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Eat Well Wednesday: Perfect Pizza Pairing

Strawberry-Melon-Spinach SaladPizza is a favorite food for many, including myself! I love the variety of adding toppings, experimenting with sauces and trying different crusts. Going out for pizza is always a fun treat, but some nights I prefer to relax at home, pop a pizza in the oven and watch a movie. Often times, pizza night consists of, well, just pizza for the meal. One way to control your pizza intake, while still satisfying hunger, is to pair your pizza with a freshly prepared salad.  USDA’s MyPlate is a useful tool to help properly portion your pizza and make half your plate fruits and vegetables. This Strawberry-Melon-Spinach Salad combines both fruits and vegetables to make a fresh and sweet addition to your pizza plate. The delicious strawberries and fresh-cut cantaloupe mixed with crisp baby spinach tossed in a sweet orange-honey dressing will definitely satisfy your taste buds and provide added vitamins, minerals and fiber. Pair this spring salad with your own favorite pizza, or try Festival’s own Eat Well Pesto Chicken & Veggie Pizza—a take-and-bake pizza on sale this week in the deli! The Eat Well Pesto Chicken & Veggie Pizza is a combination of pesto-flavored chicken and assorted vegetables, all atop a crispy Sprouted Grain Pizza Crust. You’re probably thinking, what makes this pizza an Eat Well pizza? A serving of the Eat Well Pesto Chicken & Veggie Pizza is calorie-controlled, minimal in saturated fat, minimal in sodium and made with 100% whole grains. It is made on a thin, Sprouted Whole Grain Crust and topped with ample fresh vegetables (spinach, tomato, mushroom and red onion), along with lean protein (diced chicken). For ideas on how to build your own better pizza, check-out this previous Eat Well Wednesday blog.

Strawberry-Melon-Spinach Salad

Strawberry-Melon-Spinach Salad

Orange-Honey Dressing:

2 Tbsp. orange juice

2 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 tsp. Dijon mustard


6 cups baby spinach

1 cup cubed cantaloupe

1 cup sliced stawberries

3 medium green onions, sliced (3 Tbsp.)


  1. In tightly covered container, shake all dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, toss all salad ingredients with dressing.
  3. Enjoy with the Eat Well Pesto Chicken & Veggie Pizza or your own favorite pizza!


Guest blogger, Lauren Lindsley is a dietetic intern from Viterbo University.

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