Out of all the foods, pizza is usually a huge crowd-pleaser. That said, it's not always what we're craving if we want something light and nutrient-rich. (Plus, some of us have to steer clear of dairy, and finding vegan alternatives isn't that easy.) The solution? Cauliflower pizza crust and vegan, dairy-free toppings. We get it—the whole point of eating pizza is to indulge in the good stuff: carbs, cheese, and maybe even some sausage. But when executed correctly, vegan-friendly pizzas with cauliflower crust taste just as good as the real thing (if not better).
Aside from being low-calorie and grain-free, one cup of cauliflower has 73% of the daily value for vitamin C, 11% DV for fiber, and 9% DV for omega-3 fatty acids—among other important vitamins and minerals. Together these nutrients help prevent that sluggish feeling you get after one too many slices of pizza. But if cauliflower isn't up your alley, there are some chickpea flour options, too. Then just think of all the health benefits of the other veggie toppings involved in a vegan pizza. So whether you stick to a vegan diet or you're just looking for some new delicious healthy dinner ideas, you're in good hands with the 10 vegan pizza recipes below.
Chickpea Crust Pizza With Avo, Arugula, and Radishes
First of all, let's just talk about how photogenic this pizza is. Brought to us by The Awesome Green, the pizza crust is made with chickpea flour and topped with plenty of delicious seasonal produce—think asparagus, onion, pomegranate seeds, olives, hummus, mint, garlic, and more.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust With Pesto
We recommend trying the cauliflower crust pizza recipe from Minimalist Baker, as it comes from one of the leading vegan food blogs out there. It's crispy, tender, and totally customizable. There are also a ton of different topping combination ideas to pair it with. Try incorporating vegan pesto, red peppers, and simple marinara for a go-to comfort meal.
Mushroom, Almond Feta, and Tomato Pizza
This vegan pizza crust recipe from Vegan Richa is made with spelt flour, so it's not gluten-free. That said, if you don't have an aversion to gluten, it's going to be your new favorite pizza crust to make. Topped with almond feta, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and olives, it's like a Mediterranean vacation in your mouth.
Asparagus and Onion Pizza
This recipe from The First Mess yields a scrumptious vegan carmelized onion cream—need we say more? (Probably not, but we will anyway.) The pizza features a crust made with quinoa and millet. It's also topped with yummy ingredients like garlic, thyme, asparagus, artichoke, chopped chives, and a splash of sherry vinegar.
Raddichio and Squash Pizza
This vegan pizza recipe from The First Mess is brushed in a nice butternut squash purée and sprinkled with radicchio, pine nuts, sage, and pesto. Also note that this pizza crust isn't gluten-free either, as it's made with spelt flour.
Herbed Margherita Pizza
Here's another vegan pizza delivering plenty of flavors and lots of healthy ingredients. Brought to us by Wu Haus, this recipe makes an herbed cauliflower pizza crust. It's great if you already know which vegan toppings you want to add but need a new recipe for a crispy, vegan-friendly crust.
Potato Pesto Pizza
This pizza recipe from Vegan Richa is perfect for anyone who likes to opt out of tomato sauce. The pesto is filling and delicious, as are the potato, garlic, and onion toppings. Get ready—you're going to want to make this recipe again and again. Plus, you can grill or bake this pizza.
Sweet-Potato Crust Margherita Pizza
Want a vegan alternative to the classic Margherita pizza? Follow this recipe from Hello Glow for a delicious sweet potato crust. Just make sure to swap out the parmesan for a vegan version of the cheese.
Spicy White Broccoli Rabe Pizza
Indulge in this sauceless white pizza brought to us by The First Mess. It's topped with broccoli rabe, vegan truffle cream, smoked paprika, shallots, pepperoncini, and a sprig of oregano. Spicy, creamy perfection.
Butternut Squash Pizza
And last but not least, we present you with this butternut squash pizza recipe from Minimalist Baker. This pizza is also made with a cauliflower crust. This time, though, you get to throw some chickpeas, broccoli, and onions on top.
See? Incorporating meat-free dishes into your weekly meals isn't so hard. Why not keep it going with these plant-based pasta recipes?