Issue 1 – Summer

How to Make Mediterranean Style Pizza

TIP 1: When it comes to pizza, the cheese plays a crucial role. Many pizzas are so piled with cheese that you barely taste the toppings! It’s important to find a balance where the cheese enhances the flavors rather than overpowering them. It’s interesting to note that cheese serves as a structural component that holds everything together.

TIP 2: You can make your own vegan cheese or purchase it from the store. Thankfully, it’s become easier to find a packaged vegan shredded cheese at the store. If the price of packaged vegan cheese deters you, there’s a simple yet effective tip to achieve a cheese-like experience. Take a few tablespoons of vegan mayo, and mix in a little lemon juice and yeast flakes. Drizzle this mixture on your pizza. It gives the look of cheese and has a similar flavor profile!


  • 1 store-bought pizza crust (check the label to ensure it’s vegan) or use recipe above.
  • ½ cup tomato sauce or marinara sauce
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (any variety you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup Artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup vegan cheese (such as vegan mozzarella or a dairy-free cheese blend)
  • Salt and dry oregano
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Vegan Mediterranean Pizza made by Chef Nick Stroot


1 – Preheat your oven to 500 degrees or according to the instructions if using pre-made crust. (See next page for making your own crust and do this step first)

2 – Roll out the prepared pizza dough on a floured surface to your desired thickness. 6oz is a good amount for a personal size pizza.

3 – Transfer the rolled-out dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone that has been sprinkled with cornmeal (to prevent sticking)

4 – Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.

5 – Distribute the toppings evenly over the sauce. Use more or less of each according to taste.

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