Make Your Own Dairy-Free Pizza

These recipes will make you forget about cheese entirely

There's nothing like a great pizza. But if you're allergic to milk, lactose intolerant or you simply avoid milk out of personal preference, creating that great (and now dairy-free) pizza can be a challenge.

It's not the crust of a pizza that's usually a problem when you have a milk-free diet. Luckily, dairy-free pizza crusts are available from many manufacturers. That means making your own dairy-free pizza can take less than half an hour. (If you are having a hard time finding a safe crust, check out this allergen-free pizza dough recipe.)

The toppings, however, can be more of a challenge. The following eight pizzas don't include any dairy ingredients (provided you use a safe crust). Try one of them the next time you're in the mood for great pizza.

Tried and True

Pizza Marinara Di Giuseppe Carpretti. Credit: Pacific Press / Contributor / Getty Images

Marinara sauce, fresh basil, and a little olive oil are classic for a reason. You can top with dairy-free cheese (such as soy cheese or rice cheese) if you have a favorite brand, but do be aware that milk-free cheeses don't melt quite like their dairy-rich cousins.


Flatbread Pizzas with Broccoli Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato and Egg. Credit: The Washington Post / Contributor / Getty Images

In summer, basil is easy to find and a great way to sneak healthy food into kids' diets (so long as they're not in an "I refuse to eat anything green" stage). Dairy-free pesto is simple: make it by combining equal parts torn basil and toasted pine nuts with one finely minced clove of garlic in a food processor or using a mortar and pestle. Add olive oil in a thin drizzle until the mixture forms a thick paste, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pesto is rich enough to stand up to many toppings and is great with mushrooms or sausage.

Fresh Shellfish

Full Frame Shot Of Pizza. Credit: Boldog István Dávid / EyeEm / Getty Images

For an elegant and unusual dairy-free pizza variation, try Pizza alle Vongole Veraci, a cheese-free pizza with fresh clams, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.

White Pizza

Sliced White Pizza. Credit: Jennifer Borton / Getty Images

Fresh Roma tomatoes, garlic, basil leaves, and either olive oil or a dairy-free white sauce are another classic combination. If you choose the white sauce, you'll have the rich feel of dairy without the actual allergen.

Pizza alla Bismarck

Pizza Alla Bismark | Diethood. Credit: / Google Images

For a truly unexpected pizza, try cheese-free Pizza alla Bismarck, which is served with an egg cracked over the top. Virtually any filling that would make a good omelet — ham, olives, peppers, onions — is a good choice to top this pizza.


Vegan Hummus Pizza. Credit: / Getty Images

Go Middle Eastern with this thick chickpea spread. Hummus is an especially good choice for vegetarian pizzas. Try Cheeseless Hummus Pizza or create your own combination of toppings. You can use premade hummus from a jar or a deli or make homemade hummus in a matter of minutes.

Barbecue Sauce

BBQ Chicken Pizza. Credit: Lauri Patterson / Getty Images

Barbecue sauce on a pizza? Why not? Dairy-free artichoke pizza is one great option for trying this unexpected topping, or you can add your own flavor — caramelized onions, grilled chicken, or roasted red peppers are all great options.

Dessert Pizza

Fresh Fruit Pizza. / Google Images

If you're looking for the crispy-chewy texture of pizza, why not try a fruit pizza? Fruit pizzas are kid-friendly, optionally vegan, and can take advantage of whatever happens to be in season — berries in summer, apples and pears in the fall.

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