Californian Flat Bread Pizza

flat bread pizza

When I think of Californian cuisine, the words fresh, clean and healthy immediately come to mind.  I love goat cheese, Roma tomatoes and basil.  The vibrant colors are beautiful and I think these ingredients exude California.  I recently was out with a girl friend for happy hour at Claim Jumper.  We ordered the Tomato Flat Bread as part of our meal.  It was a simple piece of lavash bread, covered with lots of cheese and tomatoes.  An arugula salad with a refreshing lemon vinaigrette topped the whole  appetizer.  I thought to myself…I can make this at home for a fraction of the price….so I did!

This Californian style flat bread pizza is full of fresh flavors, healthy and is so quick to assemble and bake.  I made this dish for my siblings for lunch one day and they loved it.   I was actually surprised because as you may know my sister is not a big fan of tomatoes.   I like how the goat cheese just softens, but doesn’t become rubbery or hard as other cheeses tend to when baked.  The fresh basil is such a great compliment to the tomatoes.  I even made it for dinner for my husband and he was skeptical since it didn’t have any meat on it.  He was wrong, he thoroughly enjoyed his vegetarian flat bread pizza.  This is a no fuss recipe, so there are no exact measurements.  Use what you have on hand for the toppings and be creative.

flat bread pizza collage

A great way to “chiffonade” your basil (or any leafy herb for that matter) is to place the leaves on top of each other and roll the leaves into a tight cylinder.  Then use kitchen shears to cut the basil into thin strips.  I bought my lavash bread at Trader Joe’s and the bread was already cut into rectangular pieces.  Once baked, I cut the pizza into 8 rectangles and it easily feed 2 people…or 1 hungry person.  You can also find lavash at Persian markets.  The ones you find there will most likely not be cut into neat rectangular pieces.  You can leave as is or cut it down to size if you wish.  It’s your flat bread pizza…you can do whatever you want.

californian flat bread pizza

I also made another Californian style flat bread pizza topped with shredded Havarti cheese, roasted chicken, diced Roma tomatoes, avocados and basil.  You can pretty much throw avocados onto anything and call it Californian!  Anyhow, I thought this was going to be the kids’ (my siblings) favorite – but they actually preferred the goat cheese, tomatoes and basil flat bread.  My how their palates have changed!  There’s just something about simple fresh ingredients that is so satisfying.  The clean flavors are straight forward and there’s something to be said about keeping things simple.  Recipes and dishes don’t have to be labor intensive or complicated to be delicious.

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10 comments

  1. The Duo Dishes says:

    That TJ’s lavash bread is a very decent brand. It’s awesome for anything, even if it’s just scooping up hummus. The simplest ingredients make for the best pizzas.

  2. kitchenrunway says:

    The Duo Dishes: That was actually my first time with TJ’s lavash bread…and I was pleasantly surprised. I agree – simple & fresh = delicious pizzas!

    Brittany: Thank you!!

  3. Cara Smith says:

    This looks good AND easy! The best type of cooking combination :) I think I’m going to try this out tonight!

  4. zerrin says:

    I love simple yet tasty dishes. This one looks like a
    perfect alternative to regular pizza. Will absolutely give it a
    try. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Shavaun says:

    Making my favorite summertime lunch right now! Thank you so much for this easy recipe! :)

  6. kitchenrunway says:

    Zerrin: Thank you! It’s definitely an easy and lighter alternative to pizza – hope you enjoy it!

    Shavaun: Yay! Two summers in a row! Woothoo! I’m so glad that this pizza has become a staple in your home! :)

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