Hand Tossed Pizza Salad

Hand Tossed Pizza Salad

Hand Tossed Pizza Salad

1 T. tomato paste
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. olive oil
½ tsp. each, garlic powder, dried oregano, and sugar
1/8 tsp. each, salt and pepper

4 generous C. chopped romaine lettuce
1 ounce (16 slices) turkey pepperoni (like Hormel)
1/3 C. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
3/4 C. halved cherry (or fresh chopped) tomatoes
2 T. fresh chopped basil (optional)
¼ C. croutons (cheese and garlic flavored work well)
2 T. fresh grated Parmesan

In a small bowl whisk the tomato paste with 2 T. water until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar and oil, and then the spices, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk well adding 1 tsp. more water. Set aside. Place the chopped romaine in a large bowl. Cut 10 of the pepperoni slices in half and add to the bowl. Sprinkle in the mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil, if desired. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss lightly until coated. Place ½ of salad mixture onto each of two plates. Divide croutons among salads and garnish with remaining pepperoni (3 slices each). Sprinkle 1 T. Parmesan on top of each salad and serve.


Yield: 2 servings

Calories: 250



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