Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza {Giveaway Post}

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 11, 2013

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Every once in a while, I forget about how much I love parmesan cheese. I know, it’s an odd thing to forget, but I’ll go weeks without a taste, and then out of nowhere, I put it on everything.

In college, my fridge was never without at least one (sometimes more than one) container of parmesan cheese, which I put on just about every dinner. My friend Ericka can back me up here, my dinners were a rotation of parmesan-tuna noodles, parmesan-lemon-chicken-noodles, chicken parmesan, and the occasional Mexican dish. Needless to say, I’ve branched out.

Usually, these days, it’s a recipe that brings me out of my parmesan lull… among other things. I’ll get to the other things in a minute. But this recipe is something that my friend Erin has been telling me about in our near-daily carpool. I put it in the back of my mind, but I had her really teach me the recipe today, and I’m so beyond glad that she did.

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Now, this is not your average salad pizza in which a pizza crust is baked and then topped with a cold salad. Those are delicious, but this… this is really something special.

It starts with a batch of my favorite perfect whole wheat pizza crust.

Then a thin layer of Caesar salad dressing (I used whichever one it was that Erin suggested).

Then a hefty helping of fresh spinach, probably about 3 cups.

Then parmesan cheese.

Then diced garlicky sautéed chicken.

Then more parmesan cheese and more caesar dressing.

About 20 minutes in a 425°F oven on the pizza stone and magic happens.

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This definitely reminded me how much I adore parmesan cheese, but the big reminder actually came a few days ago. A friend of mine got me in contact with a relatively new cheese company in the Chicago area selling new and deliciously flavored parmesan cheeses. They offered to send me a sample, and I was blown away by their generosity. We got one of each amazing flavor! We’ve been loving the garlic parmesan, and Adam has put the red pepper one on just about everything.

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Not only did they send me enough for months, but there’s a sample for one lucky reader!

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You’ll get one of each of the delicious parmesan cheeses (red pepper, parmesan/asiago/romano, parmesan/garlic, classic, parmesan/romano, and parmesan/basil/oregano) and a super-soft Mama Francesca t-shirt in your size and choice of either black or white.

Just use the rafflecopter below to enter, and you can enter a bunch of different ways! The giveaway runs from now until Wednesday, April 17.

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Good luck, and thank you to Mama Francesca for sponsoring this giveaway. They sent me the cheese, but all the opinions are my own! Don’t want to wait? You can purchase Mama Francesca at many major retailers including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Publix nationwide, and many other Illinois retailers.



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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Biz April 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

What a great idea for a pizza! Great giveaway!


Marianne April 12, 2013 at 12:57 AM

This would definitely be a boyfriend-approved dinner. I shall file this one away in the “must try” file for later :)
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barbara n April 12, 2013 at 7:29 AM

i am most excited to try the parmesan/basil/oregano


Jill Hartley April 12, 2013 at 7:38 AM

The roasted red pepper sounds amazing!!!!


Chris April 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

These look yummy! I like it spicy so I’d love to try the red pepper variety first!


Vunda V April 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

parmesan/basil/oregano sounds amazing!


marcie April 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

red pepper


Sarah April 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I can’t wait to try the parmesan/asiago/romano blend. MMMM.


rachel April 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The red pepper kind!


Jeanne April 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

The red pepper sounds amazing!


Vera K April 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I am most excited to try the parmesan/basil/oregano flavor.


Rebecca April 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Parmesan… yum. Yael and I actually like it sliced. I’ve been trying to convince Yael it isn’t polite to eat it with your fingers from the shaker.

This salad pizza looks yummy. I am going to show it to David and we’ll try a vegetarian version.


Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Red pepper sounds awesome since I always put red pepper & parm on my pizza together!!


Clare April 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM

the pizza looks AMAZING! I’d love to try out parm/garlic (seriously, how can you go wrong with that combo!)


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Christine April 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

The parmesan garlic sounds like one we’d love to try!


Jodie April 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I love this idea for a pizza! My go-to for homemade pizzas has been goat cheese, olive oil, and piled high with arugula, but I’ll definitely try this soon!


Leah April 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

All the flavors sound delicious, but I’d love to try the Parmesan/Garlic. Yum!!


Wendy April 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

These all look delish!


manda April 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Red Pepper!


Molly April 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Mmmm…parmesan/garlic would be my favorite.


Hezzi-D April 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The Parmesan Garlic sounds soooo good!


Kate April 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Parmesan garlic sounds the best to me!


Kelly April 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

My daughter calls this kind of parmesan cheese “shake cheese” because she gets to shake it onto her pasta. I’m sure she’ll love the classic one!


Jimmy Juliano April 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Sweet giveaway, and awesome layout. I’m all about the cheese – hook me up!


Shari April 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

All the flavors sound delicious.


Tabitha P. April 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM



Sara April 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The parmesan-asiago-romano sounds amazing!


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