Delicious Vegan Mediterranean Pizza

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Our delicious vegan Mediterranean pizza is a must-try straight from the oven! Great for family dinners, special occasions, and meal prep. Omnivore-approved!

Making pizza is not as hard as you think! It’s great for beginners and fun for the whole family to make. Turn dinner into a playful activity while also sharpening your culinary skills!

Our pizza features amazing toppings such as crisp bell peppers, vegan mozzarella, and fresh basil. Of course, you can add the toppings that you love! (We won’t judge if you pile on the vegan cheese.)

If you want some more comfort food, our mashed potato pizza, pizza rolls, and instant pot pasta are absolutely delicious!

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Why you’ll love it

  • Comforting and filling
  • Customizable
  • Fun to make!
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Perfect for a group activity

After you try this recipe, you’ll want to make vegan pizza all the time! For kitchen equipment, you’ll need a cutting board, knife, bowl, baking sheet, and measuring equipment. 

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Ingredients needed

  • Pizza dough: try our super easy homemade dough. Only 6 ingredients!
  • Marinara sauce: a fresh and robust sauce perfect for pizza.
  • Red onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, artichoke, olives, spinach, mozzarella, basil: our toppings of choice!

Find exact measurements and additional topping recommendations below!

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How to make vegan Mediterranean pizza

Make the dough

Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl. Make sure the water is not too hot or it will kill the yeast!

Stir in sugar and yeast, then set aside for 5 minutes so that the mixture can become frothy and form bubbles.

Add olive oil, flour and salt. Mix with a large spoon until a sticky ball begins to form. Adjust the consistency of your dough by adding more flour as needed.

Transfer to a clean, floured surface and knead it for 3-4 minutes or until you’ve created a smooth dough. You’re looking for a soft dough that bounces back slowly when poked with your finger! If you’re not at this point yet, keep kneading.

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Transfer the dough ball back into your large bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until it has doubled. If your kitchen is too cold, preheat your oven to 150° F, turn it off, and place the covered bowl with the towel inside it with the door slightly ajar.

Once you’re ready to make your pizza, preheat the oven to 475 °F (250 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease a pizza pan.

Place risen dough back onto a floured surface. Decide whether you make one large or two smaller pizzas! If the latter is the case, divide the dough in half — you can even freeze one half of the dough or store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Gently flatten the dough into a disc using lightly floured hands. Take a rolling pin to create an even pizza crust, about ½ inch thick. Lift the edges of the dough to create a lip if wanted! Place it on a baking sheet.

Cover again with a clean kitchen towel while preparing the pizza toppings!

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Make the sauce

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! 

If using a bowl, simply mix all the ingredients together with a spoon

Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.

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Make the pizza

Spread your marinara sauce on the risen pizza dough in the pan. Spread enough to cover the pizza dough fully, and store any leftover sauce. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs.

Add the toppings: red onion, bell pepper, tomato, artichoke, olives, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. (Note: with vegan cheeses, it’s best to put on top of all the toppings so it can melt better.)

Place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until the crust is slightly brown and crispy on the edges and the cheese has melted.

Garnish with fresh basil and serve warm!

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Storage & reheating

Wrap each slice of leftover pizza in tin foil and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. Feel free to eat cold or reheat in the oven at 350º F (170º C) until the cheese is melted.

Serving suggestions

Here’s the fun part! Although our pizza is made with specific Mediterranean-style toppings, we understand that you want to add your favorites.

Here are some ideas!

Veggies

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Artichoke

Vegan protein

  • Vegan chicken
  • Vegan steak
  • Impossible or Beyond meat
  • Marinated tofu crumbles

Vegan cheese

  • Shredded or liquid mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Ricotta
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FAQs & tips

Is pizza dough usually vegan?

Yes, it is! However, some doughs contain whey so be sure to ask if you’re eating at a restaurant!

When adding vegan cheese

Make sure to add vegan cheese last. Since vegan cheese melts slower, it’s best to put them on top so they’re closer to heat.

When adding sauce

Add a thin layer to ensure that the crust stays crispy and crunchy instead of soggy!

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Delicious Vegan Mediterranean Pizza

Yield: 1 pizza
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Our delicious vegan Mediterranean pizza is a must-try straight from the oven! Great for family dinners, special occasions, and meal prep. Omnivore-approved!

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water (180 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 g)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 14-oz can crushed tomatoes (400 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of hot paprika, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

  • ½ small red onion, sliced
  • ½ bell pepper, sliced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup canned artichoke heart quarters (85 g)
  • ⅓ cup black olives, halved (60 g)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (30 g)
  • ½ cup vegan mozzarella (100 g)
  • Basil, to garnish

Instructions

Make the pizza dough

  1. Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar and yeast, then set aside for 5 minutes so that the mixture can become frothy and form bubbles.
  2. Add olive oil, flour and salt. Mix with a large spoon until a sticky ball begins to form. Adjust the consistency of your dough by adding more flour as needed.
  3. Transfer to a clean, floured surface and knead it for 3-4 minutes or until you’ve created a smooth dough.
  4. You’re looking for a soft dough that bounces back slowly when poked with your finger! If you’re not at this point yet, keep kneading.
  5. Transfer the dough ball back into your large bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until it has doubled. If your kitchen is too cold, preheat your oven to 150° F (65º C), turn it off, and place the covered bowl with the towel inside it with the door slightly ajar.
  6. Once you’re ready to make your pizza, preheat the oven to 475 °F (250 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease a pizza pan.
  7. Get your risen dough and place it back onto a floured surface. Decide whether you make one large or two smaller pizzas! If the latter is the case, divide the dough in half — you can even freeze one half of the dough or store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  8. Using lightly floured hands, gently flatten the dough into a disc. Take a rolling pin to create an even pizza crust, about ½ inch thick. Lift the edges of the dough to create a lip if wanted!
  9. Cover again with a clean kitchen towel while preparing the pizza toppings!

Make the sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients for the marinara sauce in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well with a spoon and adjust to taste preferences.
  2. You can also put it into a blender and blend until smooth!

Make the pizza

  1. Spread your marinara sauce on the risen pizza dough in the pan. Spread enough to cover the pizza dough fully, and store any leftover sauce. Sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and Italian herbs.
  2. Add the toppings: red onion, bell pepper, tomato, artichoke, olives, spinach and mozzarella cheese. (Note: with vegan cheeses, it’s best to put on top of all the toppings so it can melt better)
  3. Place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until the crust is slightly brown and crispy on the edges and the cheese has melted.
  4. Garnish with fresh basil and serve warm!

Notes

  • Try “So Delicious” shredded mozzarella or “Miyokos” liquid mozzarella!
  • Check out our additional topping recommendations in the article.
  • Feel free to use store-bought crust or marinara sauce for a more convenient version.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 809Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 1541mgCarbohydrates: 133gFiber: 14gSugar: 18gProtein: 28g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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