grilled flatbread with ricotta, arugula and peas

This flatbread is the epitome of spring. A chewy, charred flatbread is topped with sweet creamy ricotta, peppery green salad and crunchy vegetables for a light and filling spring meal.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


grilled flatbread

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

lemon vinaigrette

  • juice and zest of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp juice)
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

salad topping

  • 2 cups arugula, washed and patted dry
  • 2 cups microgreens, washed and patted dry
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 15 oz whole milk ricotta (1 3/4 cup)


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add flour, salt and yeast and whisk together by hand. Pour in the water and olive oil and stir together with a wooden spoon until a shaggy mass forms. Turn on the mixer and knead 3- 4 minutes on medium speed, or until a smooth, slightly tacky dough forms.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball by using both hands to pull sides of dough underneath the ball until smooth. Place the dough ball in a greased bowl, cover with a dish towel, and let rise until doubled in size, 30- 60 minutes.
  3. Preheat the grill on high heat until smoking hot, about 600°F. Drizzle olive oil on two baking sheets and spread around with a pastry brush or fingers, and set aside.
  4. Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 4 pieces. Working one at a time on an un-floured surface, gently press and stretch the dough into a long, freeform rectangle (oil your hands if the dough is sticking). Try to get it as thin as possible without tearing the dough. Place on the oiled baking sheet and repeat with remaining 3 balls of dough. Drizzle olive oil on the top sides of the dough.
  5. When the grill is hot, toss flatbreads onto the grill and cook until golden brown and charred in spots, about 3- 4 minutes per side. While flatbreads are still hot, brush them with additional olive oil and set aside while you finish the salad topping.
  6. To make the dressing, whisk together lemon juice, zest, vinegar, honey and olive oil in a glass jar or pitcher until combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, toss the arugula, microgreens, peas and cucumber with half the dressing. Taste and add more dressing if needed. Spread each flatbread with a fourth of the ricotta (a little less than 1/2 cup), then divide the salad evenly over top. Serve immediately, with additional dressing on the side.


Flatbreads are best eaten the day they're grilled.


Keywords: grilled flatbread, flatbread salad