My Mom’s Veggie Pizza.
I bet you’re shocked that I’m taking it back to 1995. Hellllllo veggie pizza!
Veggie pizza from 1995. This is how we do it!
Every year around the 4th of July, I get super into retro recipes that we always used to have when I was a kid.
Things like this fruit pizza! And this fruit dip. And now… this veggie pizza.
PLEASE tell me that you’ve had veggie pizza! And not, like, hot vegetable pizza from a pizza oven. Like, cold veggie pizza made with crescent rolls and cream cheese and RAW vegetables on top.
This was literally the only way I’d eat veggies when I was a kid. Freaking raw vegetables.
I think this is the best answer to “please just bring a veggie tray.”
FYI this is about 54 times better than a plain old veggie tray. You will be loved!
I made a few… hmm… how do I say this? Upgrades, if you will.
Wait wait. Not upgrades. That makes me sound like a horrific brat. UPDATES. Yes. Updates. I made updates.
Just a few updates to the veggie pizza from the 90s. At least, for me it was in the 90s. For all I know, maybe this first started in the 70s?
Still used the crescent roll dough, because it’s easy but also SO good. It’s like a flaky delicious pie crust without the work.
For the base filling though? Oooooh this is where it’s going to get good.
I used a combo of mascarpone cheese and greek yogurt. Tons of spices for a little homemade ranch seasoning.
It’s absolutely delicious, almost like a savory frosting. You’ll want to eat it with a spoon. Swear.
The toppings got a little facelift too.
Way back when, we would do raw broccoli, red or green peppers, carrots and black olives. Personally, I think those are some polarizing veggies right there by themselves!
I added a few more to make it seem like a big delicious salad on a pizza. Still all raw. Maybe more polarizing options (hello radish) but also some delish summertime things (hello cherry tomatoes) and then I threw a giant toss of fresh herbs on top.
This is SUCH a delish 4th of July party idea. You keep it in the fridge before serving, but it holds up fairly well (I mean, better than you’d expect!) in heat. And the leftovers are TOPS.
And I mean, vegetables! It’s full of health. Good for us.
My Mom’s Veggie Pizza
- 2 8-ounce rolls of crescent roll dough
- 12 ounces mascarpone cheese softened
- 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt full fat or 2%
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 2 large carrots spiralized (or chopped or grated)
- 1 cup diced bell peppers red, green, yellow, etc
- 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup sliced radish
- 1/4 cup torn fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Press the crescent roll dough into a 9x13 inch pan so it's in a single layer. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely.
- In a large bowl, stir together the mascarpone, yogurt, oregano, dill, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper until combined. Once mixed, spread it all over the cooled crescent roll dough. Add all the veggies on top: the broccoli, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, olives, onions, radish, fresh dill, basil, oregano and chives. Sprinkle the entire thing with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the pizza for at least 1 hour before serving.
- When ready to serve, cut into squares.
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43 Comments on “My Mom’s Veggie Pizza.”
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Yay for veggie pizza and for evoking memories of my 7-year-old self in 1995! :)
Yes, this takes me back as it was the first recipe I ever made! I found it in one of those Kraft magazines! :-) Thanks for updating it! ;-)
Oh my gosh I had totally forgotten about this!! This was my favorite “fancy” snack at other people’s houses when I was in middle school, and I had no idea how it was made. I can’t wait to make it!
Wow, so delicious looking!! I always thought that pizza was a health food :D Just stuff with veggies
haha love it!
Can’t wait to try this, looks so fresh and delicious!!
:) thanks julie!
Oh my gawsh! I haven’t thought about this in forever! This used to be one of my favorite things to eat at family picnics. I had completely forgotten about this! I may need to recreate this for nostalgia.
that’s how i felt too when i remembered it!
I’ve always LOVED this dish at family picnics! Totes making this for the 4th this year.
yesss right! so good.
Not sure how far this goes back, but I’ve been making since mid-80’s! So yeah…..another reminder I’M OLD! Your fresh herbs and additional veggies are definitely an upgrade from the packet of ranch dressing mix we always used! :)
haha amazing!! xoxo
I was going to say that my mom made it all the time in the 80’s too. It’s totally nostalgic for me, too.
Yes! We made this at camp in the 90s! Such happy memories!
love that!! xo
I was born in 1990 and have ZERO memory of anything like this from my childhood. I’m going to have to ask my mom if she remembers anything like this from all the birthday parties she used to take me to!
I am cracking up at how much you sound like you’re trying not to offend your mom in this post! your “updates” sound delicious and now I have to make this for the 4th – thank you for sharing!!
hahaha!! she will think it’s blasphemy… these things i changed. bahaha.
I think this must just be an American thing as we didn’t have this growing up, it sounds delicious though! I’ve got to get my kids on board with normal pizza first but will bookmark this until they’re a bit older 😄
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Oh my gosh yes!! I LOVED my mom’s veggie pizza and I was always so pumped when she made it. Except when it had a big “do not eat!” label in the fridge because it was for something the next day. But the leftovers were fantastic too! And we always had a ton!
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My mother in law still makes a vegetable pizza as an “appetizer” for every holiday (non updated though-straight broccoli, carrots and cauliflower 🤣) I always wondered if it was a pittsburgh thing but since lots of others commented it must not be!
I love this variation on pizza!! Sometimes I feel like making my own pizza dough, and sometimes I’m just too lazy to let something rise and/or get flour all over the kitchen, haha. I love that this kind of pizza requires SO much less prep!
Omg yes! My aunt makes this and fruit pizza ALL THE TIME and I’m not mad about it. Love the addition of radishes too! Might have to mix it up and do watermelon radishes too bc they’re so damn pretty. Can’t wait to try!!
This is SO much better than a boring old veggie tray!
This must be a northern thing because I’m your age and we never had this when I was growing up. But, I hated all veggies as a kid, so I wouldn’t have eaten it anyway. Now, though, it looks delish!
I used to love when my mom’s friends made this. Made it for my book club (sans your fabulous updates) a few months ago and everyone went crazy for it. Can’t wait to try this version!
My best friends mom used to make this too and I was OBSESSED. So glad you swung it back to the 90’s!! :D
oooo yes! i used to love when my mom would make this! this and ham roll ups, ha! they were my absolute fave (just ham and cream cheese).
love this one. Is it completely vegan?
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I recently made this for an adult pool party and it was consumed at a speed which cannot be described. It was SO GOOD. I omitted dill because I personally hate dill.
Every HSE recipe is the best – this will be part of my summer party rotation for sure!