Summer Garden Pizza

Pizza that's perfect for summer . Fresh veggies sprinkled on top homemade pizza crust. Spoiler alert, there is bacon involved.

Summer Garden Pizza
Prep Time:
25 mins
Grill Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 pizzas


  • 1 ½ cup fresh baby spinach, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • Dash salt

  • 1 recipe Homemade Pizza Crusts for Grilled Pizzas

  • Olive oil

  • 6 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 ½ cup chunky tomato sauce

  • 12 ounce bite-size fresh mozzarella cheese balls, drained, thinly sliced, and patted dry with paper towels

  • 1 ½ cup grilled corn kernels (from grilled ears of corn)

  • 1 ½ cup chopped grilled or roasted eggplant*

  • 6 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled

  • 1 ½ pound assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut up

  • Small fresh basil leaves

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Sea salt flakes (optional)

Homemade Pizza Crusts for Grilled Pizzas

  • 1 cup warm water (105°F to 110°F)

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • Olive oil


  1. In a small bowl combine spinach, 1 teaspoon oil, and dash salt; set aside

  2. For a charcoal or gas grill, place one of the Homemade Pizza Crusts for Grilled Pizzas on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium-low heat. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until dough is puffed in some places and starting to become firm. (If the crust is frozen, grill for 2 to 3 minutes.) Using tongs, carefully turn crust over and transfer to the back of a baking sheet. Quickly brush grilled side of crust with additional oil.

  3. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese and 1 clove of the garlic over crust; top with 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce. Add 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture, 2 ounces of the mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of the corn, 1/4 cup of the eggplant, and 1 slice of the crumbled bacon. Transfer pizza from baking sheet to grill rack. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes more or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted, rotating crust as necessary to prevent burning. Remove pizza from grill. Repeat with the remaining crusts and toppings.

  4. Before serving, top pizzas with tomatoes, basil, pepper and, if desired, sea salt.

Homemade Pizza Crusts for Grilled Pizzas

  1. In a medium bowl combine warm water, honey, and yeast. Let stand about 5 minutes or until mixture is foamy. Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together 1 3/4 cups of the all-purpose flour, the whole wheat flour, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir in yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil. Gradually stir in as much of the remaining 3/4 cup all-purpose flour as you can.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding enough of the remaining 3/4 cup all-purpose flour to keep dough from sticking. Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour).

  3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes, adding enough of the 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour to keep dough from sticking. Return to the lightly greased bowl. Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 40 minutes). Punch dough down again. Divide into six portions. Cover; let rest for at least 10 minutes.

  4. Invert a large baking sheet; brush the back of the sheet with additional oil. Place dough portions, one at a time, on the prepared baking sheet. Using your hands, spread and press dough into an 8-inch circle. Line another baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Stack dough rounds on baking sheet, separating rounds with waxed paper or parchment paper. Use immediately, chill up to 4 hours, or freeze for at least 2 hours* or until very firm. Use as directed in individual grilled pizza recipes.


Look for bottled grilled eggplant packed in oil in the Italian section or at the olive bar of some grocery stores. Or simply grill your own: Cut an eggplant into 1/2-inch slices. Brush generously with olive oil, season with salt and ground black pepper, and grill on both sides until tender.


For longer storage, transfer pizza dough crusts to 2-gallon freezer bags. Seal bags and freeze for up to 1 month. Do not thaw before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

642 Calories
28g Fat
70g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 642
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 942mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 29mg 145%
Calcium 496mg 38%
Iron 4.8mg 27%
Potassium 566mg 12%
Folate, total 196mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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