Caprese Salad Pizza

by Kiran on August 10, 2012 · 50 comments

in Baking, Pizza, Vegetarian

Happy Friday!!!

I need someone to invent a time machine. Seriously. I mean, how does time flies each day? Its mind boggling. There’s many more summer recipes I want to share but summer is slowly escaping through.


Just wish I could bottle summer up.

There are days where I am constantly struggling with managing my time. My daily to-do list is pretty long that includes so many un-replied emails. Yikes!

Don’t blame me. Blame the time.


Since time is such a huge issue here, I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that I decided to spend more time in the kitchen with pizza making.

I kid myself at times. Seriously.

One thing is for sure, in no time you’d be able to bake a fresh pizza for dinner this evening.

Mmm.. that’s sorta a lie.


The only time-consuming process in this would be proofing.

Basically, puffing up the dough with help from active yeast. Now, go get the recipe and bake it 🙂

Just don’t blame me if you are running out of time as well.

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Caprese Salad Pizza : Adapted from Nicola Graimes’, Whole Foods with recipes for health & healing



  • 2/3 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced

Pizza Crust

  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rapid rise dried yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup warm water

Basil oil

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. For dough, place flour salt and yeast in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add oil and warm water. Mix to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave dough in a warm place for 45 minutes until doubled in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F.
  4. Knead the risen dough lightly and roll out to form any crust shape or size to your liking. Place dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet or pizza stone.
  5. Push the edges of dough to form a shallow, even rim. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pizza crust from oven.
  7. Prepare basil oil by blanching fresh basil leaves for 10 seconds in hot water and immediately cooling it in a ice bath. Squeeze out water from blanched basil leaves. Add it into a blender with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  8. Spoon basil oil onto half-baked crust base. Top it with sliced mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. Sprinkle with some salt & black pepper before baking it for another 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  9. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.


From the corners of my eyes, I could see the Husband gobbling up slices of this pizza. I better not succumbed to having crumbs for dinner. That’s just worse in comparison with cribbing about time.

What about you? Any time-saving tips or recipes you have to share? 🙂 


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1 Choc Chip Uru August 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

You may not be able to bottle up summer my friend but you can always reminisce of it by remaking this divine pizza 😀

Choc Chip Uru
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2 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Uru — you are totally right!

3 Rosa August 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Mmmhhh, scrumptious! An original pizza topping.



4 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Rosa — thanks sweetie 🙂

5 Sammie August 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

That pizza looks amazing! Yes, I completely agree with you!! Time flies when we’re super busy and time flies even faster when we’re in the kitchen!! I find that the bulk of my time goes to recipe hunting!! 🙂
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6 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Sammie — I totally agree about recipe hunting 😉

7 the wicked noodle August 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I just love fresh pesto right now! Everything about it screams summer. And it’s even better on pizza!
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8 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Kristy — I guess basil oil is just as good as pesto 😉

9 Monet August 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

What a beautiful pizza pie! I need all the time-saving recipes I can get. I’ve been so busy lately! Thank you for sharing with me. I’m glad I found your blog!
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10 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Monet — thank you so much for visiting my blog. Off to visit you as well 🙂

11 shama August 11, 2012 at 4:58 AM

super recipe…inviting you to join in Fast food – Noodles event .
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12 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Shama — welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting 🙂 I am sorry, I don’t understand your comment on fast food.

13 Ameena August 11, 2012 at 7:16 AM

My time saving tip is to purchase pizza at the Whole Foods pizza station. My cooking skills are nowhere near yours. 🙂

Have a great weekend my friend!

14 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Ameena — awww, come on! I have my down time too. Almost too often, believe it 😉

15 August 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM

The quicker summer escapes from you the sooner it will be with me!. Your pizza looks just fantastic and fresh. No wonder hubby was gobbling it up recently posted..Dining alone all over Town – Reuben Hills and Bee Jays, Three Blue Ducks

16 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Tania — can I say how jealous I am of your coming summer? Enjoy it 🙂

17 Cher August 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Summer on a plate… Beautiful.
Yes, this summer has flown by insanely fast. Wonder if its in the air?
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18 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Cher — I really don’t know! It’s been non-stop recently.

19 Rikki August 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I couldn’t agree more, this season is flying right by me and it needs to slow down!! This pizza looks so good. I can’t believe I’m Italian and I’ve never tried a caprese salad pizza. I have to get on that!
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20 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Rikki — get on it, ASAP!

21 Rose from Magpie's Recipes August 12, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Oh my goodness your photos are so FRESH! I love making pizza at home too. I use the no knead dough and make it in the cast iron pan for a nice crusty crust 🙂 So agree with you- summer is slipping away too fast and I want to bottle it up too!
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22 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Rose — thanks sweetie, you made my day 🙂

ps: I need a cast iron. ASAP 😀

23 Raymund August 12, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Wow, I love a simple pizza like this!
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24 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Raymund — thanks buddy 🙂

25 Tania @ A Perfect Pantry August 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Oh this would have to be my favourite type of pizza…yum.
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26 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Tania — thanks honey 🙂

27 Shalu Sharma August 13, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Absolutely amazing recipe and photos to go with it. My mouth waters just by looking at it.
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28 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Shalu — Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments 🙂

29 Sophie August 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

This is a simple but beautiful pizza: all home made! I love it!
Fresh flavours are the best!

I also have made your roasted sweetcorn ice-pops & loved them: so unusual too! 🙂
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30 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Sophie — so happy you tried my sweet corn ice pop recipe! Yay 🙂

31 chinmayie @ love food eat August 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

That looks so simple and divine! I love homemade pizzas 🙂
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32 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Chin — thanks sweets 🙂

33 A Brown Table August 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Gosh, that caprese pizza would be wonderful for lunch right now!
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34 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Nik — 🙂

35 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 14, 2012 at 4:04 AM

When it comes to pizza, I love simple pizza that I can taste the crust. This looks and sounds wonderful Kiran!!
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36 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Nami — thanks dear, and I totally agree with you about the crust 🙂

37 Jennifer (Delicieux) August 14, 2012 at 5:43 AM

Kiran, that pizza looks amazing!! There’s nothing better than homemade pizza. Beautiful!
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38 Kiran August 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Jennifer — thanks love 🙂

39 Asmita August 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Hi Kiran,
This pizza looks and sounds absolutely wonderful! I love the presentation. So pretty!
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40 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Hi Asmita — thanks a lot dear 🙂

41 Cinnamon & Thyme August 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Oh my, this looks amazing :). Photos are so beautiful…
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42 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 1:26 AM

C & T — thanks a lot dear 🙂

43 Richa August 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Awesome! love that gorgeous crust. i want to keep some summer in my pocket too… unfortunately it is already slipping away
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44 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Richa — Time is seriously flying by!!!!

45 Jenny August 25, 2012 at 11:51 PM

That looks amazing! So fresh and summery. Yum.
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46 The Mistress of Spices April 21, 2013 at 4:33 AM

That is one good looking pizza!
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