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Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza

Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza Recipe

Grilled Caprese Naan PizzaWhen we were in Atlanta last week, we ate lunch at a restaurant a few blocks from our hotel called Naan Stop. I got a naanwich filled with chola (no, not that kind of chola) and a sweet apple-tamarind curry, which was messy, but delicious. Why are there not more naan restaurants?! There really should be.

I’m kind of convinced that naan is the new pita. You can use them both in the same ways–tear them into pieces and use them for dipping, make sandwiches with them, and use them instead of a traditional pizza crust. But what makes naan better than pitas is that now you can buy tasty naan in your local grocery store. While you can buy pitas too, so often they’re dry and tasteless. I am not a big fan of store-bought pitas, but I’m pretty crazy about naan.

Grape TomatoesGrilled Caprese Naan Pizza
I’ve used naan as a pizza crust before, but the difference in this naan pizza recipe is that this time, I grilled it first. You can do this on an outdoor grill if you have one, but I just used a cast iron grill pan–much easier! Grill both sides of the naan until it’s warmed and has nice grill marks on it, then top it with grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and drizzle the whole thing with a balsamic reduction.

This is the kind of meal I could eat all summer long. It’s not fussy, it’s simple to make, and it tastes delicious. Even if you like your caprese without tomatoes. (Yeah, that would be me.)

This post was originally published on June 10, 2013

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Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza

Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza Recipe

An easy summer pizza made with a grilled naan crust, fresh mozzarella, and grape tomatoes. Although I used a grill pan, you can also grill your naan on an outdoor grill.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 naan
  • Olive oil mister or cooking spray
  • A handful or two of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (use heirloom if you can!)
  • A handful or two of small fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine)
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil ribbons
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until syrupy and reduced to about a tablespoon, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray both sides of one naan with olive oil and place it in the pan, pressing down on the top of it with a spatula to sear. Cook on each side until just beginning to char, about 2-3 minutes. Repeat with second naan.
  3. Top each naan with tomatoes, cheese, and basil. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Cut into wedges and serve.

Notes

If you can’t find ciliegine at your grocery store, you can buy a bigger size and uses slices of it on the pizza instead.

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72 Comments

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Kiersten that looks incredible! And naan shop…what a fun idea! Gorgeous images!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

    My Mr is constantly urging me to open a naan restaurant with my creations. If I didn’t want to give up a personal life to spend all of my time at a restaurant, I would. I love how versatile that little flatbread is. Have you tried making your own? I haven’t ventured into that territory yet.

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      Kiersten
      June 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

      YOU SHOULD! I wish this place had franchises–I want one in Raleigh. And no, I haven’t tried making my own naan yet…

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    Caitlin
    June 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I live here in Atlanta and have been meaning to try Naan Stop and yet always forget when trying to figure out where to grab food!
    This pizza looks great and super simple!

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      Kiersten
      June 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

      It’s really good! Like Chipotle, for Indian food. 🙂 And they have 3 different vegetarian options–chola, dal, & paneer.

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    Martina
    June 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Yum this looks delicious – I’ve used pita bread and wraps as pizza bases before but I haven’t tried naan as a base. Great idea 🙂

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Doesn’t naan totally make for the best pizza crust?? I LOVE it! 🙂

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    Joy // For the Love of Leaves
    June 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I LOVE using naan for pizza crust!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    June 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I love this! What a great idea for naan and an easy, fresh summer meal. Thanks for sharing!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Your photos are gorgeous and caprese is my favorite salad – love to see it transformed into a pizza!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    June 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I love using naan as a pizza crust! And your pizza is gorgeous – I love every single one of these toppings!

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    Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today
    June 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Your picture appeared on my fb wall and I had to come over. It looks not only beautiful but also sooooo tempting.

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    anne |craving something healthy
    June 10, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Naan is my new favorite bread/pizza crust/dipping tool too! I’ve also discovered that it’s the perfect panini bread.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

      I love it for sandwiches! Pita bread is always so hit-or-miss when I buy it (and usually miss) that I mostly buy naan now.

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    dixya| food, pleasure, and health
    June 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    delicious. I often use naan as a base for pizza and works so well. anything relating to caprese is awesome

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    katie
    June 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I love that you used naan as the crust! This looks so fresh and just screams summer!

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    dishing up the dirt
    June 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    what a lovely pizza! love the idea of using naan as the pizza crust!

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    Corinna
    June 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I am not a big fan of tomatoes either. Some kid in kindergarden told me that the seeds were ‘fish eyes’ and I have never recovered from that comment….

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      Kiersten
      June 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Ha! That’s funny. 🙂 I like tomatoes when they’re cooked (most of the time), but they just don’t appeal to me raw.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    June 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Your naan pizzas look incredible!

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    June 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Balsamic Vinegar on mozzarella is something worth trying and the naan pizza is a fantastic idea!

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    June 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful pictures for a beautiful dish! Now I know what I want for dinner!

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    BusyWorkingMama
    June 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    So beautiful and colorful! I love this recipe.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    June 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    My goodness this looks so wonderful! I wish I had this for lunch today.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    June 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    My husband and I make naan pizzas all the time when we can’t figure out what to have for dinner! Yours look delicious!

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    June 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I totally agree – I haven’t bought pitas in ages but I buy naan all the time, it’s so versatile! Naan pizzas are one of my favourites; this version looks so fresh and light and perfect for summer!

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    Emily
    June 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I haven’t had naan in such a long time! Thank you for the great recipe, this is perfect for summer!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    June 10, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Great-looking pizza! 🙂

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    June 11, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Well, I had never heard of naan restaurants, and now I must find one. This is perfect summer food!

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