Margherita Pizza

Fresh mozzarella, a zesty sauce and dressed baby arugula and basil top this flavor-filled pizza.

Fresh mozzarella melts into cheesy pools over the zesty sauce topping this pizza. Delicately dressed baby arugula and basil burst with flavor.

Makes 8 servings


  • 1 recipe Garlic and Herb Pizza Dough (see below)
  • Cornmeal
  • Olive oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup Tomato Pizza Sauce (see below)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts (optional)
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup baby arugula or spinach
  • 8 to 10 small fresh basil leaves
  • ¾ cup red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered


  1. Prepare Garlic and Herb Pizza Dough (see below). Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet; sprinkle with cornmeal. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12-inch-diameter circle. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet; prick dough with a fork. Brush lightly with olive oil. Bake about 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven.
  2. Spread Tomato Pizza Sauce (see below) onto hot crust almost to edge. Top with Roma tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle tomatoes with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you like, sprinkle pizza with pine nuts. Bake for 6  to 8 minutes more or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Add arugula and basil leaves; toss lightly to coat leaves with dressing. To serve, arrange arugula mixture and cherry tomatoes on pizza.

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