We love these Pepperoni Zucchini Pizza Bites, an appetizer made with garden zucchini, pepperoni slices, basil, and tomatoes. So good!

Zucchini Pizza Bites with tomatoes and basil

Friends, we love these Zucchini Pizza Bites, an appetizer made with garden zucchini, pepperoni slices, basil, and tomatoes. So good! You can serve them as a snack, or for a quick, summery-fresh dinner! It’s a low-carb pepperoni pizza served a whole new way–on a slice of zucchini.

You may also want to try our Grilled Zucchini Burrata Chicken Salad or Halloumi Cheese and Grilled Corn Zucchini Salad. YUM!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites Recipe

Seriously, the ingredients are so simple, and what a fun way to get kids to eat zucchini. This recipe has been a favorite since 2015, when we made this with our fresh garden tomatoes and zucchini. As I sliced up zucchini to lightly fry in a pan (one side only), I made little pizzas for lunch this week. The perfect summer bite!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites Ingredients

Let’s get started with these easy ingredients:

  • Zucchini (you can use green or yellow zucchini)
  • Olive oil
  • Pizza sauce, we buy DeLallo Foods
  • Pepperoni
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Basil

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I love how you can use green or yellow zucchini! The photo above was from September 2015 when we used yellow zucchini from our garden.

how to make Zucchini Pizza Bites

How to make Mini Zucchini Pizzas – print the full recipe below

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; preheat the broiler to high.
  2. Trim the ends from the zucchini, and slice each zucchini crosswise into 24 1/2- to 3/4-inch rounds.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and cook on one side only until browned.
  4. Transfer the zucchini to the baking sheet, browned side up. Top each round with pizza sauce, a pepperoni slice, and a piece of mozzarella.
  5. Broil the zucchini until the cheese is melted.
  6. Top with a slice of fresh tomato and chopped basil.
  7. Salt if needed. Serve!

zucchini pizza bites

Are zucchini pizza bites healthy?

These mini pizzas are a low-carb option for lunch, weeknight meals, or party snacking. A little word of warning: It’s hard to stop at just one of these ooey-gooey zucchini pizza bites! 

zucchini bites

Is zucchini good on pizza?

We love this quick dinner idea, which also makes a great summer pool time snack.Remember the healthy vegetarian option, of leaving off the pepperoni and  letting the summer squash shine. You can also season the top with Italian herbs and savory seasonings.

Zucchini Pizza Bites with basil

Tips and substitutions

  • You can replace the green zucchin with yellow!
  • Want to change up the herbs? Add fresh oregano (for a true pizza flavor).
  • Make the bites vegetarian and leave off the pepperoni.
  • Replace the pepperoni with salami or other cured meats.
  • Make the pizza bites Hawaiian and add canadian bacon and fresh pineapple chunks.
  • Serve as a snack or a lunch or light snack dinner.

bite of zucchini pizza

Downsizing and wanting less stuff

As we’re working toward moving in our new fixer upper, and downsizing again, I’m reluctant to give up precious space in our house for more stuff. In fact, I really want less.

I’ve talked about this with several friends. Some are true minimalists. They get it, they don’t want it, and they don’t want to burden their kids with great-grandmother’s china (that never ever gets used). Some are so nostalgic and love the heirlooms, and cannot imagine them leaving the family. I warn them … our kids think differently than we do. The friends don’t like my words, and are in denial of this, but I see it coming …

(By the way, what is a minimalist? To sum it up, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value, and the removal of everything that distracts us from it:) I am not there at all, but I do love the “idea” of this.

I’m not saying that we get rid of everything. Our family piano means the world to us, but it gets played on a regular basis. Someone else may have a piano that’s been in the family for 100+ years and not one person plays it. How long do you hang on to these things? They are things, yes, and they do have a story. But … I go back and forth.

I’m ready to change the way I live—with less—and more of what really matters. You, too?

Enjoy these summer pizza bites today, Friends!

Happy summer!

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More zucchini recipes to try:

More zucchini recipes: Noodleless Zucchini Chicken Bowls

Summer Squash Casserole

Summer Zucchini Turkey Burgers

Zucchini Fritters  [Fifteen Spatulas]

Chocolate Zucchini Bread [Two Peas and Their Pod]

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Delicious with green or yellow zucchini, with or without pepperoni (if you want to make Vegetarian). Makes 24 bites.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced in 1/2-inch slices (24 slices)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup pizza sauce, I buy DeLallo Foods
  • 24 pieces of pepperoni, optional, if you want to make these vegetarian
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 24 pieces
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Basil

Instructions

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; preheat the broiler to high.
  • Trim the ends from the zucchini, and slice each zucchini crosswise into 24 1/2- to 3/4-inch rounds.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and cook on one side only, 4-5 minutes, until browned.
  • Transfer the zucchini to the baking sheet, browned side up. Top each round with 1/2 teaspoon of the pizza sauce, a pepperoni slice, and a piece of mozzarella.
  • Broil the zucchini until the cheese is melted, 4-5 minutes (watch the pizza bites closely, as broiler intensities vary).
  • Top with a slice of fresh tomato and chopped basil. Salt if needed. Serve!

Notes

Reposted from Sept. 2015.
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