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We love pizza night at our house. It gives me a chance to relax a bit on my cooking time for those really busy nights when I don’t have hours to spend coming up with something new to cook. Tonight, pizza night means a sort of semi homemade night. I’ll be serving the pizza with a loaded salad that is topped with a creamy homemade Parmesan herb salad dressing.
I love making home made salad dressings. They taste so much better than store bought and I know exactly what is going in them.
When I pair items together on my table, I want to make sure that they go really well together. It makes the whole meal taste better if you keep in mind the ingredients from one dish to another.
It’s Pizza Night at our house and I’m teaming it up with salad and the most amazing Parmesan Herb Salad Dressing!
When I was shopping at my local Publix store last week, I headed to the frozen food aisle to pick up a pizza and discovered a new one that I had not tried before. I’ve had Freschetta’s Naturally Rising, and Brick Oven pizzas, but this new one looked amazing! Freschetta® has a new range of Artisan Crust pizzas. Seeing that they are made with a delicious blend of 3 whole grains for the crust, I knew I just had to try one. They have four varieties but I decided that a Margherita Pizza was the one for us tonight.
This pizza uses 100% mozzarella and provolone cheeses, tomatoes and roasted garlic and has a Parmesan herb seasoning. Since I planned to serve a salad to go along with the pizza, I just knew that the dressing for my salad would have to match the herb seasoning on the pizza!
I grow fresh herbs on my deck pretty much year round so I had just what I needed for the herb seasoning part of this dressing – fresh oregano, basil, and parsley. I cut a bunch of each and gathered the rest of the items that I would need to make the salad dressing.
As luck would have it I also have some baby lettuce growing outside too. I wanted this salad to be a bit nicer than a normal tossed salad. I chose Campari tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, avocado, feta cheese, and freshly cooked edamame beans. If you have not tried edamame beans in a salad, you don’t know what you are missing. The ones I bought were frozen and just needed a few minutes in the microwave to heat. They also make a super snack, so have some extras. They are really yummy and very good for you!
While the pizza was cooking, I made both my salad dressing and assembled the salad so that everything would be done at the same time. I just love knowing that this meal is going to be about 20 minutes from start to finish! My mason jar mugs make the perfect container for the dressing!
The pizza has the most amazing taste. The crust has a subtle sweetness to it and a very hearty, grain like texture. And those toppings and herb seasonings pair perfectly with my salad with homemade Parmesan herb salad dressing.
This is a match made in movie night heaven. Dig in folks. Time to watch your favorite movie, have a pizza and enjoy your salad with this scrumptious homemade Parmesan herb salad dressing!
Would you like to create this meal for your family? Head on over to your local Publix and visit the Frozen food aisle and produce department to pick up your supplies. Publix has a special offer going on from 5/19 – 6/8. They are offering 2 Freschetta® Pizzas for $10, so now is the time to stock up!
Which Freschetta® Artisan pizza will you choose for movie night? In addition to the Margherita pizza, the other choices are – the Four Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza and Chicken and Fire Roasted Vegetable Pizza. I can’t wait to try another variety next time!
- For the dressing
- ¼ cup of sour cream
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano
- 2 tbsp fresh basil
- juice of one lime
- ½ cup Parmegiano Reggiano cheese
- ¼ cup water (to get the right consistency to pour)
- For the salad:
- Fresh baby salad greens
- Sliced avocados
- Campari tomatoes
- Baby Bella Mushrooms
- Cooked Edamame beans
- Feta Cheese
- For the Pizza:
- 1 Freschetta® Artisan Crust Margherita Pizza
- Finely chop the fresh herbs. Combine all of the spices and seasonings together in a jar . Add the sour cream, mayo, Dijon mustard, lime juice, and balsamic vinegar together. Add water, if needed, to get the right pouring consistency.
- Grate the Parmegiano Reggiano cheese and mix well. Shake until well combined.
- Combine your salad ingredients in a serving dish. Pour over the dressing and mix well.
- Refrigerate the remaining dressing.
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