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Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce

We love making homemade pizza. Josh always makes the pizza dough, while I make the sauce. Well, last week I was craving pizza for lunch, big time! I was tempted to call my “dough boy” home from work so he could whip up some pizza dough, but I decided I should probably let him work:) I was busy with Caleb and didn’t have time to make pizza dough from scratch, so I took the easy route and used pita bread to create an Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce. The pita bread made a great pizza crust. I created a tasty pizza in a matter of minutes.

If you think putting avocado slices on a pizza is weird, think again. They make the BEST pizza topping. You really can’t go wrong with avocado in any form, in my opinion:) And I am in avocado heaven right now because we received a big box of avocados from California Avocados Direct. They are amazing! California Avocados Direct, a “Farm to Table” business, ships freshly picked avocados all over the United States. The avocados are beautiful, make a great gift, and were certainly delicious on this pizza! Oh, and we gave Caleb his first taste of avocado and he loved it! Mama is so proud he loves avocado:)

The sauce is made with cilantro, garlic, fresh lime juice, jalapeño, green onion, olive oil, salt. It is simple to make and is full of flavor. I spread the sauce on whole wheat pita bread and topped the pizza with shredded mozzarella cheese. I popped the pizza in the oven and baked it for about 10 minutes. I topped the hot and bubble cheesy pita pizza with freshly sliced avocados. I sprinkled the avocados with salt and dug right in.

The cilantro sauce was the perfect base for the pizza. The sauce went beautifully with the cheese and creamy avocados. I loved the whole wheat pita crust too. Using pita bread was the perfect solution to cure my pizza craving. This Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce is almost too easy to make. So easy, I might have to make it every day! I have been craving it ever since my first bite! Give it a try!

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Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce

Yield: 2 pita pizzas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Pita bread topped with cilantro sauce, cheese, and avocado slices! This pita pizza is easy and great for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

To make the Cilantro Sauce:

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon minced and seeded jalapeño pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the pizza:

2 pieces whole wheat pita bread
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. To make the cilantro sauce: In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, combine cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, green onion, and lime juice. Pulse until combined and roughly chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Divide the sauce and spread evenly on pita bread pieces. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Place pita pizzas on a large baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. Top pizzas with avocado slices. Sprinkle with salt. Cut into pieces and serve warm.

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92 Responses to “Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 23, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    This is so you! I know you love your avocados and how fun to put them on pizzas, pita-inspired style.

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    Erica — April 23, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    We’re growing cilantro- I will have to book mark this sauce. I bet it’d be fabulous with fresh cilantro. What a gorgeous lunch

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    That is so funny! I posted a pizza recipe with an Avocado Cilantro Pesto this weekend, too! We are totally on the same wavelength! ;)

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    Aggie — April 23, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    I’ll take this pita pizza any day! Oh how I love the avocados on top, looks so delicious!

    Thanks for the link love :)

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    This sounds fabulous! I love how ease it is!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 23, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    Yum, love all of your avocado creations!

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — April 23, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    The cilantro sauce especially sounds wonderful!

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    This fun pizza looks delicious. And, the pictures are just beautiful, too.

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    Georgie — April 23, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    WOW, gorgeous looking pizza! Incredible flavor combo! Loving it!

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    Now this is a different pizza, but it looks great and all the flavors together sound amazing!!!! I may have to try this one!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 23, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Oh wow! Pinning for sure! Avocado makes everything better, doesn’t it?

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    Cookbook Queen — April 23, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Avocado on pizza?? I’ll take it!!

    This looks absolutely amazing!!

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 23, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    The avocado and cilantro sauce sounds like a great combination of flavors. I make a similar sauce and I know how addictive it can be.

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 23, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    This looks amazing!!!!! Great combo.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 23, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Since I pretty much eat avocado everyday anyways, this is a perfect snack!

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    Brooke Brown — April 23, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    3 of my favorites: cilantro, jalapeño, and avocados! Yum!!!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — April 23, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious! You always make me instantly crave what you’re making!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 23, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    anything with avocado and I’m in!

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    Julie — April 23, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    This looks so, so good! I’m sold on anything with avocado, and this looks like such a flavorful (and easy!) recipe to whip up for a healthy lunch. And of course if you have a healthy lunch, you don’t have to feel quite as guilty for following it with your chocolate chip salted caramel cookie bars… yum :)

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    Summer — April 23, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    This would be a great appetizer for a party. Yum!

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    How creative! And the avocado and whole wheat pita crust even add a bit of fiber to the mix. Yum!

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    Margarita — April 23, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Love how fast and easy this pizza easy… Not to mention all the deliciousness going into the cilantro sauce.

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    Ashley — April 23, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    We make tortilla pizzas at least once a week. So simple but I love getting creative with them like this recipe. This looks fantastic!

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    Mi Vida en un Dulce — April 23, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Home made pizza is the best, it takes time but tastes like no one. Since I learned how to make pizza dough my family wants it all Sundays. So, I tried with different toppings, but never think about avocado (“palta” in Spanish), but I find it very, very interesting.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 23, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I love avocados and I will be putting them on pizza! You have the best ideas!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 23, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    That is quite possibly the most zesty and fresh pizza I’ve ever seen!! And hey, I have everything I need. Monday dinner just got planned.

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    Cassie Laemmli — April 23, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Using a pita as pizza crust is such a great idea, especially for a quick lunch. We have a Middle-Eastern market down the street that sells fresh pita bread every day. I know what I’m having the next time I have fresh pita bread in the house!

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    Jill — April 23, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Oh, yum! This looks amaaazing, and I want it!

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    Elizabeth — April 23, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Avocados are one of my favorite foods!

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    Lindsey — April 23, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Love this! My local farm has cilantro right now, so I can’t wait to make this! Maybe next week! :) Love the use of pita bread. I have found tortillas make a great crunchy thin crust too. I found a mesh metal round to bake them on, and they can even be barbecued!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 23, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I love homemade pizza, especially quick alternatives when you don’t have dough! :)

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    Mimi Avocado — April 23, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    This looks so good that the farmers may want it for breakfast! So excited that your baby loves avocados too!

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    HeatherChristo — April 23, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    avocado+pizza+pita? amazing!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 23, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    oh my! Two of my very favorite things…I can’t wait to try this one!

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    Shaina — April 23, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Gorgeous. I love the avocado on top paired with the cilantro. This is definitely my kind of pizza.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 23, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    i was a little scared of this until i saw you don’t heat the avocados…this sounds amazing!

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    Julia — April 23, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    We have a cilantro plant that is literally going gangbusters in the backyard, so I’m thinking this pizza will be in order this week, FOR SURE! With extra avocado, because why not?!?!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 23, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Maria, I love how much you love avocados… because you keep putting them in things that get me really excited!

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    jenny345 — April 23, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Great avocado recipe, love it. I found this great cookbook full of healthy recipes, you might wanna have a look at http://tinyurl.com/cuv2pz4 !

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    I’ve never thought of putting avocado on pizza. What a great idea! Tasty + healthy fats = a fab combo. Thanks for the idea, Maria!

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