When you start with a good-quality whole-grain prepared pizza crust and an all-natural sauce, honestly, you don’t need to follow an exact recipe to make creative, delicious veggie pizzas. Vegan mozzarella-style cheese is optional in any of these variations.
If you make too much of a topping, no worries, you can use it as a side dish, stir it into a grain, or make into a wrap with fresh greens the next day. As with most pizza recipes, preheat the oven to 425º F for standard pizza crust, or 400º F. for flatbreads or Italian bread. Read on and enjoy your veggie pizza improvisations!
Pizza is such a convenient main dish to make at home, now that great crusts and sauces get you started. Just add veggies! Here are our favorite easy vegan pizza recipes. Garlicky Fresh Tomato and Basil Pizza (shown at top) is a fresh take on the classic fresh tomato and basil pizza known as Margherita. This variation is packed with extra flavor from garlic and black olives. more→
While I love homemade pizza, I look for shortcuts to replace a dough-based crust. Though it’s gluten-free, you need not follow a GF diet to enjoy this change-of-pace polenta pizza crust. Recipe from from Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes* by Dreena Burton, BenBella Books © 2015, reprinted by permission. Photos by Nicole Axeworthy. more→
Here’s a delectably different kind of pizza—a vegan white pizza brimming with well-cooked onions, roasted sweet potato, and briny olives. Combined with most any kind of salad, this pizza makes a delicious cool-weather dinner. This makes 6 to 8 slices. Double the recipe if you’re feeding more than 3 hungry people! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Here’s a fresh take on the classic fresh tomato-basil pizza known as Margherita. This vegan variation is packed with extra flavor from garlic and black olives. To heighten the garlic flavor and aroma further, you can sauté the garlic in infused oil as suggested in the recipe. This is a perfect pizza for late summer when tomatoes are at their peak of flavor. more→
Here’s how you rethink your plate: a fresh green salad and whole grain pizza all in one meal that you can whip up in 45 minutes. Arugula salad pizza is a quick and delicious vegan treat for even the busiest night of your week! It’s great served with a simple soup. Recipe from Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes, © 2014 Sharon Palmer. Reprinted with permission from The Experiment. more→
Vegan pizzadillas, a fast and fun dinner idea, are a mash-up of pizza and quesadillas. Basically, you’re filling soft taco-size tortillas with the kinds of ingredients you’d use for making pizza — marinara sauce, vegan cheese, and lots of veggies. And you can just wing it as far as measurements, too.
For a one-person meal, cut the recipe in half. All you need to complete this meal is a substantial salad with some cooked quinoa, beans or chickpeas, and/or sunflower seeds for a protein boost. This serves 2 hungry people or 4 moderately (1 or 2 pizzadillas per serving). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Using plenty of veggies makes this easy vegan broccoli pizza, embellished with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, a nourishing meal. Serve a big salad with mixed greens and plenty of raw veggies, embellished with olives and chickpeas. Use as many of the shortcuts as you’d like, making this a super-quick preparation; I’ve provided from-scratch options for sauce and crust (even a gluten-free option!) for when you have more time. more→
This deliciously offbeat onion and olive pizza features mellow caramelized onions, with briny olives for a contrasting flavor. For a simple meal, serve with a salad of mixed greens, cannellini or chickpeas, and ripe tomatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Some people are born to rock ’n’ roll. Others are born to ride. I was born to put mashed potatoes on pizza. I’ve done it so many ways I can’t even remember them all, but this was my favorite. Mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, and plenty of savory herbs make an unusually hearty cross between shepherd’s pie and pizza. Recipe contributed by Natalie Slater, from Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans; photo by Celine Steen. Reprinted by permission of Page Street Publishing © 2013.
Layer on the Southwestern flavors in this playful vegan Mexican pizza. It starts with refried beans (in place of red sauce), followed by salsa, corn and nondairy cheese. Serve with a colorful green salad and garlic-sautéed greens. This recipe doubles easily. Adapted from Vegan Express.
If you like a very veggie-filled pizza, this one’s for you, piled generously with broccoli, bell pepper, and zucchini. And in place of the usual tomato sauce, this one features a delectable spinach-miso pesto as the base. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→