My family’s absolute favorite vegan pizza recipe! This pizza dough recipe is so easy, with the most perfect crust, and topped with undetectably dairy free and vegan melty gooey cheese for the best homemade pizza recipe, vegan or not!
This is the ULTIMATE vegan pizza recipe
I love ordering in pizza as much as the next gal (Colony Grill is my absolute fave, thanks to the fact that they have a vegan pizza option!). But making pizza is just as fun and honestly SO easy. You are just going to love this super easy vegan pizza recipe, and I think you’ll be shocked out how good it is!
Now, there are different styles of pizza, but we’re going for a medium crust that’s slightly chewy. Then we top with fresh pizza sauce, cheese, and bake!
I actually learned how to make pizza from my great grandpa, who’s Sicilian. While this vegan pizza recipe isn’t a true Sicilian pizza, I tried to keep as close to what my great grandpa taught me as possible!
The verdict: my grandmother, his daughter, said that this vegan pizza was honestly one of the best pizzas she’s had. She didn’t even think I used vegan cheese ha (that’s how good vegan cheese can be these days!)!
Is pizza dough vegan?
Often times, pizza dough is naturally vegan. The basic pizza dough formula is just water, flour, yeast, and salt. The only times that eggs or dairy are used for a bread recipe is typically just for enriched doughs (like brioche or cinnamon rolls– which we have the vegan options for on the blog!).
Ingredients for a vegan pizza dough
As we just mentioned, the ingredients for a pizza dough in general, is so simple.However, since we’re making a vegan pizza, we’ll keep the rest of the ingredients vegan and dairy free as well!
For the dough, you’ll need:
- Flour: I recommend OO flour or all purpose flour.
- Activated Yeast
- Olive oil: just a little bit is going to help our dough get wonderfully crispy on the outside.
For the remaining vegan pizza ingredients, you’ll need:
- Pizza Sauce: rarely is pizza sauce not vegan, but please be sure to double check ingredient labels!
- Vegan cheese: this is a make or break situation right here. The vegan cheese you choose is so crucial! We’re going to go over that in the coming sections, but in general, I recommend using Violife, which I believe is not only available nationwide, but also internationally!
- Fresh Basil
How to make the best vegan pizza recipe from scratch
Making a homemade vegan pizza is actually quite simple! It’ll give you a bit of an arm workout, but totally worth it because this vegan pizza dough comes out incredibly.
First I’ll walk your through making the dough, and then we’ll go over how to shape the pizza, top it, and bake. There’s even an option for a grilled pizza if you want more of that “fire” taste to the pizza.
As always, the full written instructions for this pizza are found down below in the recipe card. However, let’s go over the basics here!
The vegan pizza dough recipe
Making a pizza dough is super simple, and honestly easier than making cinnamon rolls or even bagels. The reason being is that we only need 4 ingredients, and the whole process actually goes pretty quickly.
I make my pizza dough without any sugar. Not that adding sugar is bad, but I just don’t see the need for it when the yeast can be bloomed with just flour.
The most important part here where a lot of people slip up is not using the proper temperature water. Your water should be heated to 110F, which will feel warm-hot, but it’s best to use a kitchen thermometer. Too cold, and the yeast won’t bloom, which means the dough won’t rise. Too hot, and the yeast won’t work at all. Here’s a great video on how to activate yeast the right way for pizza dough.
You can also make this pizza by hand or by using a stand mixer. I’ve made dough for years just by hand, and only recently acquired a stand mixer, so it absolutely works! Your pizza will be just as amazing.
How to shape pizza dough
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to toss the pizza dough in the air like you see in the movies (though yes, professionals will do that ha!). But since we’re mostly beginners to intermediate chefs, we actually don’t have to toss the dough into the air in order to achieve the round shape (or square if you want a true Sicilian pizza!).
We’ll start to shape the dough after you’ve proved the dough.
Do not use a rolling pin, as this will deflate the dough, causing it not to rise when you bake it! I simply start by dividing the dough in two (it makes it easier to bake in my oven, but you could make one extra large pizza!). I then form a flat disc with one of the dough balls.
Now, start to press the dough out with your fingers, in a circular shape, being mindful of where your crust is forming on the outer edges. Begin to gently turn the dough in a circular motion as your stretch it out to about 12-16″ in diameter, depending on how big your dough ball is.
And there you go! You’ve shaped the pizza dough!
Top the pizza
Once you’re ready to bake your pizza, brush the top of the dough lightly with olive oil. Then spread sauce around the dough, just until the edges. Top with cheese, and place the pizza into the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes at 475F.
Remove from the oven, top with fresh basil, and serve!
How to grill a pizza
If you choose to grill, simply start your grill how you normally would and let it heat to about 500F. Arrange all of your toppings ready to go on the side of the grill (this part just takes being prepared!). Lightly brush your vegan pizza dough with a little olive oil on both sides and slide the dough onto the grill.
Flip the dough after about 2-3 minutes and grill on the other side. Then flip the dough back over and onto the parchment paper, and top with sauce and cheese (saving the basil for when you serve). Slide the simple vegan pizza back onto the grill and cover to let cook for about 2-3 minutes. If your cheese didn’t melt (it’s happened to me once or twice, and it’s because too much time passed between lifting the cover of the grill!), you can place your pizza into an oven at 475F for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese! Then just serve and enjoy 🙂
What vegan cheese should I use?
The best vegan cheese to use for a vegan pizza is either Violife or Miyoko’s. These are the only two brands I recommend for a few reasons. Both of these dairy free cheeses melt wonderfully, like real cheese, and both dairy free mozzarella versions come very close to the actual flavor of mozzarella (making this an ideal choice if you’re making this pizza for any vegan skeptics!).
The one thing to keep in mind: if you’re nut free, then go with Violife. Miyoko’s is awesome, but contains cashews. Violife is just as amazing!
What can you use instead of a pizza stone:
So most of us don’t have a masonry oven, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a great pizza at home! If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use:
- The bake of a large baking sheet
- A cast iron pan
- A grill (like we discussed above!)
- A flat pizza pan
Vegan pizza variations:
Want to make a pizza that’s not just cheese? No problem! Here are some ideas for different vegan pizza recipes other than cheese:
- Top with vegan lentil meatballs
- Roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, and spinach
- Make a vegan pesto pizza
- Top with sliced black olives, shredded kale, sliced figs, and drizzle with balsamic
I just know your vegan pizza is going to come out amazing! If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This helps others to find the recipe!
Happy pizza making!
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My family’s absolute favorite vegan pizza recipe! This pizza dough recipe is so easy, with the most perfect crust, and topped with undetectably dairy free and vegan melty gooey cheese for the best homemade pizza recipe, vegan or not! With options to grill pizza!
- 3 1/2 cups (440 grams) 00 flour or all-purpose flour or bread flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 packet (2.5 tsp) rapid rise yeast
- 1 1/3 cup (320 mL) water, heated to 110F
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup-1 2/3 cup your favorite pizza sauce
- 1 packet vegan mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Weigh out all ingredients before beginning. Grease a large bowl with oil and set aside.
- Make the dough: in a stand mixer bowl or in a large bowl, add the heated water, 1 tbsp flour, and yeast. Mix gently together with a wooden spoon, then cover and let the yeast bloom for 10 minutes. It should begin to smell yeast-like and bubble/foam on the top of the water. Add the remaining flour to the bowl. Attach the dough attachment if using a stand mixer or use a large wooden spoon and begin mixing the dough. If using a stand mixer, mix the dough on medium-high speed for 7-9 minutes. The dough should be slightly shaggy and tacky at this point. Then lightly flour a clean surface and place the dough onto the surface. Lightly knead the dough for 2-3 minutes until it becomes less tacky and more smooth. Place the dough ball into the oiled bowl, cover, and allow the dough to double in size by placing it in a warm area, at least 85F.
- Make the pizzas: Preheat the oven to 475F. Once the dough has doubled in size, lightly punch down the dough. Re-flour a clean surface or use a piece of parchment paper. This will be where you form the pizza dough. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide the dough in half. For the first pizza, begin to form the dough into a disk shape. Place the pizza dough on a piece of floured parchment paper or lightly floured surface, and gently push the middle of the dough out, being careful not to stretch the dough. See the video for a better visual. Your pizza should measure about 18″ in diameter. Repeat for the remaining dough ball.
- Garnish the pizzas: brush each pizza with olive oil. Spread 1/2- 2/3 cup pizza sauce over the dough, and sprinkle the vegan cheese on top.
- Bake the pizzas: place the pizzas onto pizza trays, and bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes, or until the vegan cheese melts and the edges of the dough are lightly golden. Remove from the oven.
- Slice the pizza and serve! Garnish with fresh basil, and enjoy!
Grilled Vegan Pizza:
- Heat your grill and arrange your toppings (sauce, mozzarella) near the grill.
- Lightly brush your prepared dough with a little olive oil and place the dough onto the grill once the grill reaches 500F.
- Cover the grill and allow the dough to cook for 2-3 minutes. Then flip the dough and allow it to cook for another minute.
- Remove the dough from the grill and onto the baking sheet and add on your toppings.
- Place the dough back onto the grill and cook for another 3 minutes until the cheese melts. If the cheese isn’t melting fast enough but your crust is cooked, place the pizza into the oven at 475F for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with basil and extra olive oil if desired, then serve!
Recommended vegan cheeses: the cheese you choose will be a big determinant as to whether your pizzas turn out great! I recommend Violife shredded mozzarella, as shown, or Miyoko’s Mozzarella Balls. Violife is nut free and soy free, and Miyoko’s contains cashews.
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