Mediterranean Pizza

This Mediterranean pizza is a serious crowd pleaser, starring mozzarella and feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil.

Mediterranean pizza

“This one’s my new favorite.” OK, I know we say that a lot around here! But that was Alex, about this new Mediterranean pizza. It’s got a lot going on: salty feta, peppery basil, briny Kalamata olives, and to top it off: tangy sundried tomatoes. It’s a celebration of bright Mediterranean flavors, reminding us of our travels in Greece and Italy. And, it’s perfect for entertaining…or a weeknight dinner. Keep reading for the recipe!

Mediterranean pizza

How to make Mediterranean pizza

This Mediterranean pizza has a lot going on: but despite that, there’s not a lot of prep work involved for the toppings! This one features our famous Easy Pizza Sauce, a red sauce inspired by our travels in Italy. It’s incredibly simple and relies heavily on the quality of the tomatoes.

This sauce uses fire roasted tomatoes, which are worth finding due to their sweet flavor right out of the can. If you can’t find them, use the highest quality tomatoes you can find. To make the sauce, simply whiz up the tomatoes with a garlic clove, olive oil, oregano, and kosher salt. It makes the most flavor-popping, tomato-y tomato sauce that you’ll never use another recipe again.

What’s on a Mediterranean pizza? Here are the pizza toppings on top of the pizza sauce:

  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Kalamata olives
  • Sundried tomatoes (we like the ones packed in oil)
  • Sauteed spinach
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Throw these on our best pizza dough, more on that below, and you’ve got one extremely delicious Mediterranean pizza!

Related: Easy Calzone Recipe

Mediterranean pizza

Pizza stone and pizza peel

To make a truly great Mediterranean pizza, Alex and I highly recommend using a pizza stone. A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, and how to care for a pizza stone.

Now if you want to use a pizza stone, you’ll need a pizza peel as well! What’s a pizza peel? It’s a paddle used to slide the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel. The conveyor version costs a bit more, but we’ve found it’s worth it because it makes it so much easier to slide the pizza onto the stone.

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How to make pizza dough

Now, once you’ve got the pizza peel and pizza stone, you’re ready to make a really great pizza dough for this Mediterranean pizza! Making the dough takes a little time, but it’s well worth it. If you make it the day of, allow for about 15 minutes to make it and 45 minutes for the dough to rise. While the dough is rising, you can prep all your toppings and the other parts of the meal. Here are our favorite options for pizza dough:

  • Best Pizza Dough This is our standard pizza dough that we’ve used for years! We make it using stand mixer, but you can also knead it by hand.
  • Easy Thin Crust is similar but makes a thinner dough that you roll out — it would also work well here!
Mediterranean pizza

Looking for pizza recipes?

Outside of this Mediterranean pizza recipe, here are some of our favorite pizza recipes:

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This Mediterranean pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Mediterranean pizza

Mediterranean Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza (8 slices) 1x

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This Mediterranean pizza is a serious crowd pleaser, starring mozzarella and feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil.


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Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the 5 Minute Pizza Sauce.
  4. Prepare the toppings: In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes until wilted but still bright green. Add 1 pinch salt and remove from the heat.
  5. Thinly slice the red onion. Slice the olives in half. If the sundried tomatoes are large, you can chop them smaller too.
  6. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  7. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough using the back of a spoon to create a thin layer. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with the cooked spinach, red onion, olives, sundried tomatoes. and feta cheese.
  8. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven).
  9. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before adding the basil on top (whole leaves, lightly torn, or thinly sliced). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Mediterranean pizza, Homemade pizza, How to make pizza

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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