Pizza doesn’t have to be all about cheese and deli meats; there’s plenty of other options to try the next time you’re decorating one at home.

Artichokes

Artichokes are full of folic acid, and go wonderfully on just about any pizza. Slightly garlicky in flavour, they’re ideal for adding flavour without adding fat.

Olives

Your brain needs “good” fats to function, and olives are full of them. Some pitted Kalamata olives on a pizza is bound to please the adults in the room.

Greek Yoghurt

Americans love ranch dressing on their pizza, but it’s a very heavy dressing – for a lighter, healthier option try a little swirl of Greek yoghurt over your pizza. This is especially great on a Mediterranean style pizza with olives and lamb.

Apricots

Americans would consider fruit on a pizza sacrilege, but the Kiwis absolutely love apricot sauce on theirs; one of the most popular takeaway options is chicken, green capsicum, cream cheese and spicy apricot sauce (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it). If you just want to dip your toe in the experimental pizza pool, try adding a few halved apricots to your pizza.

Fresh Tomatoes

Tomato sauce adds flavour, fresh tomato adds moisture and texture.

Macadamia Nuts

These add incredible texture and flavour to a pizza, and are well worth the price of admission to have a few shards scattered over the top before you put it in the oven.

Garlic Oil

If you’re a vegan, can’t have dairy or don’t want cheese, mix a good dose of crushed garlic with some olive oil and put a light swirl over your pizza. This will keep your other toppings from drying out.

Fresh Basil

Trust us on this one. A little adds a fantastic burst of Italian flavour.