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Meyer Lemon Basil Pizza Recipe

Basil Meyer Lemon Pizza Recipe

This pizza recipe with basil is packed with delicious garden flavors on top of melting, fresh mozzarella. It's a delightful meal, that's beautiful for a casual lunch or dinner.

*Serves 1 as an entrée and 2 to 4 as an appetizer.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword great for pizza toppings, great for a quick dinner, appetizers for sharing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 289 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • ½ pound of your favorite pizza dough (see notes)
  • cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • ¼ pound fresh Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Meyer lemon, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • coarse salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and get either a pizza pan or stone ready to use.

  2. Stretch the dough to about an 8-inch round and place it on the pan or stone. (When I use a pan, I like to lightly coat the bottom with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon -- it adds a nice crispness to the crust.)
  3. Gently press a single layer of the basil leaves directly on top of the dough, covering the entire surface.
  4. Lay the slices of fresh Mozzarella over the basil leaves -- many of the leaves may not be covered.

  5. Now distribute several lemon slices on top -- both basil leaves and cheese may not be covered.
  6. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the pizza. Evenly sprinkle with the sugar and coarse sea salt.
  7. Bake in the preheated 425°F oven until the crust becomes a golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you're not making your own pizza dough, Trader Joe's sells a dough in their refrigerated section, and I think it's quite good.

If you don't have a pizza pan or stone, you can use a baking sheet.