I love this time of year when it’s the beginning of spring. The air feels lighter, sunnier, and the sky is often bluer than it has been in a long time. It is my second favorite season, behind fall of course. With this new warmth in the air, I’ve been noticing that I’ve been falling more in love with salads. Maybe it’s because of all the budding green around me that is making me want to dig deep and come up with creative salads that don’t taste super bland and boring, or maybe the warm weather is making the need for all those winter comfort foods to vanish. Either way, I’m going to ride this Arugula train as far as I can. The problem I often find when trying to eat salads and get healthy before the summer, is that I end up repeating the same salad over and over until I get sick and bored of it. Luckily this year I think I’ve found a gold mine with Fig.
Honestly, I’ve never given much thought to figs, unless you are talking about Fig Newtons and then I have to admit I sometimes day dream about those delicious cookies. But overall, I’ve always thought figs were an “adult food”. As a 20-something, I often feel like I’m stuck neatly between being an adult and a kid at the same time. So when I heard about a Fig and Arugula Pizza, my inner child and salad loving adult both squealed.
Honestly, you can make this recipe as easy or as difficult as you’d like. As for me, my policy is why put in the effort when Whole Foods does it for you? So yes, I cheated and got some dough from the grocery store, but I’ve tried many times before to master the art of making pizza dough and I’ve only ever needed up with flour in my hair and a lump of goo in front of me. I’ll leave a link here to a Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod if you are more adventurous and generally better at life than me!
You will need:
- Some Pizza dough (I used whole wheat, but you can use any kind you want!)
- Fig Spread
- Cheese (I ended up using Blue Cheese and a little bit of Mozzarella but I’ve heard Goat cheese is divine with Figs so I’ll have to try that in the future)
- Some Walnuts (optional)
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinaigrette (optional)
Let’s do this:
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C)
- On a well floured board, roll out your dough to the desired size (I had to cut my dough in half because my pizza was going to be massive if I used all of it).
- Brush some olive oil onto the dough.
- Place the rolled out dough onto a baking stone or baking sheet
- Bake in the over for 5-7minutes to until partially cooked (I usually just judge it by if there are pockets of air rising in the dough and then I take it out).
- Take out the dough and rise oven temperature up to 500 Degrees F (260 C). Be careful! It’s hot!
- Spread on the Fig Spread
- Add cheese and 1/3 of the Arugula you plan to use on the pizza
- Place the pizza back in the over for another 12-15 minutes or until your cheese is golden brown.
- Take out the pizza and turn off the oven (I always forget to turn off the oven…)
- Add the rest of the desired Arugula and walnuts to the top.
- Drizzle with olive oil and some balsamic vinaigrette if you so choose.
I ended up eating the pizza before I could get any pictures of the finished product, but I’m sure you all can conjure of images of the final masterpiece. Or, you could make your own and then you’ll have the first hand experience of witnessing it’s beautiful colors and crunchy crust!
I have to say I’m quite impressed with how simple this pizza was and how delicious it was too. I was kind of scared to take the risk of using figs as the base for a pizza, but I’m cursing every pizza I’ve ever had that didn’t have figs. The sweetness of the spread was balanced with the slightly bitter taste of the arugula and the cheese was just along for the ride. It was magnificent. Seriously,you have to try it! Plus you can kind of trick yourself into eating a salad on top of your pizza and anything that tricks me into thinking that veggies are good is a winner in my book.
Now, before I let you guys go make this pizza, I have to do a shameless plug for the Villanova Basketball team playing in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament tonight. So if you’re watching the game, throw up those V’s and root for the Wildcats! ✌🏻️
Happy Friday and go cats!