DASH Diet Pizza Margherita

a pizza with tomatoes and basil on top

I love pizza. I really love pizza. But the average commercial pizza is loaded with so much sodium and fat…well it just does not make the grade with my diet. Until that is I found this DASH diet recipe.

Provided to us by the “Mayo Clinic” this recipe is just an amazingly tasty dish. Now you can enjoy an occasional treat without the guilt or unwanted pounds.


Whole-grain pizza dough:

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons barley flour
  • 2 teaspoons gluten
  • 1 tablespoon oats
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 1/2 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella


To make the dough, dissolve yeast in warm water, let sit 5 minutes. Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil and water-yeast mixture. Knead for 10-15 minutes for best texture. An electric mixer is helpful, but not necessary.

Let the dough rise in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Roll out dough ball on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Place dough on a baking sheet or pizza peel. Top with spinach, tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic, black pepper, and mozzarella. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese melts and crust is crisp.

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