Caesar Salad Pizza

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This Caesar Salad Pizza combines the famous Caesar salad with a simple cheesy pizza to create a delicious 30-minute meal. We’re using a shortcut (naan bread) in place of regular pizza dough to have dinner on the table in a flash!

Overhead image of Caesar Salad Pizza cut up and ready to be eaten.

 Caesar Salad Pizza in 30-minutes

Say hello to another short-cut, naan bread pizza recipe! These Margherita pizza and pesto pizza recipes are both frequently made in my home and now we’ve got another to add into the rotation: Caesar Salad Pizza!

These pizzas are so fast to make, relatively healthy, delicious, and the whole family loves them. Making pizza crust from scratch is not too difficult or time consuming, but it does require raising time and a longer bake time. So, these “cheater” pizzas are a lifesaver and one I rely on frequently.

Naturally, we change up the pizza flavors and toppings often to keep dinnertime interesting. So when there’s a combo the whole family is begging for more of, it shows up here. These Caesar salad pizzas are just that — loaded with flavor and totally crave-worthy.

Overhead image of the dressing being made; the chicken being grilled; chicken thinly sliced.

How to make Caesar Salad Pizzas with naan bread

  • Start by grilling or sautéing chicken breast– nothing too fancy here. I simply drizzle the uncooked chicken with olive oil and sprinkle on salt, pepper, and lemon pepper. Cook the chicken, allow it to slightly cool, and then thinly slice. Alternatively, use rotisserie chicken to save time.
  • Next, toast the naan bread with a little olive oil. For these pizzas, I always use Stonefire® naan (not sponsored). You can choose from original, whole grain naan, or roasted garlic. Any of these works for this pizza, but we prefer the original or roasted garlic. In our local grocery store, the naan bread is typically in the bakery section with fresh breads and rolls.
  • While the naan bread is in the oven, thinly slice the mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese gets grated.
  • On top of the toasted naan bread, divide out the mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced chicken, and Parmesan cheese.
  • While the pizza is baking, the Caesar salad can be assembled. Chop the lettuce and toss it with the Caesar dressing. And if you like, add in some more Parmesan flakes and croutons.
  • Let the pizzas cool a bit out of the oven and then top with the salad. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Caesar salad dressing

I’m obsessed with the Caesar salad dressing recipe I’ve included in the recipe, but it does add to overall prep time for this recipe. I usually make a double batch of the dressing and use it on a few other recipes throughout the week, so if the dressing is already prepped in the fridge, these Caesar salad pizzas come together quickly.

If you don’t want to make your own dressing or want to keep things as simple as possible, I recommend Marzetti’s® Caesar Salad dressing (not sponsored). It is typically found in the produce section of the grocery store or with refrigerated dips and dressings.

Process shots-- images of the naan bread being drizzled with olive oil; cheese being added; chicken being added; Parmesan being added; the pizza being baked; the salad being tossed with dressing.

Caesar Salad Pizza tips

  • Thoroughly dry the romaine lettuce before tossing with the dressing. If the salad is still at all wet from being washed, it will water down the dressing and the pizza.
  • If time permits, chill the washed (and dried) lettuce and also the Caesar salad dressing. Add this topping straight from the fridge.
  • Not too much cheese: Go lighter than you might think on the mozzarella cheese. Since the crust isn’t very thick, the cheese can easily overtake it. I recommend very thin slices and about 1.5 ounces total of mozzarella cheese per pizza.
  • Grate the Parmesan cheese over the potatoes with a microplane. This gives the cheese the best possible texture and it melts perfectly over the naan bread.
  • Watch closely: Ovens differ, naan bread differs, etc. so watch the pizzas carefully. As soon as the cheese melts, pull them out.
  • Eat quickly: Don’t let these pizzas sit around for long after being baked or they will get soggy. Eat them fresh from of the oven!

Overhead up close image of the Caesar =Salad Pizza on a plate ready to be eaten.

Variation ideas

  • Add some heat by sprinkling red pepper flakes on top.
  • Add freshly minced garlic — sprinkle on right after adding the olive oil (before baking for the first time). A sprinkle of garlic powder would also work.
  • For a lower calorie Caesar salad pizza, use a lite Caesar salad dressing.
  • Instead of cooking or grilling chicken for these pizzas, use leftover chicken from another recipe or purchase a rotisserie chicken from the store. We like lemon pepper seasoned chicken best on these Caesar salad pizzas.

Quickest Caesar Salad Pizza prep

While there are lots of short-cut ideas throughout the post, here’s the ultimate short-cut mash-up: grab a lemon pepper seasoned rotisserie chicken, Naan bread, and a Caesar salad kit (typically found with bagged lettuce and other salad kits). With all these short-cuts, you can have Caesar Salad Pizzas on the table in about 15 minutes!

How many servings does this recipe make?

While I’ve done my best to include measurements in the recipe, this pizza recipe is more a matter of adding however much of whatever you like. Eyeball the amounts to fill up the naan bread. This recipe is also easy to scale up or down, so you can make as many pizzas as you’d like. In our home, the boys share one pizza, my husband can eat one plus a half of another, and I’ll usually eat one full pizza.

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Caesar Salad Pizza

5 from 4 votes
This Caesar Salad Pizza combines famous Caesar salad with a simple cheesy pizza to create a delicious 30-minute meal. We're using a shortcut (naan bread) in place of regular pizza dough to have dinner on the table in a flash!
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Caesar Salad Pizza

5 from 4 votes
This Caesar Salad Pizza combines famous Caesar salad with a simple cheesy pizza to create a delicious 30-minute meal. We're using a shortcut (naan bread) in place of regular pizza dough to have dinner on the table in a flash!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Caesar Salad Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 703kcal
Cost $6.29

Ingredients

Pizzas

  • 1 (7 ounces; 200g) chicken breast (See Note 1)
  • olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon pepper, for the chicken
  • 1 package (8.8 ounces; 250g) pre-packaged naan bread (2 breads in a package) (I recommend Stonefire)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 3 ounces (90g) whole milk mozzarella cheese, very thinly sliced (~2/3 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated (I use a microplane to grate the cheese onto the pizza)
  • 1 head (~3-1/2 cups; 175g) romaine lettuce
  • Optional for topping: freshly cracked pepper, shaved Parmesan, handful of croutons

Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup (48g) good quality mayo (I recommend Hellmanns/Best Foods)
  • 1/4 cup (14g) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon EACH: Dijon mustard, anchovy paste, finely minced garlic (~1 clove)
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: Worcestershire sauce, fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • DRESSING: If making a homemade dressing, start here! Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender jar. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust any flavors to personal preference and then place (covered) in the fridge to chill and for flavors to meld and intensify.
  • COOK CHICKEN: Pat the chicken breast dry with a paper towel or napkin. Cut the chicken in half horizontally to get two equal sized pieces. Pound if needed to get chicken to even thickness (we don't want to flatten the chicken, just ensure it's even for cooking). Drizzle with olive oil -- about 1/2 teaspoon per side per piece of chicken. Sprinkle each side evenly with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper. I add about 1/4 teaspoon per side of each, but add to personal preference (remember Parmesan cheese will make the pizza salty). Cook the chicken on a grill, in a grill pan or skillet for about 3-5 minutes per side over medium high heat or until juices run clear. It's okay if the chicken isn't totally cooked through (to 165 degrees F), since we're cooking it further in the oven. When the chicken is done, remove and tent it with foil. Let cool 5 or so minutes before very thinly slicing it.
  • PIZZA PREP: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Set the naan bread on the cookie sheet (2 per sheet). Lightly drizzle the naan breads with olive oil (about 1/2 teaspoon per naan). Bake in the oven for 2 minutes and then remove.
  • CHEESE/VEGGIES: While naan is baking, thinly slice the mozzarella and grate the Parmesan cheese.Remove the naan breads from the oven after 2 minutes and evenly spread the mozzarella cheese across the top (1.5 ounces (1/3 cup) per naan bread). Evenly spread the sliced chicken across the top. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese across the top of each pizza.
  • BAKE AGAIN: Return pizzas in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • SALAD: Meanwhile, coarsely chop the Romaine lettuce. Wash and throughly dry (in a salad spinner if you have one). Toss with the prepared dressing (add as much as you'd like; you may not want to use all the dressing). Set in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • FINISHING: Cut the pizza into slices and generously spoon the salad over all the pizza.Add optional croutons and additional Parmesan cheese. Drizzle any additional dressing over the pizza if desired. Serve immediately.
  • STORAGE NOTE: This recipe isn't great for leftovers.; I recommend eating everything as soon as it's baked; otherwise, the naan bread becomes soggy.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Instead of cooking the chicken breasts, you can also use about 1 cup of a lemon pepper seasoned rotisserie chicken.
Note 2: This recipe is also easy to scale up or down -- make as many pizzas as you'd like
Note 3: Calories will vary based on how much dressing you use. In most cases, you won't be using half of the dressing recipe on each pizza, so the numbers shown below are higher than most users will actually experience.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 2pizzas | Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.7g | Protein: 43.4g | Fat: 34.2g | Cholesterol: 105.1mg | Sodium: 1054.1mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 5.5g

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is my favorite salad. And it’s AMAZING as a pizza. I never thought of having it that way before. Thanks for this creative and delicious idea!

  2. 5 stars
    What a great idea. I love pizza and Caesar salad so why not put them together. Also love the time cutting ideas to keep this a great weeknight recipe. Thanks!

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