Beyond Athletics

Farmer’s Market Pizza Recipe for Athletes

(Flickr - Robert Couse-Baker)

(Flickr – Robert Couse-Baker)

As I mentioned earlier this week, I took a trip to a local farmer’s market this past Saturday morning to get out of my comfort zone and check out fresh local products on-hand.

To be honest, I can’t tell you how enjoyable it was – I think I may have a new weekend tradition.

One of my biggest scores from the farmer’s market was a “Farmer’s Market Pizza” recipe passed along to me at the homemade pesto booth. From there I collected the rest of the veggies the recipe called for, grabbed a whole wheat pizza crust at the grocery store, and whipped up the recommended “pie” for dinner.

It was delicious – and really super easy – so I’m thrilled it passed my “taste, easy prep, low-calorie test” and I can pass it along to you with flying colors!

Pizza recipe for athletes

Ingredients (* denotes easy farmer’s market find)

  • *4 small plum tomatoes
  • *1 cup sliced mushroom
  • *¾ cup fresh corn kernels (3 ears of corn from the market, stripped from the cob)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • *1/3 cup pesto
  • *¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • *8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh whole or torn basil leaves
  • 1 (14oz) pre-baked whole wheat pizza crust
  • Parchment paper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place tomato slices and mushroom slices on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Place pizza crust on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; spread with pesto. Stir together corn, Parmesan, and sugar. Top pizza with corn mixture, tomatoes, mushrooms, and mozzarella slices.
  3. Bake at 450° for 14 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Remove from oven, and top with basil leaves.

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About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.