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Family Favorite Pizza and Salad With a Mediterranean Twist

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Chopped Salad With Olive-Caper Dressing
Smokey Olive, Gouda and Bacon Pizza
Olive and Brie Pizza Pie
California Harvest Pizza

(Family Features) - What's the most popular made-at-home family dinner today? According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, it's pizza! About two-thirds of U.S. adults (65%) consider pizza among their favorite meals to eat with family. Pair this favorite dish with a fresh salad, and you've got a homemade, Mediterranean-style meal that's also good for the whole family.

So, encourage your kids to get creative and learn a little about new foods and flavors in the process. Using homemade, store-bought fresh, or frozen and thawed dough, you and your family can paint your own pizza canvas with vibrant tastes and colors. Slice up juicy tomatoes. Chop leaves of fresh herbs like basil and oregano. Grate wedges of Parmesan and Asiago cheese, crumble on goat cheese or feta, or slice up a creamy Brie. Add the flavor of the hearth with smoked Gouda or applewood-smoked bacon.

Then turn to the convenience of your pantry for roasted red peppers, canned artichoke hearts and olives of all kinds - from black ripe to pimiento-stuffed Manzanilla - for one of pizza's favorite toppings.

Then, toss leaves of fresh romaine or other sturdy greens with more good things - olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and Gorgonzola cheese - and drizzle with your favorite dressing. Dinner's ready!

Chopped Salad With Olive-Caper Dressing

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup light or regular honey Dijon or Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup Lindsay Black Ripe Pitted Olives or Lindsay Manzanilla Olives Stuffed with Pimiento (or a combination), chopped 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 6 cups packed torn romaine lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta, goat or Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup unpeeled cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked chicken or
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Preparation
    1. Prep time: 10 minutes
    2. Combine salad dressing, olives and capers; mix well. Arrange lettuce on 4 serving plates. Arrange tomato, cheese, cucumber and chicken or bacon over lettuce. Spoon dressing mixture over salads.

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Smokey Olive, Gouda and Bacon Pizza

Ingredients
  • 3 thick slices smoked bacon, preferably applewood smoked
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet or yellow onion
  • 1 (14-ounce) prepared round pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup Lindsay Spanish Olives Stuffed with Pimiento, drained, or Lindsay Large Black Ripe Pitted Olives, thickly sliced (or a combination of the two)
  • 1/3 cup julienned well-drained bottled roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley (optional)

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut bacon crosswise into thin strips. In small skillet over medium heat, cook bacon and onion, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and onion is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to paper towel to drain.
    2. Meanwhile, place pizza crust on cookie sheet. Scatter olives and roasted peppers over crust; top with reserved bacon mixture. Sprinkle cheese evenly over pizza. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Top with basil or Italian parsley if desired; cut into wedges.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
8 to 10 minutes

Calories: 199g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 25mg     Protein: 9g
Carbohydrates: 17g     Sodium: 536mg

Serves
Makes 12 appetizer or 6 main dish servings

Olive and Brie Pizza Pie

Ingredients
  • 1 refrigerated 9-inch pie crust, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 plum tomatoes, halved crosswise, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup Lindsay Black Ripe Pitted Olives, drained and halved
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion with tops
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano (or 3/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Place crust on lightly floured cookie or baking sheet. Fold in edges of crust 1/2 inch, pressing down to form rim.
    3. Spread mustard over inside of crust; top with half of Brie, tomatoes, olives, green onion, remaining Brie, oregano and Parmesan.
    4. Bake until crust is crisp and golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

Calories: 346g     Total Fat: 25g
Cholesterol: 40mg     Protein: 12g
Carbohydrates: 19g     Sodium: 808mg

Serves
Makes 6 servings

California Harvest Pizza

Ingredients
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages 8-inch Italian bread shells
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 (6 1/2-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup julienned bottled roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 (5-ounce) package goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 (6-ounce) jar Lindsay Manzanilla Olives Stuffed with Pimiento, drained
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup julienned fresh basil (stack several leaves, roll up top to bottom and cut roll crosswise)

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Brush each bread shell with 1 teaspoon oil. Top each shell with artichoke hearts, bell peppers, goat cheese, olives and Asiago cheese, dividing equally.
    3. Place on baking sheets; bake 8 minutes. Sprinkle each pizza with 1 tablespoon basil.

Preparation Time
12 minutes

Cook Time
8 minutes

Calories: 738g     Total Fat: 36g
Cholesterol: 40mg     Protein: 28g
Carbohydrates: 76g     Sodium: 2022mg

Serves
Makes 4 servings

SOURCE: Lindsay Olives



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