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Lemon Arugula Pizza

Thin crust pizza with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, arugula, and a splash of fresh lemon juice-who wants a slice? 

Lemon Arugula Pizza Recipe on Simple, fresh, and so tasty!

I am always looking for new pizza inspiration because Josh requests pizza for dinner almost every single day. I like pizza, but I need some variety in my life:) When I was in Austin this summer, I had the best arugula pizza. I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I made my own Lemon Arugula Pizza at home. It cured my pizza craving after one slice. Ok, maybe two slices. I had to eat more than one slice, the pizza was too good.

Lemon Arugula Pizza Recipe on Love this pizza recipe!

I am lucky Josh loves eating and making pizza. He always makes the pizza dough. His first job was at Little Caesar’s, but I promise his pizza is WAY better:) I am glad he was young and didn’t take any pizza tips from them..ha!


We always use Gold Medal’s Better For Bread Flour to make our pizza dough. It makes the best pizza crust!

Lemon Arugula Pizza Recipe on

I wanted a thin crust pizza so Josh rolled it out thin and cooked it on our pizza crisper pan. You can make a thicker crust if you wish, just roll out the dough to your desired thickness.

Lemon Arugula Pizza Recipe on  Perfect for any pizza party!

We topped the pizza with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. We baked the pizza until the cheese was melted and the crust was crisp!

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Josh pulled the pizza out of the oven and I topped it with arugula, fresh lemon juice, and freshly grated parmesan. Josh cut the pizza into slices and we had a family pizza party!

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I seriously love everything about this pizza. The flavors are fresh and simple. Josh wasn’t sure he would like a “salad” on his pizza, but he was pleasantly surprised by my Lemon Arugula Pizza. He loved it and so did Caleb! Caleb was shouting “pizza” and “bite” during our dinner. He couldn’t get enough! I am glad my boys enjoyed my pizza creation!

Make Lemon Arugula Pizza for your next pizza party! It was a hit at our house!

Lemon Arugula Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese on

Lemon Arugula Pizza

Yield: 1 large pizza

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Pizza with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, arugula, and a splash of fresh lemon juice. This pizza is a great addition to any pizza party!


For the pizza dough:

2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
1 cup warm water
Pinch of sugar
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal Better For Bread Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Corn meal-for spreading on pizza peel

Pizza Toppings:
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 cups arugula
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Additional shredded parmesan cheese, for serving, optional


1. First, make the pizza dough. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, combine yeast and 1 cup warm water. Add a pinch of sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour and salt. Mix the ingredients until combined.

3. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Next, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until combined. Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 5 minutes on medium speed.

4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Form dough into a ball and place in the bowl. Cover pizza dough with a damp towel and set in a warm area to rise. Let the dough rise for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.

5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut the dough in half. Take one piece of dough and punch it down on a lightly floured surface. You can refrigerate or freeze the other half of the dough or make 2 pizzas, if you wish. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a circle. Place the pizza dough on a pizza pan or pizza stone.

6. Evenly brush the olive oil on the pizza. Top with fresh mozzarella slices. Add the parmesan cheese. Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until pizza crust is golden and cheese is melted.

7. Remove the pizza from the oven and place arugula on top. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the arugula and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Garnish with additional parmesan cheese, if desired. Cut into slices and serve.

Note-we made a thin crust pizza. Josh rolled the crust into about a 13-inch circle. If you want a thicker crust, don't roll it out as far.

Disclosure: this post is in partnership with Gold Medal Flour, but our opinions are our own. 

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64 Responses to “Lemon Arugula Pizza”

  1. I have been craving pizza and I am so loving yours. I love the thin crust and the lemon and arugula flavors. Nice combo! It just sounds amazing! Book marking this recipe!!

  2. Sophie — July 31, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    OOH yum! This looks so fresh and summery! I love it.

  3. This sounds awesome!!

  4. Brianna — July 31, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    This looks deliciously light and fresh!

  5. steph@stephsbitebybite — July 31, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    This sounds so refreshing!

  6. carrian — July 31, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    That was a delicious pizza!

  7. Erica — July 31, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Love how thin the crust is!! What great, light flavors

  8. Alexis @ Hummusapien — July 31, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    A giant salad on a fab thin crust pizza–what could be better? SO light and delish! Dinner tonight for sure!

  9. Tieghan — July 31, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    First of all I have to say that I LOVE gold medal flour and think it is such a great brand. I buy their flour whenever possible.
    Second, oh my gosh this pizza is amazing and so pretty! We love thin crust around here and all the pretty green arugula is calling my name!

  10. Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 31, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Such a great summer meal! I could eat this every day!

  11. Jenna — July 31, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    This crust looks really good!!

  12. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 31, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Delicious pizza, Maria! My fam would love this too! :)

  13. Linda — July 31, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    When you live in a town with 2,000 people there are so many things that you can’t buy here. Many that I have never tasted such as arugula. Never use anything but Gold Medal. See so many who use another brand but it is not available in my area at all.

  14. Mary Chavez — July 31, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Yum. Trader Joes use to sell a pizza like this. They discontinued it about a year ago. So excited to see your recipe

  15. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — July 31, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    omg, I love this!!! looks delicious! and with pizza like this, you’d better eat more than one slice! I love that your husband makes the pizza dough. . so awesome! definitely going to try this recipe!! :)

  16. Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 31, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    This looks perfect- I love lemon. I love arugula. I love pizza!

  17. HeatherChristo — July 31, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I love arugula on my pizza! The lemon is a lovely touch!

  18. I love arugula on pizza!! Delicious!

  19. Ash- foodfashionparty — July 31, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Such a fresh looking pizza!!

  20. Gaby — July 31, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I love a good homemade flatbread!

  21. Julie @ Table for Two — July 31, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    gorgeous pizza, Maria!! I love the abundance of arugula on top!! that flatbread is right up my alley – i don’t like pizza dough that’s super doughy or puffy.

  22. Cookbook Queen — July 31, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    The perfect lunch!!!!

  23. What a great vegetarian pizza! Peppery, lemony and totally perfect for a summer meal.

  24. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 31, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    What a gorgeous, vibrant pizza!

  25. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — July 31, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    That thin crust is looking amazing and I like the light summery topping!

  26. Sandy @ RE — July 31, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Perfect. Love this, Maria!

  27. Daniel — July 31, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This looks really delicious! I’m going to try it with basil and onions.

  28. Maria — July 31, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    My husband, like yours, would be happy with pizza for dinner every night! This sounds great, I love the lemon and the arugula on top. I always use King Arthur for my pizza, I will have to look for this flour in my supermarket.

  29. Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 31, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    I’d be yelling for more bites too, like Caleb!! That pizza sounds divine for summer!

  30. I long ago stopped using tomato sauce and the requisite sausage meats on pizza preferring fresher, often vegetarian ingredients. But lately pizzas like this have become a staple and we’re even grilling them on the BBQ. I liken them more to an upside down salad…and I’m good with that. Love these simple ingredients and I’m betting it was divine.

  31. I can never have too much arugula, looks great!

  32. Des — July 31, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    When I saw that you posted a Lemon Arugula Pizza, my first thought was oooooh I wonder if it’s like that one in Austin. That pizza was amazing! And this one looks like it would be just as delicious!

  33. bridget {bake at 350} — July 31, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    Maria, pizza is definitely my love language. Ok, so are cookies, and chocolate, and frosting. I just love everything about this and can’t wait to make it! Hope my boys like “salad pizza,” too! 😉

  34. Ashley @CenterCutCook — July 31, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    I would have never thought to combine lemon and arugula on pizza! Sounds amazing!

  35. Jenni Jo — July 31, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    I make this pizza all the time too! Delish!! I kick it up a notch with garlic & chili infused olive oil and a slice of avocado on each slice with just a sprinkle of sea salt. I’m going to go make one now!

  36. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 31, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    This pizza looks a tiiiiny bit better than Little Caesar’s 😉

  37. Joanne — July 31, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    This lemony cheesy topping sounds EXTRA tasty!!

  38. Nik Snacks (@NikSnacks) — July 31, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    Oh boy! I love arugula! That spicy, bitter taste really sends me over the edge. Adding some cracked black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil… wow–I’m hungry now. And I just ate dinner! lol

  39. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 1, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    Love that thin crust and fresh summery toppings!

  40. My kind of pizza! Love it!

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