This Mediterranean Pizza recipe is about to be your new favorite! A soft, chewy crust topped with some of the best Mediterranean flavors. All you need is 10 simple ingredients!
📋 About the Recipe
- Made with a homemade crust. If you're ready to go all-in on pizza night, I've got the best, easy pizza crust recipe for you. The stand mixer does all the hard work for you and is practically fool-proof.
- Easy to customize. In addition to sharing my favorite toppings, I've listed several optional toppings to try. Don't be afraid to make these homemade pizzas to taste.
- Great for meal prep. Several components of this recipe can be prepped ahead. Make the pizza dough, slice the veggies, and even par-bake the crust in advance to make the process extra quick and easy.
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Pizza dough - I used and highly recommend my Beer Pizza Dough recipe. It's made with just 3 ingredients in 1 hour and doesn't require any active yeast. It can even be made in advance and frozen for busy weeknights and quick pizza nights.
- Pizza sauce - You do not need to buy a sauce that is specifically labeled “pizza sauce." Any red sauce of choice will work. I like to use my Instant Pot tomato sauce. If you choose to use a store-bought tomato sauce or pizza sauce, check the ingredients label. The best versions will contain little to no added sugar.
- Cheese - You can use any cheese of your choice, but I personally love using a combination of the classic mozzarella cheese and crumbled feta cheese for that Mediterranean twist. If desired, you can also try goat cheese or parmesan cheese.
- Toppings - My favorite Mediterranean toppings are black olives, red onion, tomato, and minced garlic. You're welcome to use any toppings you'd like!
- Arugula - Topping your pizza with fresh greens is the best way to make homemade pizza. It lightens it up and arugula in particular adds the best, fresh peppery bite.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Topping ideas - The best part about making homemade pizza is having the freedom to switch up the toppings for every family's individual tastes. If you're looking to switch up the flavor in your Mediterranean Pizza, try these additional toppings:
- kalamata olives or green olives
- sun-dried tomatoes
- red peppers or yellow peppers
- grape or cherry tomatoes
- artichoke hearts
- fresh basil
- fresh spinach
- fresh parsley
- Pizza sauce - Red sauce is the classic choice, but if you're looking for a twist on this pizza, try a base of pesto sauce. The fresh herbs will compliment the flavors and keep this homemade pizza flavorful.
- Add protein - As is, this Mediterranean pizza is naturally vegetarian and suitable for several eaters. However, if you'd like to add protein to your pizza, I'd recommend adding finely diced chicken breast. Leftover Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breasts would be perfect for this.
- Preheat and prep the crust. Set the oven to 500 degrees F and make the beer pizza dough. Once the dough is prepared, par-bake the crust for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add pizza sauce and mozzarella. Spread the pizza sauce on top of the dough, leaving a bare crust around the edges. Cover sauce with mozzarella cheese.
- Sprinkle on toppings. Add black olives, sliced red onion, diced tomato, minced garlic and feta cheese.
- Brush the crust with an oil mixture. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Brush this mixture on the bare crust around the perimeter of the dough. Then, reserve the bowl and toss the arugula in the remaining oil mixture to coat.
- Bake. Transfer the Mediterranean pizza to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is cooked through and the cheese has melted and starts to brown.
- Top with seasoned arugula. Remove the pizza from the oven and immediately top with the seasoned arugula. Cut into 8 even slices and enjoy!
❄️ How to Store
To store: Mediterranean pizza will keep for up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in aluminum foil. Before storing, allow the pizza to cool completely to room temperature. This will prevent the crust from going soggy and keep the toppings fresh.
To freeze: Freeze after cooking as a whole pizza or in pizza slices. Allow the pizza to cool to room temperature, then wrap the pizza first tightly in plastic wrap, then 1 to 2 layers of aluminum foil. This will prevent freezer burn and retain the texture and flavor.
To reheat: Reheated pizza is best in the air fryer or oven, but can be microwaved. If the pizza is frozen, defrost the pizza in the refrigerator the night before or bake from frozen until warmed through and crispy again!
🔍 Recipe FAQs
If you prefer to use a pre-made pizza crust, feel free to! Any pizza crust of choice will work fine. Follow the instructions on the store-bought crust for best results.
You do not need a preheated pizza stone to make homemade pizza, but if you have one, use it! Otherwise a baking sheet works completely fine.
The bottom rack. The bottom of the oven is the hottest place in the oven and will yield the best chewy, bubbled up crust.
Pizza toppings typically go on top. The cheese helps create a barrier between the crust and the toppings which prevents the crust from going soggy.
💭 One More Tip
Avoid overdoing it with the toppings! I know it's tempting, but it's best to keep it on the lighter side when it comes to topping your pizza. If you pile it on, you're more likely to get a soggy crust and your toppings won't cook through properly because they're piled too high. Minimal is best.
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- 1 recipe beer pizza dough*
- ¾ cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 tablespoons sliced black olives
- ¾ cup thinly sliced red onion
- 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¾ cup feta cheese
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup arugula
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Make beer pizza dough. Par-bake the dough for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Spread pizza sauce on top of the dough, leaving a bare crust around the edges. Cover sauce with mozzarella cheese.
- Add black olives, sliced red onion, and tomato throughout the top of the pizza. Sprinkle minced garlic and feta cheese on top.
- In a small bowl, combine olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Brush oil mixture on the bare crust on the perimeter of the dough. Reserve bowl. Add arugula to the bowl and toss to coat in the oil and seasoning residue. Set arugula aside.
- Bake pizza for 10 to 15 minutes, until the crust cooks through and the cheese melts and starts to brown.
- Remove pizza from the oven and top with the seasoned arugula. Cut pizza into 8 even slices.
- *Fresh store-bought pizza dough works well too. Just follow the instructions on the package.
- Customize this pizza however you'd like. If you want to add protein, sausage, grilled chicken, or crumbled bacon would be good options.
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