Whole Wheat Lemon Arugula Pizza

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I can’t believe we are already in August! The summer is getting away from me with recipe posting. I just got back from being in New York twice in one week (😳) and came home to a refrigerator that looked very sad aaaannd slightly scary. We’ve been on the go constantly this summer! And we still have 2-3 more New York trips in the next couple weeks. So I need to hop to it with some new recipes that I’ve been cookin’!

Today we are discussing SUMMER PIZZA. Heyyyooo. It’s a thing and I’m all over it!

We’ve made quite a few pizzas this summer – grilled and baked. I’m that person that throws any and every herb and vegetable on my pizza along with a handful of basil🙊.

One of my current favorite flavors with pizza has recently been lemon. This specific recipe has a lemon zest/juice, crushed pepper, and parmesan oil rub for the crust and it brings a burst of citrus, garlic, and zip to every bite you take.

To me, sometimes pizza toppings don’t bring enough flavor to the mix. So I’m all about doing a flavorful olive oil rub with herbs, garlic, and a little heat to brush the whole crust with. It’s a small but beneficially way of bringing more flavor to yo’ pizza.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you make it comment/rate below and let me know what you think. Post all your beautiful creations to Instagram and hashtag #asimplepalate – I love seeing what you make!

Whole Wheat Lemon Arugula Pizza

Servings 4


Pizza & Toppings

  • 1 store-bought whole wheat pizza dough
  • 3-4 tbsp pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup arugala
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 thin lemon slices
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Lemon Oil Rub

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Roll dough out on floured surface. I like to get it as thing as possible to get a nice crisp in the oven. Lay dough out on lightly floured pizza pan.

  2. Toss cherry tomatoes in olive oil and a pinch of salt and cook in skillet on medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until bursting and wrinkled.

  3. Add all of lemon rub ingredients into a small bowl and mix. Brush all of oil rub evenly over pizza dough. Place in oven alone and bake for 8 minutes. *Baking the crust alone helps develop a crispier pizza. 

  4. Carefully remove dough from oven. Spread pizza sauce, lay mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of arugula, cherry tomatoes, and lemon slices. Bake for an additional 5 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. Add fresh arugula on top, splash of lemon juice, and chopped fresh basil. Enjoy! 

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