Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza (Vegan)

A vegan sun-dried tomato pesto pizza. This plant-based pizza is packed with flavor. You can make the pizza dough from scratch using this quick recipe or use a store-bought dough for an easy weeknight dinner.

sun-dried tomato pesto pizza from the top

A quick and easy plant-based pizza that’s packed with flavor. This recipe is made in just about 30 minutes from scratch (including the dough!). I suggest topping the pizza with a flavorful sun-dried tomato pesto, sauteed onions, arugula and vegan cheese. Sliced vegan sausages are also highly recommended.

I originally created this sun-dried tomato pesto for a recipe I made for Gusta Foods. I’m using it here for a delicious pizza sauce. It’s also delicious served with pasta!

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Notes on the Recipe:
  • I included suggested toppings for this recipe, but feel free to add your favorite pizza toppings! The sun-dried tomato pesto is a must of course.
  • You can use store-bought pizza dough for a quicker option, although this homemade pizza dough is as easy as it gets. 
  • You can try making this pizza dough with whole wheat flour, but it will be more dense. I would recommend using white flour for the best results or mix white and whole wheat 50:50. You can also use bread flour for this recipe.
  • I haven’t tried making this recipe gluten-free. However, you can use your favorite gluten-free pizza crust. I love this one from Bob’s Red Mill.
  • This pizza dough recipe is strongly inspired by this recipe.
Suggested Toppings:
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sliced sun-dried tomato pesto pizza from the side

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza (Vegan)

A vegan sun-dried tomato pesto pizza. This plant-based pizza is packed with flavor. You can make the pizza dough from scratch using this quick recipe or use a store-bought dough for an easy weeknight dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 12-inch pizza

Ingredients

Quick Pizza Dough

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour, spoon and leveled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, raw
  • 1 jar (210ml) sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Suggested Toppings

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup vegan cheese of choice, more or less to taste
  • Fresh arugula
  • Vegan sausage
  • Cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Make the Pizza Dough

  • In a medium bowl, place the yeast, sugar and warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the yeast foams.
  • Add the flour, salt and oil. Stir until combined. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Spread the dough on a round pan, lined with parchment paper if needed or on a pizza stone. Sprinkle with flour as needed if the dough is sticky. Avoid adding too much or the dough will be dry.

Make the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them at 350°F for 8 minutes or until fragrant. Once done, increase the oven to 450°F.
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining pesto ingredients to a food processor. Add the toasted walnuts and process until mostly smooth.

Prepare the Pizza

  • Spread the sun-dried tomato pesto on the prepared dough. There should be leftover pesto (use it on another pizza or served with pasta).
  • Add your other pizza toppings of choice. I love to sauté onions in a non-stick pan with oil for 5 minutes or until golden and fragrant, then serve it on the pizza with arugula, vegan sausages and vegan mozzarella.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

Notes

I love topping this pizza with sliced vegan sausages if I have some on hand. I love Gusta’s vegan sausages. This is optional.
I originally created this sun-dried tomato pesto for this recipe I made for Gusta. This pizza recipe is not sponsored.
You can use store-bought pizza dough for a quicker option, although this homemade pizza dough is as easy as it gets. 
You can try making this pizza dough with whole wheat flour, but it will be more dense. I would recommend using white flour for the best results or mix white and whole wheat 50:50.
This pizza dough recipe is strongly inspired by this recipe.

If you make this vegan sun-dried tomato pesto pizza, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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