This delicious authentic Greek pizza is called Ladenia and comes from the island of Kimolos. It is a fantastic vegan pizza with a bread-like crust and few ingredients like tomatoes, onions, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil.

A Ladenia-vegan greek pizza on a pizza peel and a cloth napkin.

What is Ladenia?

Ladenia or olive oil pie is an easy, traditional Greek pizza recipe from the island of Kimolos. The recipe was created with Venetian influences. The island was under Venetian rule in the Middle Ages. The recipe was based on the few products produced by Kimolos at the time.

It is a vegan pizza since it has no cheese. It is also perfect for Greek Lent with the absence of dairy and animal products.

Side view of A Ladenia-vegan greek pizza on a pizza peel and a cloth napkin.

In Greece, we love dipping bread to our salad; it is such a treat. The juice from the tomatoes and onions, mixed with olive oil, is a bite made in heaven. We call it “papara,” which means soaked, as in bread soaked in the liquid. This is what this pizza reminds me of when I eat it. A delicious little bite of crusty bread dipped in my greek salad.

How to make Ladenia

You will need very few ingredients*.

  • All-purpose flour. You can use bread flour or whole wheat flour as well. I have not tried this pizza with gluten-free flour.
  • Active yeast.
  • An onion cut in half and thinly sliced.
  • Ripe tomatoes thinly sliced.
  • Dried oregano.
  • Sugar, just a tiny bit for the crust.
  • Sea salt, freshly ground pepper.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.

Optional toppings

  • Sliced bell peppers, all colors
  • Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

*Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Sliced tomatoes and onions in a white bowl.
Dough in an aluminum bowl.

Prepare the toppings

Mix the sliced tomatoes with the onions slices in a bowl. Add three or four tablespoons of oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Start the dough

Mix the warm water, 1 tsp sugar and 2 teaspoons active yeast in a cup. Set aside for about 15 minutes, until the mixture rises slightly and froths.

In a large and deep bowl, add the flour, sea salt, yeast mixture, and olive oil and knead for about 4-5 minutes until all the olive oil is absorbed and the dough is soft and elastic. 

Let the dough rest

Cover with cling film and set aside in a warm environment for about 1 hour until it rises and almost doubles in volume.

Assemble

Open the dough with your hands and fingers in a circle of about 14 inches/ 38 cm diameter.

A vegan greek pizza on a pizza peel and a cloth napkin.

Transfer it to a pizza peel if you have one; if not, transfer it directly to the pizza stone and assemble it there.

Add the tomatoes and onions all over the dough, leaving a small border around the pizza.

Sprinkle with oregano, coarse salt, and freshly ground pepper and bake for about 20-30 minutes until the onions are slightly caramelized on the surface and the dough is browned below.

A Ladenia-vegan greek pizza on a pizza peel and a cloth napkin.

Tips

  • You can use store-bought pizza dough in a pinch to make this greek pizza.
  • I love how versatile this recipe is. You can easily transform it to a non-vegan version with the addition of crumbled feta, olives, and some greens after baking. Add a handful of baby spinach or arugula on top, some goat cheese crumbles, and a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Turn it into a regular pizza by adding mozzarella cheese under the tomatoes and onions before baking.
A Ladenia-vegan greek pizza on a pizza peel.

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Ladenia, The Greek Pizza

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
This authentic Greek pizza recipe comes from the island of Kimolos. It has a bread-like crust, ripe tomatoes, onions, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil.
5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Greek
Servings 8
Calories 376 kcal

Equipment

  • pizza stone

Ingredients
 
 

For the crust

  • 500 gr all-purpose flour about 4 cups
  • 2 teaspoon active yeast or one packet of
  • cup warm water
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil

Toppings

  • 1 onions cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil total, you might not use it all
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Optional toppings

  • ½ cup Sliced bell peppers, all colors
  • cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

Instructions
 

make the crust

  • In a small bowl, mix the warm water, stir in 1 tsp sugar and 2 teaspoons active yeast. Set aside for about 15 minutes, until the mixture rises slightly and froths.
  • In a large and deep bowl, add the flour, sea salt, yeast mixture, and olive oil and knead for about 4-5 minutes, until all the olive oil is absorbed and the dough is soft and elastic.
    Cover with cling film and set aside in a warm environment for about 1 hour, until it rises and almost doubles in volume.

Make the toppings

  • Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
    Place your pizza stone in the oven. Leave it in for 30 minutes.
  • Mix the sliced tomatoes with the onions slices in a bowl. Add three or four tablespoons of oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.
  • Open the dough with your hands and fingers in a circle of about 14 inches/ 38 cm diameter.
    Transfer it to a floured pizza peel if you have one; if not, take out the pizza stone very carefully because it will be super hot and assemble ladenia on there.
  • Add the tomatoes and onions all over the dough, leaving a small border around the pizza.
    Sprinkle with oregano, coarse salt, and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle some olive oil on top. 
  • Transfer ladenia from the pizza peel to the pizza stone in the oven. 
    Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the onions are slightly caramelized on the surface, and the dough is browned below. 

Notes

Alternative oven cooking option on a baking sheet
  • Brush some olive oil on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Open the dough with your fingers to cover the baking sheet. Create a ½ inch (1.5 cm) thicker border of dough. Drain the liquids and add the tomatoes and onions on top. Spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle with oregano, coarse salt, and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle some olive oil all over.
  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the onions are slightly caramelized on the surface and the dough is browned below.
  • You can check how the crust is browning by carefully lifting one corner.
 
 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 424mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 2mg
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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have a love affair with all things related to Mediterranean Cuisine! I didn’t know about this Ladenia! I’ll make your Greek pizza (which reminds me of focaccias and ciabatta bread), and will let you know! So happy that I found your blog.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is the simplest way to enjoy a delicious slice of pizza. The homemade dough is really delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    We make pizza every Friday night, but have been in a rut with toppings, so I’m pinning this to make this week! Looks fresh and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    We loved this pizza! The marinated tomatoes and onions added such a nice flavor, and I loved the brightness the olives added. I’m already looking forward to making it again.

  5. 5 stars
    The whole family loves pizza, and adding a Greek flavor to it sounds awesome! I definitely need to try this out for a family dinner!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is the most easiest Pizza recipe. Simple and yet so delicious. My kids to love it. Surely a Happy Meal too.

  7. 5 stars
    This is such a fun idea for a pizza! I love these rich and deep flavors. Can’t wait for Friday pizza nights!

  8. 5 stars
    I love coming to your blog—so many awesome Greek-style recipes and everyone I’ve tried has been wonderful! Have a great week!
    Heidy

  9. 5 stars
    Just reading the ingredients is enough for me, so simple and easy. It should be on all cooks quick tasty meals.
    Thank you