Looking for a great pizza to satisfy vegetarians and omnivores alike? When it comes to veggie pizza, there are countless fresh-from-the-garden options that can hit it out of the park.
These are the very best pizza toppings for vegetarians:
Eggplant isn’t among the most popular toppings in the United States, but it’s a favorite in Italy. In the motherland of pizza, melanzane is a go-to topping for its slightly smoky flavor, which adds an unexpected complexity to pizza. If you love eggplant parm (and who doesn’t!), you’ll go crazy for eggplant on your veggie pizza.
In addition to the delicious and nutritious zucchini, did you know that zucchini plants also produce beautiful and edible flowers? Zucchini flowers are also an Italian favorite for veggie pizza and they’re now commonly found at many pizzerias stateside.
Unlike other vegetables, zucchini flowers do not need to be sauteed before going on your pie. Pizza chefs simply place zucchini flowers on top of the pizza before baking, allowing the oven to do the work.
Bonus tip: Order fried zucchini blossoms as an appetizer whenever you see them available. They’re stuffed with cheese, lightly fried, covered in honey, and a guaranteed smash hit for your entire table.
Mushrooms are an underrated umami bomb that can elevate any type of pizza. And, for recently converted vegetarians, they can be a tremendous substitute for popular meat toppings.
Portobello mushrooms, in particular, pack a meat-like flavor and consistency due to their maturity and thick texture. Or, if you’re looking for a nutty, buttery, and gently smoky flavor, you can opt for shiitake mushrooms. Alternatively, if you want to keep it basic (nothin’ wrong with that), get the old standby thinly-sliced white button mushrooms.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to mushrooms as a veggie pizza topper. In fact, there are more than 10,000 varieties of mushrooms out there, and we encourage you to hunt them all down Pokemon style.
When the moisture is removed from fresh tomatoes, it leaves behind a concentrated flavor that is hard to duplicate. Sun-dried tomatoes are a vegetarian’s best friend thanks to their sweet and tart flavor and they really pop when placed atop a pizza.
Most vegetables tend to soften in the oven, but sun-dried tomatoes retain much of their trademark chew in the oven, resulting in a brilliant textural contrast.
Newer vegetarians tend to miss meat on their pizza, but, fortunately, there are plenty of delicious “mock meat” options out there. Meatless chicken, in particular, stays true to the OG flavor and blends seamlessly on pizza. In fact, we’re willing to wager that your meat-eating friends won’t be able to tell the difference.
Love pesto as an appetizer? It’s time to give this meal-starter a promotion to the big leagues with a spot on top of your veggie pizza.
Made with garlic, pine nuts, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, salt, and olive oil, pesto is a perfect enhancer for your white pie.
Looking for a bit of sweetness? Bell peppers are up to the challenge. As an added bonus, bell pepper-topped pizzas usually feature a mix of red, yellow, and green pepper strips, making it as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious.
Vegetarian pizza need not be limited to just veggies, you know. Add figs and arugula to your pizza for a surprisingly scrumptious pie.
But what about pizza for vegans?
Don’t worry – we didn’t forget about our vegan friends. When you need a veggie pizza for the vegetarians and vegans in your group, order up a pie with vegan cheese!
There’s a delicious vegan substitute for just about every pizza cheese under the sun, which means that anyone can build the pizza of their dreams with the Slice app.