Corn Zucchini Lime Pizza

For a good year, Casey worked close to the amazing/prolific Arizmendi Bakery. Not only are their pastries, muffins & cookies TO DIE FOR, they make the most fabulous/unconventional pizza with the craziest, most exotic toppings; it's fancy pizza! We created a tradition where every other Thursday, he'd call me and tell me what the pizza of the day was and nine times out of ten, he'd bring one home. I'd fire up the oven after hanging up and eagerly anticipated heating up the pizza and slicing into it.

corn zucchini lime pizza

One of the best pizzas he came home with was a wonderful corn, feta, lime & cilantro pizza that had slices of jalapeno scattered throughout. It tasted just like summer. Casey changed jobs, and sadly Arizmendi pizza has been out of our rotation. That hasn't prevented me from thinking about their pizza constantly. Before bed the other night, this pizza popped into my head and I seriously lost sleep over it. I woke up the next morning plagued with the NEED to make it. I fulfilled that need and if given the chance, I would have eaten the entire pizza myself. Thank heavens for husbands who come home early from work and neighbors who will try anything I make.

corn zucchini lime pizza

The corn is sweet and crunchy, the feta is salty and slightly creamy, the cilantro adds a nice herbal greenness to the pizza and the slices of jalapeno add great heat. Squeeze lime on top and all of the flavors step up a notch! This pizza is truly addictive, earth shattering and seriously the best way to exploit fresh corn right now. I can honestly say this is a pizza worth losing sleep over.

And we're off!

It all starts off with you making dough. You'll find a step by step recipe here.
OK now that your dough is done, get your ingredients together. It's time to SLICE!

corn zucchini lime pizza

With a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice up onions, jalapenos, zucchini & take the corn off the cob.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Grab a ball of pizza dough and spread it out on an oiled baking sheet.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Put the zucchini & corn in a bowl and toss with a little olive oil. Set aside.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Scatter the toppings on your pizza.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Top with cilantro, Parmesan, salt, pepper & red pepper flakes. Off to the oven it goes!

corn zucchini lime pizza

HELLO AMAZING PIZZA! Squeeze some lime on top. A whole lime. Get into it.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Look at that corner.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Serve with olive oil drizzled on top and some lime wedges. Add a little feta & some cilantro too.

corn zucchini lime pizza

Now... who wants to compete in a pizza eating contest with me?

Corn Zucchini Lime Pizza

Makes 1 13x18 pizza

(recipe for dough recipe from My Bread, by Jim Lahey /pizza recipe inspired by Arizmendi's Cheese Board Collective)

  • pizza dough (half of this recipe)
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn (cooked or uncooked)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, torn
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • juice of 1 lime

Preheat oven to 500F. Put zucchini & corn in a bowl. Toss with olive oil and set aside.

Oil a 13x18 inch rimmed baking sheet liberally with good extra virgin olive oil. Then gently plop the dough on the pan and stretch and press it out to the edges. If it springs back wait five minutes and then proceed. The dough is very thin. If it tears, piece it back together.

Top the pizza dough with zucchini, corn, red onion, jalapeno, Parmesan and scatter feta and torn cilantro leaves on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper. Cook for 20-25 minutes in the oven. Evenly squeeze lime juice on top of the pizza, add fresh cilantro and a spoonful of feta on top. Serve!

Shutterbean Notes:

-Here's the deal with this pizza. Add whatever amount of toppings you like. This list is just a suggestion. If you like it more spicy, add more jalapenos. I had only 1 ear of corn leftover from grilling the other night and it wasn't enough. It produced less than a cup of corn. I'd say go heavy on the corn. It's excellent!

-The recipe for dough I used was the awesome no-knead recipe I posted earlier this year. It makes two big rectangular pizzas, and the toppings I've given you are for the amount of one pizza. You can always pop the extra dough in the freezer and freeze up to three months. You could let it hang out in your fridge for two days max and make another pizza. I decided to make Cooper his own plain pizza for the week & I'm freezing the leftovers!

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  • August 25, 2011

    What an epic combination of flavours, it looks like summer!

  • August 25, 2011

    Oh tracy, that corner! I can even hear the crunch in my head... (sigh)

  • jenny
    August 25, 2011

    what is it about your recipes, tracy? I read them and am filled with a desire to make them RIGHT THIS MINUTE. good thing the farmer's market is this afternoon so I can grab some corn. I think I can hold off on eating this 'til tonight. :)

    • jenny
      September 4, 2011

      oh my heavens. finally had the opportunity to make this and it was SUBLIME. sadly, my oven must run a bit hot because the crust got a touch darker than I would have found optimal...but oh wow. oh wow oh wow. I will be making this again!!

  • Christina
    August 25, 2011

    WOW! This is the first pizza recipe I've seen that's made me really want to make my own. Maybe it's the lack of tomato.... or the coriander.... or the lime....or the feta, so many good things! Good work Tracy!

    • August 25, 2011

      Thanks!!! You should try it!

  • Kim
    August 25, 2011

    This looks amazing!!

  • August 25, 2011

    I am Italian. I usually don't like exotic pizzas. I am Italian, you know. But this is AMAZING. It is. Oh, yeah.

    • August 25, 2011

      You're Italian...which means you can eat a whole pizza. Right??!!! I always blame that on being Italian (myself)

  • August 25, 2011

    I can see what you mean when you say it is the taste of summer! What a fabulous combination. Thank you for passing on the inspiration!

  • August 25, 2011

    Cheese board pizza over here in Berkeley makes the same pizza! So very delicious! Good job recreating it :)

    • August 25, 2011

      ooooh. I might have to try know...for research....

  • August 25, 2011

    my mouth is watering! all my faves on a pizza? may have to try with mushrooms added too

  • gabriella
    August 25, 2011

    Tracy, if you ever find yourself on Valencia and 24th, you must try the new(ish) Arizmendi Valencia location. A dear friend and master baker works there and it's on my walk home from work, and I must say the just make heaven. Every day. Heaven in your mouth. (Try the banana muffins or any of their daily slices and you will understand. For reals.) I know it's hard to resist Papalote at that corner but dammit, Tracy, you can do both, I believe in you.

    And this pizza looks tremendous, I cannot wait to try making it!

    • August 25, 2011

      Noted. on my list now. I used to go to the one in the Inner Sunset when I lived in the city....i have a thing for their cheese bread. Oh man! And the one in San Rafael (where Casey used to work) had THE BEST oatmeal raisin cooks I've ever had in my life.
      It would be awesome if there was one in the south bay...but I would be in REAL trouble. Seriously.

  • August 25, 2011

    I LOVE Arizmendi's sister pizzeria, The Cheeseboard, located in Berkeley. This combination looks absolutely amazing....will definitely try this out the next time I make homemade pizza!

  • christina
    August 25, 2011

    This looks tasty. I will definitely be making this. I am lucky I live three blocks from the Arizmendi in the Inner Sunset. I have a thing for their cheese rolls and pizza!!

  • Kate
    August 25, 2011

    I have dough left over in my freezer from a caramelized onion tart, I am totally using it for this pizza.

    • September 17, 2013

      You're on top of the game. Thanks for shangri.

  • August 25, 2011

    Sounds like you need to come hang with me in my hood sometime! We'll get pizza! ;)

  • August 25, 2011

    i wantttt.

  • August 25, 2011

    Wicked idea. Weird, but wicked.

  • Lauren
    August 26, 2011

    This sounds like it's right up my alley. I can only eat homemade pizza (olive oil allergy), and I have yet to make a "normal" pizza. I may have to try this craziness!

  • August 26, 2011

    This looks AMAZING, can't wait to try it. I LOVE the lime addition at the end.

  • August 26, 2011

    This looks amazing!

  • August 26, 2011

    whoa! all of these delicious ingredients. together. on one pie? yummm can't wait to give it a try! thanks for the recipe!

  • Jes
    August 26, 2011

    ...I seriously bookmark every post you put up. You inspire me to be more creative with my cooking! LOVE your blog!

  • roxy
    August 26, 2011

    I love this pizza! We have lived in four different apartments in the bay area - SF, Oakland, and Berkeley - and in every apartment we've been mere blocks away from either Arizmendi or the Cheeseboard. We're starting to think it's some sort of subconscious prerequisite for our housing search. This pizza is my favorite of theirs - I always get excited when it's on the menu.

    (As a side note, once some friends and I were eating this very pizza on the grassy median in front of the Cheeseboard when a bird pooped on us! And...well....we continued eating the pizza even though we were only 80% sure that there was no poop on it. THAT'S how good this pizza is. Well worth the 20% risk of bird poop.)

  • Mary Ellen
    August 27, 2011

    Saw this recipe early this week and was looking for an excuse to try it. Got my excuse tonight for a BBQ/pot luck.

    People LOVED it. Loved the dough, loved the toppings. Holy god, it was so good.

  • August 27, 2011

    I couldn't wait to try this!! Thanks so much for posting it! Yum yum yummmm

    Here is a picture of my randition!

  • August 28, 2011

    That sounds so tangy and a bit odd! But for some reason, I can really see those flavours work! Too bad none of the pizza restaurants in my area are that inspired/inspiring.


  • August 28, 2011

    What an awesome flavour combo! I hope you don't mind I posted this on my blog - but linked your site as well. Thanks so much for the idea - made this tonight. I used a different dough recipe (Wolfgang Puck one), it's our favorite. Will definately be a repeat meal in our house. Love your blog by the way. Thanks!

  • August 28, 2011

    Simpatico combination of flavors.
    Happy to find your blog through TasteSpotting.

  • August 30, 2011

    So many of my favorite things are on this pizza. Must. Try. Soon! Thanks for a fantastic idea. :D

  • Erin
    August 30, 2011

    i was a Co. a few weeks ago and their special was something very similar to this! it was awesome. very fitting that the dough recipe is jim lahey...

  • September 3, 2011

    I just made this (minus the jalapenos because i didn't have any on hand!) and I must say it was amazing! I was so excited to try these flavors together and it turned out to be so delicious! Thank you for the inspiration and sharing the recipe! =]

  • Michelle
    September 5, 2011

    I follow your blog regularly and have made quite a few of your brilliant recipes but this is hands down the best thing I have ever made. It's easy, it's unique and the flavors are phenomenal together! Thanks for sharing!!

  • September 7, 2011

    Gorgeous. It looks delicious. Love the summer vegetable ideas combined with feta and the heat from red pepper and jalapeno. Definitely going to have to try this out. Wouldn't change a thing. ~ Thanks for sharing, Tom

  • Melissa
    September 10, 2011

    I just made this tonight, it was great. When I make it again I think I will try out your pizza dough recipe. The dough I had wouldn't get thin enough. Didn't matter though, I ate too many slices anyway.

    • September 11, 2011

      oh! You should try this dough then. It's really really simple & good.

  • September 19, 2011

    Ok I just adore your uncommon food combos. They scream "try me!" I included this (and you) in my weekly menu:
    Thanks for always delivering the goods :)

    • September 19, 2011

      What a nice little roundup! You are gonna eat GREAT this week!

  • September 22, 2011

    Good lord, I need to make this. There is a zucchini in my fridge and all of the other produce is still kicking away at the grocery store!

  • October 6, 2011

    this looks like such a great recipe to make for a party!!

  • Kelli
    October 8, 2011

    Tracy this pizza was amazing!! It's definitely going into my pizza rotation.

  • Shanan
    March 4, 2012

    Sorry to be late to the party, but I had to comment on this awesome pizza. We finished a backyard remodel just as summer was beginning here in Australia and this was what I made for our first dinner on the patio. I loved it so much I have made it every other week since (I would make it weekly but my husband is not in love with fetta as much as I am). Just wanted to give a shout out to an awesome recipe.

  • Hilary
    August 8, 2012

    This is my FAVORITE cheeseboard pizza

  • Kate
    August 8, 2012

    I finally made this tonight and oh my god it is one of the best pizzas I've ever made. Such a perfect combination of flavours. This is definitely going on regular rotation!

    • Tracy
      August 8, 2012

      HOOOOORAY!!! I need to make it this week. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Ally
    August 11, 2013

    So amazingly delicious, so different from the usual....delicious light and summery flavors!

  • Megan
    September 8, 2013

    My first pizza dough too! So proud ... and it even tasted good.

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