Fresh, simple and classic, Grilled Margherita Pizza is easy to make and has an amazingly crispy crust.  A great summer recipe that comes together in just a few minutes.

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Happy (unofficial) summer, friends!!!  What did you do this weekend to kick off the season?  Did you go to the beach?  Did you have a picnic or host a barbecue?  I ate all the pizza.  All of it.  Well, maybe not all of it…but I definitely ate my fare share of slices this weekend while at the beach.  There’s nothing better than a slice of pizza at the Jersey shore.  Seriously.  It is the first thing I want to sink my teeth into once I smell the salty air.  The thin, crispy crust…the molten, greasy cheese, the tangy, sweet sauce. It’s absolute genius on a paper plate.

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Then I came home.  And after sitting in hours of traffic with the rest of the suburban Philly population, I didn’t want to cook dinner.  At all.  So, we ordered a pizza.  And after being so spoiled with the best pizza ever all weekend long, the pizza that arrived at my door had a puffy, soft crust and was not at all what I wanted.  I sulked like a small child that lost their security blanket. I did.  I’m not ashamed.  I won’t be ordering pizza at home all summer long when I know I’ll be able to eat ALL the pizza at the shore once I get back down there.

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Instead…I’ll be whipping up something I made before I stuffed my face with boardwalk slices, Grilled Margherita Pizza.  It’s simply fabulous.  Fresh, easy and…actually healthy!  Well, definitely healthier than what I ate this weekend.  I used my No-Fail Pizza Dough which only takes a few minutes to whip up (minus the rise time) and my No-Cook Pizza Sauce for the base.  I always have a jar of my pizza sauce in the fridge and if I run out…it takes 5 minutes to make.  I kid you not.

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This version of Grilled Margherita Pizza doesn’t even require a fancy pizza stone, you just throw the dough right on the grill over low heat.  Wait a few minutes for the crust to crisp up and get a slight char…flip and top with the fresh ingredients…close the grill, wait for melty cheese and then enjoy.  (After you transfer it to a platter, of course.)  It’s a great recipe for entertaining or just a quick weeknight meal with your family.  Fresh, fast and incredibly satisfying….almost as good as that greasy, gut-busting boardwalk pizza that I could totally live on.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pre-made pizza dough, or 1 recipe for No-Fail Pizza Dough
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 6 tablespoons No-Cook Pizza Sauce
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 12 slices fresh mozzarella
  • balsamic vinegar, for drizzling

Instructions 

  • Preheat the grill.
  • Roll the pizza dough in the olive oil and stretch out to form a circle (or an oval, or rectangle...there are no rules here) being careful not to rip the dough. Place the dough directly on the grill grates over med-low heat. Grill the dough until the bottom is crisp and has a slight char. Carefully flip the dough over using a spatula and immediately top the pizza with sauce, basil, tomato and cheese. Close the grill and cook until the cheese is melted and beginning to bubble.
  • Transfer the pizza to a serving platter and drizzle with the vinegar. Cut the pizza into wedges and serve immediately.
Serving: 0g, Calories: 1567kcal, Carbohydrates: 197g, Protein: 69g, Fat: 57g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Cholesterol: 134mg, Sodium: 4135mg, Potassium: 572mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 2505IU, Vitamin C: 20.5mg, Calcium: 877mg, Iron: 12.1mg