5 Healthy Pizza Toppings: Pizza Sauce Recipes Included!

5 Healthy Pizza Toppings

Delicious is Healthy, Too!

Pizza is an institution in my home. Pizza toppings? Well, I have to admit, around here they haven't always been healthy. When I transitioned my lifestyle to one of conscientious cooking a few years ago, I discovered what I'd been missing out on for years: vegetables and fruit on pizza, not to mention whole wheat dough.

Do you enjoy art? I'm not talking about glitter-all-over-your-fingers-and-house art. I'm talking about real, simple art. The sort you can make as complicated or as easy as you please, and in either case, end up with something outstanding. If you enjoy this sort of art, you'll love switching to these healthy pizza toppings, because few things are more beautiful than fresh, healthy toppings on a perfectly baked pizza.

Healthy pizza toppings taste delicious and look appetizing - pizza should be art!
Healthy pizza toppings taste delicious and look appetizing - pizza should be art! | Source

Quick Tips for Great Pizza

Before We Get Started...

  • Use a baking stone. Baking stones (also called pizza or bread stones) provide the exceptional heat needed to crisp the bottom of your pizza properly. They also absorb excess moisture and save you the trouble of cleaning an extra dish at the end of dinner! Amazon has several excellent options available, though Williams-Sonoma also offers a great stone.
  • Go organic. Consult the dirty dozen list and make that any ingredients you use are on that list.
  • Experiment with herbs and spices. I'll provide you some with great suggestions, but don't hesitate to vary amounts or try your own blend.
  • Get dry. When possible, make sure your pizza topping ingredients aren't dripping wet. Pat them dry with a paper towel or tea towel when feasible. Less moisture means they ingredients cook and crisp evenly.
  • Dice or grate. How you prepare your cheese for pizzas will determine not only how your pizza looks, but how evenly the cheese covers the pizza. Personally, I love the look and spread of diced cheese. Just five or six hunk tossed right on a pizza works well. If you want exact and even coverage, however, grate it up!

  • Mozzarella and Feta work well in low-fat form. The rest should be full-fat, to preserve flavor and consistency.

3 Easy Sauce Recipes

Sweet Tomato

A little thicker, and a touch sweet, this sauce pairs well with spicy or ultra-savory toppings.

  • 1 small (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano, or 1 TBS fresh basil, finely chopped.
  • 1/8 tsp salt or salt substitute

Mix and spread. It's that easy!

Savory Tomato Basil

This pizza sauce is more traditional and thin. It's the familiar flavors, combined with an extra bite of basil. It also suits pretty much every type of pizza, though I love it best with my pepperoni pizzas!

  • 1 small (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small Roma tomato, diced (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil or 1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt or salt substitute

Mix and spread.

Sweet 'n Savory Tomato

My personal favorite of the two for its perfect combination of sweet and savory, this sauce goes well with just about anything. I'd probably put it on my breakfast cereal if I could. I hate waste, so this recipe makes enough for two pizzas. Use the second portion, or freeze it in a baggy for next time (that's what I do!).

  • 1 small (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 small (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt or salt substitute

Mix and spread.


  • Parmesan makes a GREAT substitute for a portion of the mozzarella.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of cheese, but always take into account the varying calories in each variety. Just one ounce of full-fat cheese is around 120 calories, so measure!

Hawaiian with a Twist

Pizza Toppings Get Sweet and Spicy

My husband loves to mix sweet with spicy - frankly, I think he has a sick psychological need to harm and confuse his taste-buds. Nonetheless, even I have to admit that this combination is killer. If you have sensitive little taste-buds like me, keep a glass of milk handy - things get a little hot!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (56 g) mozzarella, grated or diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded (optional) and sliced into rings
  • 1 small bell pepper, (try red for some color) cut into very thin slices
  • 1 ounce (28 g) turkey pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, rings or chunks
  • 1/2 ounce (14 g) feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions

Preheat oven to 550°F, or to the highest temp your oven allows. If using a baking stone, start heating it in the oven 30 minutes before baking.

After covering your dough with the desired amount of sauce, spread the ingredients over the dough, starting at the top of the list and working your way down.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned.

Recommended Sauce: Sweet n' Savory


The key to delicious and healthy pizza toppings is the mix of colors.
The key to delicious and healthy pizza toppings is the mix of colors. | Source

Red, Green, and Crunchy

Asparagus on Pizza? You Bet!

Whip out this pizza on a warm summer day and you'll have one happy belly. It has a nice crunch, a light, refreshing taste, and plenty of fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied until long after sunset. And frankly, it's beautiful. I would hang it on my wall if I could, right next to my whole wheat healthy bread boule and every single chocolate chip cookie I've ever seen.

  • 2 ounces (56 g) mozzarella
  • 1 medium tomato, cut it thin slices
  • 1/4 red onion, cut in super thin slices
  • 5-8 asparagus spears, cut on the diagonal in 1-inch lengths
  • Fresh Basil Leaves (optional) - to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 550ºF, or to the highest temp your oven allows. If using a baking stone, start heating it in the oven 30 minutes before baking.

After covering your dough with the desired amount of sauce, spread the ingredients over the dough, starting at the top of the list and working your way down.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned.

Recommended Sauce: Savory Tomato Basil


  • Some varieties of soy cheese work quite well with these healthy pizza toppings, but I recommend cubing rather than grating it.

Fresh as It Gets Pizza

Fresh and Salty-Sweet

Probably the best part about these pizza toppings is just how light and fresh they taste, especially if you've spent a long day in the sun. The pizza is peppery, crispy, crunchy, and way too good to be healthy for you (except it is!). The blend of cheese adds a special richness to this otherwise supremely-simple pizza.

  • 1 medium red onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 small shallot (optional) - finally chopped
  • 2 1/2 oz. prosciutto - thinly sliced and cut in strips
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 oz. (28 g) fontina or mozzarella
  • 2 oz. (56 g) mozzarella
  • 3 cups arugula - coarsely chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes - chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 450ºF. If using a baking stone, start heating it in the oven 30 minutes before baking.

Roll out dough and bake for eight minutes, or until lightly crispy with some puffy spots.

While the dough bakes, heat a pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, spray the pan with oil. Add onion, prosciutto, and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring, until the onion begins to brown, three to five minutes.

Spread the mixture evenly over the crust and top with cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is crispy and the cheese has melted.

Remove from oven and top with tomato and arugula.

Recommended Sauce: None. Trust me here!


  • Place the cheese beneath the vegetable toppings to give the veggies an opportunity to crisp properly.

Hearty and Hale

Fall Weather Pizza

Now, you are free to make this pizza any time of year you choose, but for me? I prefer this pizza when it's rainy outside and my feet are chilly, or when its frosty outside and the roads ice up (as they do in a bad way around the Pacific Northwest). Packed with flavor, this pizza will leave you full and satisfied, not full and at risk of a heart attack.

  • 1 large yellow onion - thinly sliced
  • 4 fennel bulbs - thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp salt or salt substitute
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 oz. (56 g) mozzarella
  • 1/2 oz. feta - crumbled
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives - pitted, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 450ºF. If using a baking stone, start heating it in the oven 30 minutes before baking.

Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray once it has heated. Toss in the yellow onion through the thyme and cook over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant, about 18 to 20 minutes.

Spread mixture over the dough, then add the cheese and olives.

Bake for 14 - 18 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned.

Recommended Sauce: Sweet 'n Savory or Savory Tomato Basil


Beautiful, seasonal cherry tomatoes come in a variety of flavors, each with a slightly different sweetness. For this reason, they make the ideal healthy pizza toppings.
Beautiful, seasonal cherry tomatoes come in a variety of flavors, each with a slightly different sweetness. For this reason, they make the ideal healthy pizza toppings. | Source

The Mother of Pizzas

A Margherita of Many Colors

This pizza is a classic, but just because it's a classic doesn't mean we can't spice it up a little, right? What I love about these particular healthy pizza toppings is that they aren't just red, white, and green. They're yellow and orange, too! The pizza becomes a fiery work of art for any dinner table.

  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic - finely minced
  • 3 oz. (84 g) mozzarella
  • 3/4lb cherry tomatoes - halved, and in many colors (check your farmer's market!)
  • 1 small red onion - thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil - thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp salt or salt substitute
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 425ºF. If using a baking stone, start heating it in the oven 30 minutes before baking.

Mix one tsp (preferably warmed) olive oil with the minced garlic and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Spread dough and bake for eight minutes. Remove crust and brush garlic-olive oil mixture over it. Cover crust with cheese, cherry tomatoes, then red onion. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned and cheese has melted.

Combine the vinegar and oil. Sprinkle the pizza with sliced basil, salt, and pepper. Pour the vinegar-oil mixture evenly over everything.

Recommended Sauce: None.


Using a Baking Stone

You'll Never Go Back

When cooking with a baking stone, remember these quick tips for a perfect crust.

  • Preheat the stone for 30 minutes before using.
  • Let the stone cool slowly. Shut off the oven and leave the door shut so that it has a gentle cooling process.
  • Don't wash your baking stone. Ever. They aren't meant to look nice. They're meant to make your healthy pizza exceptional.
  • Take every opportunity to heat and slowly cool your stone. The more often you do this, the stronger your stone becomes.

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Nspeel 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach

Very long very detailed i love it almost as much as i love pizza. Great article voted up and useful good work here!


Peter 5 years ago

This is definitely a StumbleUpon-worthy collection of recipes here!


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theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Thanks, Nspeel! I always appreciate the encouragement. :)

And Peter, feel free to pass some StumbleUpon love my way any time you like!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for these recipes--I've been wanting some fall-weather pizza. I use goat cheese as opposed to cow's milk. Not so much the soy.

Voted up and bookmarked.


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daleamy 4 years ago from Spring Hill, TN

Great details! I can't wait to try making some of these pizzas!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Thanks for sharing these recipes. I´ve just added them to my collections for baking. I´ll surely try them all. Voted up and useful. SHARED.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

Wow a very comprehensive and delicious list of recipes for healthy home made Pizzas. I agree with you that the fresh toppings made at home taste so much better too!

Thanks for SHARING, Voted up, interesting and awesome


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

Sounds so great that I'm inclined to scrape off and eat just the toppings and leave the bread behind.


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theseattlegirl 4 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Thelma, you bet. These recipes were too tasty to keep to myself!


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theseattlegirl 4 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Viking, nothing is better than fresh! I'm only sad I don't have a garden in which to grow some of these herbs and vegetables myself. :)


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theseattlegirl 4 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Blissful, go to town on that crust! Lately, I've been experimenting with using white whole wheat flour and have had great results with the crust that way, too. Husband has been asking that I leave him more empty crust to munch on when I make the pizza, which is always a good sign.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

You won me over with this Hub. Great, great suggestions. Love to eat, especially pizza, and especially with fresh, healthy toppings. Looking forward to giving some of these a try. Voting up, sharing and everything else...... Thank you for posting this one.


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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

Awesome suggestions! Thanks, can't wait to try it myself!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

These pizza's look amazing! I have definitely saved this one. I love creating my own pizzas so I can have control of the ingredients! The pics are fabulous. Great hub! Votes up and definitely shared~ Lisa :)


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emilybee 4 years ago

Yum yum yum! I love wheat dough too-these toppings are great and help make pizza a reasonably healthy food choice. Thanks !


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MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

Great tips, delicious recipes!


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

So awesome, I've seen many ingredients which aren't normally pizza toppings... but hey, we can make pizza in any way we like. This is really interesting and sounds delicious, with your coming in with many flavors. Will definitely try. Thanks for sharing :)

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