Simple Lemon Dressing

The boys and I have been enjoying grilling pizza on our pizza nights, and one of my favorite pizza toppings is salad greens. It sounds silly, I know.  I keep the toppings pretty minimal for this and go with cheese or pesto, and pile the salad right on top.  And just like the pizza itself, I keep the salad simple too.

Let’s get to it.


I begin with extra virgin olive oil. Making this right in a glass measuring cup.


Adding to it, lemon zest and lemon juice.


And then, salt and pepper to taste. It doesn’t get much easier. Whisking it all together.

For the greens, I prefer arugula with both pizza and this dressing because I like the peppery flavor, but you can pick anything!  I add to the arugula a handful of parsley leaves.


And shaved grana padano for garnish.  (I prefer to buy a block, and use a vegetable peeler and shave it as needed.)

Just before serving, I add the dressing.

One slice of pizza coming up!

Simple Lemon Dressing
Makes enough dressing for four salads (I always have leftovers and this keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for a few weeks.)

1/2 extra virgin olive oil
zest of 2 lemons
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper

In a glass bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice and zest.  Add the salt and pepper.  Taste for flavor, adding salt and pepper if needed.

Mix into your favorite greens, I recommend arugula.
Garnish options include:
favorite herbs such as parsley, basil, or oregano
grana padano, parmesan, goat cheese, feta

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