lemon arugula pizza? Here are the main ingredients you need to make a lemon arugula pizza.
- Gluten free pizza dough. The first thing you will need to make this lemon arugula pizza is gluten free pizza dough. We make our own gluten free pizza dough with Bob’s Red Mill flour, but you can also use store bought pizza dough. You can use regular pizza dough instead of gluten free pizza dough if you do not have a gluten intolerance.
- Olive oil. There is no sauce used in this recipe for lemon arugula pizza. Instead, a layer of olive oil is spread out on top of the pizza crust before the other toppings are added. We recommend using a smooth olive oil with a buttery flavor such as a California olive ranch olive oil.
- Mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella cheese is the main type of cheese that is used on this lemon arugula pizza. The mozzarella cheese is added to the pizza before it is cooked so that the cheese melts as the pizza cooks.
- Ricotta cheese. Some ricotta cheese is also used in this lemon arugula pizza. Unlike the mozzarella cheese, the ricotta cheese is not added to the pizza until it is done cooking.
- Lemon. You can’t have a lemon arugula pizza without some lemon! Lemon zest is added to this lemon arugula pizza to give it a bright lemon flavor. The lemon zest should be added to the pizza before it is put in the oven to cook.
- Shallots. Some shallots are also added to this lemon arugula pizza. The shallots should be sliced into thin slices and added to the pizza before it is put in the oven.
- Arugula. After the pizza is done cooking, a bed of arugula is laid out on top of the pizza. You should let the pizza cool for a few minutes before adding the arugula so that the heat from the pizza does not wilt the arugula.
- Honey. Finally, some honey is drizzled over the top of the pizza before it is served. The sweetness of the honey serves as a nice contrast to the slight bitterness of the arugula.
How to make a lemon arugula pizza
How do you make a lemon arugula pizza? Here are all the steps you need to take to make a lemon arugula pizza.
- Prep the toppings. The first thing you should do when you make a lemon arugula pizza is prepare the toppings that are going to be put on the pizza. Specifically, you should slice the shallots into thin slices and zest the lemon. You should also slice the mozzarella cheese if necessary.
- Spread out the pizza crust. After you prepare the toppings, you should spread out the pizza crust and top the pizza crust with a layer of olive oil. We recommend shaping the pizza crust on a sheet of parchment paper that you can transfer to a pizza stone or baking sheet when it is time to cook the pizza
- Add the mozzarella, shallots, and lemon zest. After you shape the crust and add a layer of olive oil, it is time to add the toppings that need to be cooked. Start out by adding a layer of mozzarella cheese over the crust. After that, add the lemon zest and shallots on top of the mozzarella cheese.
- Cook the pizza. After the pizza has been assembled, it is time to cook the pizza. Cook the pizza until the edges of the crust are lightly brown. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes when it is done cooking.
- Add the arugula, ricotta cheese, and honey. After the pizza is done cooking, it is time to add the toppings that do not need to be cooked. First add a few dollops of ricotta cheese over the top of the pizza. Then add a bed of arugula and top it with a drizzle of honey.
How to store lemon arugula pizza
How do you store lemon arugula pizza? Lemon arugula pizza should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can either put the pizza in a storage container or wrap it up in saran wrap or tinfoil. The pizza will keep for up to three days if stored properly.
For best results, we recommend storing the arugula, ricotta, and honey separately from the rest of the pizza. If you plan to have leftovers then you should only put the lemon, ricotta, and honey on the part of the pizza you plan to eat that night. It is easiest to store these toppings separately because they should not be heated along with the pizza.
How to reheat lemon arugula pizza
How do you reheat lemon arugula pizza? You have a few options when it comes to reheating lemon arugula pizza. No matter what method you choose to use, you should remove the ricotta, arugula, and honey from the pizza before you reheat it. Here are your best options when it comes to reheating lemon arugula pizza.
- Oven. For best results, we recommend reheating the pizza in the oven. This will help to ensure that the pizza crust remains crispy. You should cook the pizza for 5 -7 minute at 400 degrees or until the cheese melts and the pizza is heated throughout.
- Microwave. If you want to heat the pizza quickly, you can also reheat the pizza in the microwave. The pizza crust may become slightly soggy if it is reheated in the microwave, but it will still taste great! We recommend reheating the pizza for 30 – 60 seconds on full power until the cheese melts and the pizza is heated throughout.
Lemon arugula pizza
- 9 oz gluten free pizza crust
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 shallot (small)
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat your oven to 475. If you are using a pizza stone, you should put the pizza stone in the oven before it starts to heat.
- Slice the shallots into thin slices and zest the lemon. Slice the mozzarella cheese if necessary.
- Spread out the pizza crust until it is around 1/4 inch thick.We recommend shaping the pizza crust on a sheet of parchment paper and coating your hands with flour or olive oil to prevent the dough from sticking.
- Add the olive oil to the pizza base then top it with the mozzarella cheese. Spread the lemon zest and shallots over the top of the mozzarella cheese.
- Cook the pizza for 15 – 18 minutes until the crust develops a golden brown color. After the pizza is done cooking, remove the pizza from the oven and wait for it to cool.
- After the pizza has cooled, add a few dollops of ricotta cheese on top of the pizza. Then add the arugula and top it with honey, salt, and pepper.
Substitutions for lemon arugula pizza
- Gluten free pizza dough. If you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can make this lemon arugula pizza with regular pizza dough instead of gluten free pizza dough. No other substitutions are required.
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