Fig & Ricotta Flatbread Pizza

Gluten Free Fig & Ricotta Flatbread Pizza

It’s possible that I’ve been going a little salad crazy around here lately. Jack has brought it to my attention that we may have one too many salad recipes on the site. So this week, I’m changing things up: first pasta and now pizza. Because sometimes we all need to live a little and just say yes to a few carbs.

So last Sunday night when I announced “pizza night!,” I got a thumbs up from Jack. When I said “it’s gluten free pizza night!!!!” he gave me a look.

Gluten Free Fig & Ricotta Flatbread Pizza / @loveandlemons

I knew Pamela’s pizza crust would be good (like I mentioned before, all of my gluten friends swear by their flours), but even Jack was surprised how gluten-full it tasted. The dough is very sticky to work with (you won’t be tossing it into the air). We carefully formed it, partially baked it and then grilled it. The edge was crispy, the middle was chewy… you’d never know this crust was made with brown rice and other whole grains.

Gluten Free Fig & Ricotta Flatbread Pizza / @loveandlemons

Figs just showed up at our farmers market so I did a flatbread-style pizza with creamy ricotta, juicy figs, pesto, arugula, pistachios and balsamic. (Basically a really good salad on a pizza!). I’m so excited about this salty-sweet ingredient combo that I figured out how to make an animated gif to demo it for you:

Gluten Free Fig & Ricotta Flatbread Pizza / @loveandlemons

Technically, this recipe should serve 3, maybe 4. That night, it served two. We had a hard time not devouring every slice before we were done with the photos…

Gluten Free Fig & Ricotta Flatbread Pizza

fig & ricotta flatbread pizza

Serves: makes 2 personal-sized pizzas (serves 2-3)
for the pizza crust:
  • 2 cups Pamela's Pizza Crust Mix
  • (yeast is included in the mix)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup gluten free cornmeal
  • olive oil, to brush on the crust
  • ⅔ cup ricotta
  • 1 cup sliced figs
  • a few dollops of pesto
  • a handful of arugula
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, toasted & crushed
  • drizzle of honey (optional)
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 475. Mix the pizza dough according to package directions. Use a little cornmeal to help form the dough into (about) 2 10-inch pizzas. Since the dough is sticky, we put it between 2 pieces of parchment and rolled the crusts out with a rolling pin.
  2. Partially bake them (on parchment) for 8-10 minutes or until they're cooked in the middle and cohesive enough to lift off in one piece. Brush with olive oil and grill for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  3. Top grilled flatbreads with ricotta, sliced figs, a few dollops of pesto, arugula, pistachios, honey, and balsamic vinegar (or balsamic reduction).
  4. Optional step: make a balsamic reduction by simmering vinegar over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir frequently until it's evaporated into about half the amount you started with.
Vegan option: skip the ricotta (and the honey), and spread a layer of pesto instead.


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  1. Love the animated gif! And no, I don’t think you can have too many salad recipes. They’re so versatile and lend themselves to adding leftovers like grains, lentils, and beans to make a full meal. But regardless, this flatbread is to die for. I love figs and always try to find special ways to celebrate them. This is perfect!

  2. Alanna from

    That pizza is insane! Love the salty/sweet combination and the gorgeous colors. I’ll have to try that dough mix as it looks perfectly pillowy and delicious. Thanks!

  3. Isadora from

    ohh, I’ll have to keep an eye out for that gluten free crust. A good gluten free crust can be hard to come by. I just had my first fig ever the other day and I loved them! I also love pizza, ricotta, pesto, and arugula, so I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  4. Lindsey from

    Yum! This looks amazing. We just tried a flatbread that had peaches on it last week – looks like figs are next up!

  5. Bita from

    This is a great idea for fig season! Ricotta, figs, and honey! I might try it on some crostini too 🙂

  6. Oh wow this looks absolutely delicious!!
    I love figs, and I love pizza. The fact that it’s gluten free make sit perfect!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  7. Leah from

    Talk about a dream combination and that GIF – good lord, I am drooling over here!!

  8. Saska from

    Oh this looks so tasty! Figs are soo nice, great with a salad and the ricotta. Gonna try this out one day when I’ve friends over!

  9. Gosh this pizza looks so delicious. I have never before used figs on pizza. Looking forward to trying this soon!!

  10. Cheryl from

    Oh my goodness, this is just beautiful. Looks positively delicious. And the GIF makes me so happy! Can’t wait for my figs to come in to make this

  11. Maryna from

    Mmm….I love pizza. But in such variant I love it even more! ricotta+pesto+figs can make magic!

  12. oh dang girl, this is pretty. i am pitching this to nick for friday’s pizza night!

  13. Thank goodness for your blog and all the alternative breads you do. My sister is gluten sensitive and I know her fave food is pizza. This looks so good that I have to make it for her. Thank you for the beautiful recipe.

  14. pizza is the thing that i miss most being GF and i have yet to find a GF pizza crust i like — i am definitely going to try this!

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