This post is an updated version of an article that was originally published on my personal blog.
Ordering Vegan Pizza
A pizza without cheese is vegan (as long as the crust doesn’t contain milk or eggs). If you’re not vegan, I bet you never considered that, right? And don’t think that just because there’s no cheese, that it doesn’t taste good. With an amazing sauce and lots of fresh veggies, a cheeseless pizza can be delicious and satisfying!
Yes, the waitress may look at you strangely, but assure them that you want “pizza without cheese.”
The Crust Issue
Luckily, because of the large number of people with food allergies these days, you can typically go to a restaurant’s website and find out if the crust contains milk or eggs. In most instances, the offending ingredient is milk. I’ve searched the websites of some of the popular pizza places and given you the scoop:
- California Pizza Kitchen – No vegan pizzas (Food Allergens and Sensitivities)
- Chuck E. Cheese’s – No vegan pizzas (Food Allergens and Sensitivities, downloaded from the Allergen Finder on the Right Side)
- Domino’s – Thin Crust dough is vegan (Allergen Info)
- Little Caesar’s – All dough is vegan, “Little Caesars’ pizza crust is made with a quality, high-protein flour and contains no animal products or by-products.” (Vegetarian Diet Webpage) – This is pretty smart of them in my opinion.
- Papa John’s – Not sure; Waiting for a response from the QA department??? (Allergen FAQs)
- Pizza Hut – Thin ‘N Crispy and Breadstick dough is not made with eggs or milk; however, it is prepared in common equipment and therefore may contain the allergen (Allergen and Sensitivities Guide)
Make it at Home, but Not from Scratch
If you don’t want to make your own dough from scratch, Trader Joe’s carries a pizza dough that’s vegan. You can also make personal pizzas at home with pita bread and tortillas.
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Spread your sauce on the tortilla or pita, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
- Add your toppings evenly on pizza.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
Add Vegan Cheese
I’ll be brutally honest here. Vegan cheese still has a little ways to go. It doesn’t taste like dairy cheese, but it’s closer than it’s been. Try adding some of the shredded cheese to a pizza and see what you think. Give each of the brands a try – Daiya, Follow Your Heart. You may like one more than the other.