In a perfect world, we could eat pizza every day, and our health would still be *flawless.* Alas, life is about balance, so we aim for pizza Saturday (or Monday or Wednesday, or whatever day you need some extra happiness) instead. Since everyone should get to enjoy a good slice or two every now and then, we’ve rounded up amazing vegan pizza recipes for our lactose-intolerant, dairy-free, and well... vegan friends to try out. They taste nearly as good as the OG, and most include tons of veggies or nuts in place of the white stuff. The trick to (cheeseless) cheesy goodness? Nutritional yeast, cashews, or vegan cheese shreds that actually melt—Daiya and GoVeggie are good ones that you can find in most grocery stores.
Photo: Crazy Vegan Kitchen
We know what you’re thinking… umm no, that’s straight mozzarella cheese right there. Thanks to the magic of cashews, nutritional yeast, and apple cider vinegar, a classic margherita pizza sans dairy is achievable, and it looks just like the real thing.
Photo: Minimalist Baker
Butternut squash is the main star in this savory, creamy pizza, taking the place of standard tomato sauce. Add broccolini, chickpeas, and red onion along with a sprinkle of shredded veggie mozzarella cheese or vegan Parmesan. Pizza meets sweet potato pie.
Photo: Vegan Richa
Buffalo and ranch sounds like the ultimate drunchie combo, but this recipe manages to create a pretty healthy version by making a cashew-based white sauce to use in the ranch and a hot-sauce-and-olive-oil Buffalo sauce. We’re all about the filling chickpeas, and melty vegan mozzarella shreds (homemade or store-bought) will make even your dairy-loving friends want a slice.
Photo: Fit Mitten Kitchen
Pro tip: Naan flatbreads make excellent personal pizza doughs and require basically no effort. Top one with a red curry/tomato paste mixture, and add red pepper slices, grated carrots, and chopped onion, plus nutritional yeast for a low-maintenance cheesy taste. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the naan is nice and crispy.
Photo: My Darling Vegan
This recipe gives you the option to make your own crust, which we’re all about. But we also know sometimes you want your pizza, and you want it now, so no shame in buying a store-bought version instead. Many groceries have gluten-free ones, if that’s part of your diet. Whatever base you use, the sweet caramelized onions, baked eggplant, and fresh rosemary taste pretty bomb alongside vegan mozz.
Photo: The Pretty Bee
Warning: This isn't vegan, but it's so good and super easy to make without meat... just leave the pepps off. The basic cheese slice is just as tasty. If you're a meat eater, buy a nitrate-free kind, and lay it on top of tomato sauce and your veggie cheese of choice. Feeling fancy? Make this homemade chunky sauce instead of using a store-bought one.
Photo: Keepin It Kind
Okra, tomatoes, and fingerling potato slices aren’t the first veggies that come to mind as pizza toppings, but we’re definitely not complaining. A creamy, spicy sweet corn spread takes this savory pie to next level—you’ll hardly notice the lack of cheese.
Photo: She Likes Food
We thought feta would be tough to recreate for vegans, but with tofu, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and a few more simple ingredients, it can (easily) be done. Mix with Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and red onion, and your go-to Greek salad is now pizzafied.
Photo: Delish Knowledge
Raise your hand if you’d be A-OK putting pesto on everything... yeah, us too. Pumpkin seeds add a sweet twist to the sauce, and vegan Parm and fresh tomatoes tie it all together. We’d be down to add some baked tofu or grilled chicken on top too.