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Ciabatta Pizza with Tahini Balsamic Drizzle

30 min




This recipe is like a hybrid between pizza and bruschetta, and it's delicious. It's also incredibly simple to make. Add whichever veggies you'd like, and enjoy!



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Pizza sauce

  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    passata sauce
  • ¼ cup (66 g)
    tomato paste
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper

Pizza assembly

  • 1
    large ciabatta loaf
  • 12
    kalamata olives, halved
  • 10
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2.6 oz (75 g)
    button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ½
    red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼
    small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1

Tahini balsamic sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). In a medium bowl, mix together the pizza sauce ingredients.
  2. Slice the ciabatta open and place it on a baking tray. Spread this sauce onto the bread.
  3. Arrange the veggies, except for the arugula, on top. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the tahini, water, and balsamic in a small bowl.
  5. Drizzle the tahini sauce over the cooked pizza, top with arugula, slice, and enjoy!


  • passata sauce is a 100% tomato-based, strained puree.


  • Enjoy immediately.
  • If leftovers remain, reheat in the oven (without the arugula) before serving again.
  • You can also make this recipe in advance and freeze (without the arugula or tahini balsamic sauce). To prepare, simply defrost and bake in the oven; when finished add the drizzle and arugula.

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Plate method

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Grains & Starches 72%

large ciabatta loaf

Proteins 1%

nutritional yeast flakes


Fruits & Veggies 27%

passata sauce

tomato paste

clove garlic

kalamata olive

cherry tomato

button mushrooms

red bell pepper

small red onion


No significant sources of calcium

kalamata olive


Nutrition info

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Tori - March 18, 2024, 1:08 a.m.

Soooooo damn good

Diana - June 12, 2023, 2:48 p.m.

The pizza recipe is so sweet! How do we balance this sweetness? We'll try adding pickles next time.

PUL Team - June 12, 2023, 4:30 p.m.

Hey Diana, the olives and mushrooms help balance out this recipe - did you happen to skip these? Some other savoury ideas are red onions, roasted garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. You could also experiment with a squeeze of lemon juice which is acidic or some crushed red chili flakes for some spice 😊

Diana - June 26, 2023, 4:14 a.m.

Just an update - for leftovers, I loaded them up with even more veggies and did add pickles. Really helped a ton!

Linda - Oct. 25, 2021, 12:56 a.m.

A super easy but satisfying lunch. My kids loved making their own pizza.
I wonder if you have any suggestion for replacing tahini in sauces please? I have tried it several times in this and other sauces but just don’t like the flavour.

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 5:01 a.m.

Hey there, Linda, so fun that your little ones make their own! Tahini can sometimes have a rich nutty flavour which isn't for everyone. We can generally substitute tahini for another nut or seed butter if desired, such as almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter. We hope this helps for now ✨

Linda - Oct. 26, 2021, 7:26 a.m.

Thank you, I’ll try some of those alternatives. The pizza base sauce is delicious in this recipe.

Jas - Aug. 2, 2021, 12:09 a.m.

Yet again such a great recipe!! Tried this today and loved it. It has a nice crunch at the bottom due to focaccia and the sauce adds such an amazing flavor. Loved that it had greens and so much veggies and yet it's so tasty. Thanks for creating and sharing this recipe💛

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 7:12 a.m.

Thank you, Jas, for the wonderful review and feedback! We're so happy you enjoyed the pizza 😊

Charlotte - July 20, 2021, 12:53 p.m.

I return to this recipe again and again as it simple and delicious! The tahini drizzle works so well with the combo of toppings and I think the olives are a must! I eat a gluten free diet and cannot find GF focaccia so instead I make a slightly thicker version of the base from the BBQ Cauliflower Pizza recipe. It works a treat! Learning that pizza can be just as good, if not better without cheese, is all thanks to discovering PUL!!

PUL Team - July 20, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

Super interesting idea to use the base of the BBQ cauliflower pizza PUL recipe! Thanks a bunch for sharing, Charlotte 🤩

Riley - July 10, 2021, 4:46 p.m.

Super satisfying to bite in to! You get the crunch of the outside of the bread, the sponginess of the bread/tomato base and then the sweetness of the capsicum, punctuated by an olive. Drooling just thinking about it. Family fav :)

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 4:33 p.m.

Oh, Riley, thank you for the glowing review! So happy your family is enjoying it :)