Cherry Tomato, Basil and Ricotta Naan Pizza with Arugula Salad

What is it about pizza that makes it so unanimously loved? It can't be the dough, as different cultures make wildly different doughs. Or even the ingredients, there's so much variety out there!

Maybe it's the way the flavours all come together - regardless of the way it's prepared or its ingredients - that appeals to pizza lovers everywhere. Whatever the reason, this Tomato, Basil and Ricotta Naan Pizza is one of our very favourite ways to make a delicious homemade pizza in only 30 minutes!

From start to finish: | Yield: 2 servings
2 naan breads
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup, grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 pint (small pkg) cherry tomatoes
1/4 bunch / pkg basil
1/4 cup, tightly packed ricotta cheese
3 large handfuls arugula
1/2 (5 oz | 142 g) pkg
-- salt
-- black pepper
-- extra virgin olive oil
-- balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Lay 2 naan breads onto a large baking sheet.
  2. Peel and crush (or mince) 3 cloves garlic. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spoon mixture onto naans and spread out evenly.
  3. Grate 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle overtop naans.
  4. Wash 1/2 pint (small pkg) cherry tomatoes in a colander, cut into halves, and add to naans. Then add about 6 small spoonfuls of ricotta onto each pizza (about 1/4 cup overall). Put in the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Then change setting to broil and leave in the oven for an additional 2 minutes. Meanwhile...
  5. Wash 1/4 bunch/pkg basil, pick off the leaves, and slice crosswise into thin ribbons.
  6. Wash and dry 3 large handfuls (1/2 pkg) arugula in a salad spinner and transfer to a salad bowl. Alternatively, you can wash arugula in a colander, then transfer to a clean towel and pat dry.
  7. In a small bowl, mix dressing for salad by combining 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil with 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  8. Remove pizzas from oven and top with basil ribbons.
  9. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Serve pizza with salad on the side. Enjoy 1/2 for dinner and pack up leftovers for tomorrow's lunch!