Easy Vegan Pizza Dough Recipe + 20 Topping Ideas

Making vegan pizza dough at home is easier than you might think, and the results are incredibly delicious. This recipe uses six simple ingredients to create a soft, sturdy dough that is the perfect base for your favorite toppings. With a subtle flavor that lets your toppings shine, you’re sure to love this vegan pizza dough recipe.

Two hands cupping pizza dough.

Making vegan pizza dough at home is incredibly easy and rewarding. With just six simple ingredients, you can create a soft, sturdy dough that is the perfect base for your favorite toppings. And because you’re making it yourself, you can control what goes into it, ensuring that every ingredient is pronounceable and plant-based.

With its simple instructions and delicious results, this vegan pizza dough recipe will surely become a new favorite in your kitchen. So gather your ingredients, and let’s get started!

What I Love About This Recipe

  • It’s incredibly easy to make, even if you’re a beginner baker!
  • The dough is soft and sturdy, making it the perfect base for your favorite toppings.
  • The dough is free of preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients. When you make your own, you can control what goes into it and ensure that every ingredient is healthy and plant-based.
  • Baking this pizza dough fills your home with a delicious bakery aroma. 

But the best part of this recipe is the taste. The dough is perfect, and it complements any toppings you choose. So whether you’re making a classic cheese pizza or a creative vegan pizza with your favorite toppings, this recipe will please!

Dough with pesto and tomato toppings about to go into the oven.

Is all Pizza Dough Vegan?

Not all pizza dough is vegan. Some are enriched with animal products like milk, eggs, or butter. These ingredients are meant to improve the flavor, texture, and browning. As a bread lover and a vegan, I do not feel these ingredients add value.

If you are unsure if a pizza dough is vegan, it is best to err on the side of caution and make your own at home. This way, you can control the ingredients and ensure your pizza is vegan.


Ingredients


  • Warm water: Yeast is like Goldilocks when it comes to water temperature – it can’t be too hot or too cold, but just right. For this recipe, aim for a temperature between 95-105°F (35-40°C). If you don’t have a thermometer, test the temperature on your wrist. If the water feels warm, it’s warm enough to activate the yeast.
  • Active dry yeast: One standard packet of active dry yeast is all you need for this recipe.
  • White granulated sugar: Look for vegan or organic sugar to ensure that it is vegan. Regular sugar may be made with animal bone char to achieve its white color.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: If you don’t have olive oil, try using another light oil such as canola.
  • Salt: Regular table or sea salt is perfect for this recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: Standard all-purpose flour is versatile and works well for this recipe. As an alternative, you can use whole wheat flour.
  • Garlic powder: Garlic powder adds a subtle garlic flavor to the dough. It is optional, but I recommend adding it for extra flavor.

Instructions

Step 1: Activate the yeast

A bowl filled with yeast that has been activated.
  • Whisk together warm water, active dry yeast, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Let stand for 7-10 minutes or until foamy.

Step 2: Make the dough

Hand kneading and streaching out dough.
  • Add olive oil and salt to the yeast mixture and stir to combine.
  • Gradually add flour until a dough forms.
  • Knead for 5-7 minutes or until smooth, elastic, and no dough is sticking to your fingers.

Step 3: First rise

Dough that has risen in a bowl.
  • Grease a large bowl with oil or nonstick spray.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  • Let it rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until it is doubled in size.

Step 4: Shape and second rise

Vegan Pizza Dough Pressing into Shape
  • Preheat the oven to 475°F (250°C).
  • Punch down the dough and divide it in half.
  • Pat one-half into a disk and shape it into a 12-inch circle.
  • Place the dough on a baking sheet or pizza pan and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  • Let rise for 15 minutes.


Step 5: Top

Tomato sauce spread on pizza dough.
  • Brush the top of the dough with olive oil.
  • Push dents into the surface to prevent bubbling.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.

Step 6: Bake

Picture of dough with topping about to go into the oven.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Vegan Toppings Ideas

If you are like me and have been a vegetarian for ages, you know vegan cheese has come a long way. I like to use a blend of Miyoko’s vegan mozzarella cheese and vegan parmesan cheese. I used marinara sauce and toppings in the pictures above, but I omitted the cheese. It is equally delicious! I also like to use sun-dried tomato pesto in place of a sauce. Here are some of my favorite vegetable toppings:

ToppingDescription
Artichoke HeartsIt adds a nutty and earthy flavor.
Avocado SlicesCreamy and buttery, a delicious and healthy option.
Basil LeavesFresh basil adds a burst of aromatic freshness.
Black OlivesTender and briny add a unique flavor to pizzas.
Caramelized OnionsBriny and slightly bitter, it’s a classic choice.
Cherry TomatoesSweet and juicy, perfect for small pizza bites.
Vegan CheeseMelts and tastes like dairy cheese.
Oven Roasted BroccoliFresh and tender, it is a healthy green option.
Green PeppersCrunchy and slightly sweet when roasted.
Jalapeño SlicesIt adds a spicy kick for those who love the heat.
Kalamata OlivesRich, fruity, and robust in flavor.
MushroomsEarthy and meaty, a classic pizza topping.
Pineapple ChunksSweet and tangy, adding tropical vibes.
Red OnionsSharp and sweet, they complement other toppings.
Roasted Red PeppersSweet and smoky, offering a burst of color.
Spinach LeavesFresh and tender, a healthy green option.
Sun-Dried TomatoesIntense and chewy, they pack a punch of umami.
PestoA sun-dried tomato pesto for the sauce.
Vegan Sausage CrumblesPlant-based alternative to traditional sausage.
Zucchini SlicesLight and crisp, a great way to add some texture.
Picture of dough with baked.
Raw pizza dough cupped in hands.

Easy Vegan Pizza Dough Recipe + 20 Topping Ideas

Make delicious vegan pizza at home with this easy recipe! With just six simple ingredients, you can create a pizza dough that's better than anything delivered.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Meal
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 16 Slices (2 -12 inch pizzas)
Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 pizza baking pan or stone
  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Medium bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 and ⅓ cups (320ml) warm water(between 95-105°F, 38-43°C)
  • 2 and ¼ teaspoons (7g) active dry yeast (one standard yeast packet)
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) organic white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 and ½ cups (450g) all-purpose flour + a little extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

Step 1: Activate the yeast

  • Whisk together warm water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Let stand for 7-10 minutes or until foamy.

Step 2: Make the dough

  • Add olive oil and salt to the yeast mixture and stir to combine.
  • Gradually add flour until a dough forms.
  • Knead for 5-7 minutes or until smooth, elastic and there is no flour on your fingers.

Step 3: First rise

  • Grease a large bowl with oil or nonstick spray.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  • Let rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.

Step 4: Shape and second rise

  • Preheat the oven to 475°F (250°C).
  • Punch down the dough and divide it in half.
  • Pat one-half into a disk and shape it into a 12-inch circle.
  • Place the dough on a baking sheet or pizza pan and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  • Let rise for 15 minutes.

Step 5: Top and bake

  • Brush the top with olive oil.
  • Push dents into the surface to prevent bubbling.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Notes

  • Make-ahead: Prepare the dough through step 5, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. When ready to bake, bring the dough to room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping and baking.
  • Freezing: To freeze, wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place it in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, bring to room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping and baking.
  • Storage: Store leftover pizza in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
  • Tips: If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. Be careful not to overwork it, or the pizza will become flat and tough.
  • Troubleshooting: If the dough doesn’t rise, it may be too cold. Place it in a warm, draft-free place for 30 minutes, then try to rise again. If the dough is still not rising, it may be bad. Discard the dough and start over.  You might be using expired yeast.  Check the date and use new yeast if needed.
  • Variations: For a gluten-free pizza, use a gluten-free flour blend. For a whole wheat pizza, substitute whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose flour. For a herbed pizza, add 1/4 cup of chopped fresh herbs to the dough before kneading.
  • Serving suggestions: Serve your pizza with your favorite toppings, such as marinara sauce, vegan cheese, vegetables, and vegan meats.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Excellent recipe. My only thought is that you should have a photo of the finished product at the end. I was looking for a photo to see the end product.( type of crust.) Thank you for the good share. Also it wouldn’t let me select 5 stars which is what I would give this recipe.

    1. Hi Whitney, I am glad you liked the recipe. Thank you for your feedback and I agree about the final picture. I will have to go back and see if I have a good one. If not I will remake the recipe this week and aim for a good picture.

      I was also able to change the rating for 4 to 5 based on your comment. If you feel this is incorrect kindly let me know.

    1. There is this little thing at the top of all my posts, it is a button that says “Jump to Recipe.” If you click it, you will go directly to the recipe and not have read anything that you feel is too long or a waste of your time. Try it next time. I think you will find it helpful.

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