I live in Wisconsin, the dairy state.  Perhaps you’ve heard that we are known as the dairy state.  However there are some disturbing TV commercials that try to claim that happy cows are in California, ergo California should be the new dairy state.  It’s a bit of a controversy.  So I’m calling this pizza the settlement pizza because it’s the marriage of California and Wisconsin.  Featuring Lindsay’s California Green Natural olives and Wisconsin-made Queso Fresco cheese, this thin crust pizza makes a great appetizer pizza or main dish when served with a green salad.


  • 1 tomato skin removed
  • 4-5 garlic scapes trimmed (or 5 garlic cloves)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
Pizza Dough and Toppings
  • 1 can Lindsay Olives Green Naturals sliced
  • 3-4 oz Wisconsin Queso Fresco crumbled
  • store-bought pizza dough (or your favorite homemade version)


To make the pizza sauce put all of the sauce ingredients into a food processor.  It is a thin sauce so don’t be afraid if it’s not thick like a traditional sauce.

I used a stone baking pan but you can use what you have.  If baking in the oven a cookie sheet will do the trick.  If you’re going to grill it I recommend using  a stone baking pan or pizza pan.

Next chop up your olives.  I used only green but you can use a combination of green and black.  You’ll want to use plenty of them!

Crumble the queso fresco all over the top of it.  The amount of cheese you use is really up to you.  I like lots, you might not – that’s ok too.

Then put in a preheated 375F oven until the crust is baked and the cheese is bubbly and browned on top (should take about 20-25 minutes).  If you’re grilling, I recommend doing it on a charcoal grill that is still hot.  It will take longer on the grill but the pizza will have an added smoky flavor.  Make sure before putting in the grill that your pan will fit (guilty of not doing this). Again you’re looking for a baked crust with a bubbly cheese top.

Taa daa!!!  There it is!  Cut into slices and serve while still hot.  You won’t even miss not having meat on it.

Are you enjoying these olive-licios recipes?  I’d love to hear some of your favorites!!  I hope that you’ll join me on Monday August 1st at 8 Central time for a twitter chat talking about your favorite summer entertaining recipes using olives.  I’ll have some great questions and trivia planned.   Please leave a comment and let me know if you’ll be able to make it!  We’ll be tweeting under the hashtag #olivesummer