Arugula Pizza (Greece)

Arugula Pizza
Arugula Pizza

Arugula

This pizza features a topping of…Arugula! The fresh, Peppery flavor of this baby Greens is a great contrast to the rich, saucy, and Creamy Cheese in this pizza.

Peppery arugula adds a burst of tangy taste that pairs perfectly with deeply savory toppings. If you want to spice things up, you can opt to add-in prosciutto and Mushrooms for that Meaty, umami and earthy flavor.

Use your time to get the best ingredients and add them to a perfect base for your family and friends to enjoy a gratifying meal together.

If you like Vegetarian pizza with a Tomato pizza sauce then you will enjoy this.

There are a lot of reasons why people find pizza so delicious! One of the main reasons is the combination of flavors and textures. The warm and gooey cheese, the tangy tomato sauce, and the crispy crust all come together to create a truly irresistible taste.

Another reason is that pizza is a very customizable food, you can put whatever toppings you like on it, whether it’s pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, or something else, there’s a pizza out there for everyone. Additionally, pizza is a comfort food for many people, it’s something that reminds them of home and family.

And, let’s not forget, pizza is a social food, it’s perfect to share with friends and family. All in all, pizza is delicious because it’s a perfect combination of flavors, textures and it’s a social food that many people enjoy.

Pizza in Greece

Most Greeks use more olive Oil than Italians on their pizza, and they also use a different type of Tomato for the base. Greek pizzas are usually cooked in an electric not wood fired oven, and cooked at lower temperatures.

Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Greece here.

Arugula Pizza at a glance
Origin Greece
Type Vegetarian
Sauce Tomato Sauce

Arugula Pizza Recipe

We’ve put together a recipe for you to make a delicious home baked Arugula Pizza , whether you’re using a backyard pizza oven or a pizza stone in your oven.

Preparation time
Dough 2 hours
Assembly 10 minutes
Baking 12-20 minutes

Arugula Pizza Ingredients

Choose enough pizza toppings for the amount of pizzas you will be creating. The pizza sauce and dough ingredients below are designed for 3-4 pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.

Arugula Pizza

Simple Pizza dough

  • 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
  • 2 2/3 cups (400 grams) 00 fine flour
  • 7 grams (2 tsps) dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) olive oil
  • 2 tsps salt

Arugula Pizza Toppings

Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;

  • Greek Feta
  • Parmesan
  • Arugula

Easy Tomato Pizza Sauce

  • 1 can (15oz/420g) crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
  • Two garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 small brown onion

Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.

TIP

You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Arugula Pizza, that use that topping.

Homemade pizza dough

Pizza Dough Method

You can either make your own pizza dough following the simple steps below, or you can purchase a premade base at your local store.

  1. Whisk the lukewarm water and yeast in a plastic or glass jug. Let the mixture stand for approx. five minutes.
  2. Add salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow well in the middle and gently pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
  3. Using dough mixer or hands, gently mix dough until smooth. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and then knead by hand for five minutes.
  4. Lightly oil a bowl, and place mixture in and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles in size.
  5. Pour dough mix out onto a clean, floured surface. Now hand knead gently for another five minutes.
  6. Sprinkle a little flour on the bench before rolling to prevent dough from sticking.
  7. Divide dough mixture into equal sized balls. Hand stretch or roll out the bases to the expected size.

TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.

Easy Tomato Pizza Sauce

Tomato Pizza Sauce Method

You can make this delicious pizza sauce following the simple steps below, or you can purchase a pizza sauce at your local store.

  1. Stir in all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Using either a whisk, or blender, mix well.
  3. Let sit for five minutes.
  4. The pizza sauce is ready to use immediately or chill in fridge for 2-3 days.
  5. You can also freeze any leftover sauce for up to 3 months.

If your sauce seems to runny, add some more tomato paste.

Preparing Arugula Pizza

Start by heating your oven to at least 450 degrees.

Spread out your dough on a well floured surface.

If you have a pizza peel, flour the peel and create your pizza on it.

Start by spreading the sauce all over the base. This pizza uses Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce Thinly yet evenly, leaving a margin for the crust.

Add the largest toppings first – typically meat or seafood, then the smaller toppings.

Add cheese last, and sprinkle it all over to help keep the toppings in place when it melts.

This pizza has the following toppings:

  • Greek Feta
  • Parmesan
  • Arugula

I find this pizza very tasty on its own, or why not with another style of pizza?

Baking time

Put the Arugula pizza in the middle of your oven (on a stone if you have one) and set timer for 10 minutes.

After roughly 10 minutes, check on the pizza.

Pizza should be ready within 15 minutes. However, allow it to cook to personal taste.

About Arugula

Arugula (also known as Rocket) is an edible annual plant, used for its Leaves that are fresh, bitter and Peppery in taste.
Other common names for Arugula include garden rocket, and eruca.

Pizza Tools

When making Arugula Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…

Pizza Stone

A pizza stone is a great way to up your pizza game at home. Read more about cooking with a Pizza Stone.

Food Containers

Leftovers need to go somewhere, and I hate using lots of plastic wrap or alfoil. I prefer good air tight clear containers for my fridge.

Dough Containers

Dough storage containers must be of high quality and airtight.

 

Feta

Popular for its salty, tangy taste, Feta ranges from very soft to semi-hard in texture. Feta was invented by the Greeks, however modern Feta can be found being made all over the globe.

Feta gets its taste from being salted through immersion in salty water, maturing for a minimum of two months. Blocks of Feta are often stored and sold still in the brine.

Storage Ideas

Have leftover pizza? Here’s what to do.

Warming up

Warm in the center of a 450 degree F oven for approximately 6 minutes, on a pizza stone if possible, until heated through. See our article on reheating pizza for more.

Freezer guide

You can store leftover pizza in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen as directed above until heated through.

Store in the fridge

Leftover slices of pizza may be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Pizza making FAQ

Planning to make fantastic pizzas at home? Here are some expert answers to some of the most common pizza making questions.

How do italians eat pizza?

Italians just about always eat pizza with a knife and fork. Pizza is to be enjoyed very hot, straight from the oven. If you try holding a slice, it will burn your hands, and waiting for pizza to cool down is just not an acceptable solution.

Why pineapple does not belong on pizza?

Pineapple belongs on pizza, in my personal opinion. It’s a weird debate which has enveloped the world. Each person has their own opinion. If you like it, eat it, if not, then don’t. Easy!

How much protein is in pizza?

Protein is an essential component of good health, and you should ensure that every meal has a protein source. The average pizza slice has 12 grams of protein, making it a good source for that day.

Have you made Arugula Pizza?

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