Somehow it happened. June has arrived and with it’s arrival comes summer, weekend getaways, beach time, long nights, and hot grills. And so today, in honor of all these great things just around the corner, I bring you one of my favorite pizza recipes of all time: Grilled Vegan Pizza Margherita.
I’ve been making a variation of this Pizza Margherita for many years. It started off with a pre-made sauce and store bought (vegan) mozzarella. Over time I discovered the pizza could be improved with just three simple adjustments.
1. Homemade pizza sauce. There is absolutely no good reason not to make your own pizza sauce. It can be prepped in just about 5 minutes (another 15 or so for simmering) for an affordable option that, more importantly, can be seasoned just to your liking. Pretty great, huh?
2. Homemade vegan mozzarella. There are some good readily available vegan cheeses out there, but I have yet to find one that melts the way it ought on a pizza. That’s why I suggest taking the homemade route. This cashew-based mozzarella, inspired by this recipe, is not only DELICIOUS and takes only 10 minutes to make. It is also gooey and melty and stretching and cheesy just like it ought to be. Seriously, this cheese made the pizza go from an 7 to a 10!
3. Grill, not bake. I usually bake my pizzas, but with summer just around the corner, I thought we would do a little grilling today instead. The taste of grilled pizza is far superior to that of baked. By grilling you can get a perfectly crispy crust and a wonderful smokey, charred taste of the grill; a taste that pairs delightfully with homemade pizza sauce and cashew mozzarella.
When grilling pizza, it’s traditional to cook the dough on the grill, but for this recipe I used Flatout Flatbread’s Artisan Thin Pizza Crust, making for a pizza that is cooked within minutes!
I’ve been working with Flatout Flatbread for a couple months. If you are unfamiliar, they are the flatbread I used for this Green Goddess Pizza recipe. Flatout Flatbread is a great choice for those looking to eat lighter. Having recently partnered with Weight Watchers, becoming Weight Watchers official flatbread, you can trust that their breads are a healthy low-calorie alternative that provides a terrific source of protein and fiber without compromising on taste.
There you have it. The three steps to making the perfect vegan Pizza Margherita. So, help me welcome in summer by firing up your grill and making a little pizza with me.
This Vegan Pizza Margherita is made with a thin crust, homemade tomato sauce, and vegan mozzarella for a delicious plant-based classic pizza.
- 4 Flatout Flatbread Pizza Crusts
- 1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 handful of fresh basil, chopped
- red pepper flakes, optional
- To make the cheese, drain and rinse the cashews and place them in a high-powered blender along with the remaining mozzarella ingredients. Blend until completely smooth. Transfer to a saucepan placed over medium heat, stirring the cheese constantly. Within 1-2 minutes the cheese will start to get very thick. Keep stirring until the cheese begins to move together while stirring. Remove from heat and let cool while preparing the other ingredients.
- To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile heat the grill to about 550 degrees. Brush the pizza doughs with olive oil and grill one side of the pizza for 1-2 minutes. Flip the crusts and evenly top with tomato sauce, Roma tomatoes, and spoonfuls of mozzarella.
- Put the lid on the grill and cook for about 3 more minutes. The pizza is done when the edges are crisp and dark.
- Remove from grill, top with basil and red pepper flakes and serve immediately.
No grill? No problem! Bake this pizza at 450 degrees F. for about 10 minutes until crust is crispy and brown.
If you are unfamiliar with Flatout Flatbread, make sure to check them out. You can find their breads in the bakery section of most major grocery stores or visit their website to find a store near you.