Salad Pizza With Gluten-Free Dough

January 27, 2021
5 Stars
Photo by Julia Gartland. Food stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop stylist: Sophie Pappas.
Author Notes

It’s more than possible to make a tasty gluten free pizza dough. You can opt to let the dough rest overnight after its initial rise; it will keep, wrapped well, up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. This dough has a tendency to feel stickier to the touch than a typical dough (handle it with lightly oiled or damp hands when shaping). Remember it also lacks some of the structure of a glutinous dough, so when you shape the dough, it’s more about pressing it out than it is stretching it.

In college, my favorite pizza place served a famous “Salad Pizza” that everyone loved. I do my own version sometimes now, baking the crust entirely on its own, then topping it with loads of my favorite salad (think: the side salad at your favorite Italian restaurant vibes). —Erin Jeanne McDowell

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Salad Pizza With Gluten-Free Dough
  • Prep time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • makes One 12 to 15-inch pizza
  • Gluten-Free Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups (300g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/4 cups (283g) warm water
  • 1/4 cup (60g) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for shaping and baking the dough
  • 1 pinch flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Salad Pizza Toppings
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic, finely grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (dried herb blend)
  • 1 pinch flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 cups salad greens of choice
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shavings
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced pickled pepperoncini or peppadew peppers
In This Recipe
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix all the ingredients for the dough to combine and form a soft, smooth dough, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Towards the end of rise time, preheat the oven to 400°F, and grease a baking sheet with olive oil.
  3. Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Use slightly damp or oiled hands to press the dough into a round about ¼ inch thick on the baking sheet. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Use your fingers to press out the dough again, getting it slightly rounder and thinner this time. Drizzle the surface lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with flaky salt and pepper.
  5. Bake until the pizza dough is crisp and starting to turn golden around the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before topping.
  6. While the dough bakes and cools, whisk the oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl until a thick, dreamy dressing forms. Just before serving, add the greens, onion, Parmesan, and peppers and toss until all ingredients are well coated. Scoop on top of the dough and slice into pieces.

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  • Elisa D Harris
    Elisa D Harris
  • mbrhoads
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, came out on November 10th, 2020, and my pie merch collaboration with Food52 is out now too:

2 Reviews

Elisa D. October 17, 2021
Do you still need to use Xantham Gum if your flour blend includes it? And can you substitute actual non-dairy milk for the milk powder?
mbrhoads February 14, 2021
I made this tonight. It needs to be baked on a parchment paper. It took 30 min at 400 and 10 min at 500 to make it crispy chewy like a pizza crust. The calories alone are a killer. 1500 calories for the crust and 700 calories for the dressing. That is more than a full days worth of calories!!! I will try again, but with a significant amount of less oil.