We went to Harry Papas, author of "Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight," for a pizza makeover.
The mix of fresh Greek vegetables, feta cheese and marinara sauce topped on a crispy crust transforms an ordinary pizza into a nutrient-rich, satisfying meal. Papas told us that his meal plan, "Slimmer," incorporates "fat burning ingredients and key combinations of foods that will keep you satisfied and are vital to continued weight loss."
Whether you enjoy it for lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack, this lightened-up pizza is definitely worth crunching on.
Slimmer Greek Salad Pizza
- 2 cups Mediterranean greens such as escarole, romaine and radicchio
- 1/4 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
- 1/4 cup sliced green bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons shaved red onion
- 4 to 6 Kalamata olives
- 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- A drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- A pinch of dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 individual pre-baked pizza crusts
- 2 tablespoons marinara sauce
- For the salad, toss together the greens, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper and onion in a medium bowl.
- For the dressing, mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven according to pizza crust directions. Place the crusts on a baking sheet and spread the marinara sauce on top. Chop the olives and sprinkle them over the sauce along with the crumbled feta.
- Bake according to package instructions, or until the cheese melts and the pizza is well heated and crisp on the edges, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.
- Toss the salad with the dressing and pile half on top of each cooked pizza. Serve immediately.