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Tuna-melt pizza

Chavi Feldman

Guilt-free! Protein-packed pizza makes a balanced meal

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Food and prop styling by Renee Muller

Photography by Moishe Wulliger

Whenever I serve pizza for supper, I always feel that it’s not really a well-balanced meal, because there isn’t enough “real” protein involved. Problem solved! Adding a layer of tuna salad to this homemade dough not only makes this pizza delicious but also provides the benefit of sneaking in the missing protein, creating a truly nutritious meal


Yields 1 large pizza pie; 8 slices

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 packet (2¼ tsp) dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cups flour

  • 2 7-oz (200-g) cans solid white albacore
  • tuna in water
  • 6 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 1 Tbsp sliced scallions

  • 1½ cups shredded pizza cheese (mozzarella and cheddar)
  • 1 cup diced red, orange, and green pepper
  • ½ 8-oz (225-g) can sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • salt, for sprinkling
  • cooking spray


Combine water and sugar in a mixer bowl. Dissolve yeast in the mixture. Let stand 5 minutes. Add salt and oil. Add flour; blend in until it forms a soft dough. Spray with cooking spray, cover with a towel, and allow to rise for 25–30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare tuna salad: Mash tuna well with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, milk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and mix well until smooth. Add celery and scallions and mix gently until combined. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Spray a 16-inch (40-cm) pizza pan with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper. Spread dough with fingers over pan to just less than 1 inch (2 cm) from the edge, leaving the dough a bit higher, about 1 inch from the edge to form the crust.

Spread tuna salad over the dough up until the raised edge. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepper, mushrooms, and onion. Sprinkle with salt and spray entire pizza top, including the crust, lightly with cooking spray. Place in the center of the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Slice into 8 wedges.

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