Happy Vegan Pizza Day, everyone! As I was thinking about (well, literally dreaming about) what I would like to make for vegan pizza day, I realized that it's been a little bit since I actually had pizza (a little bit being two weeks!). I don't know how that much time could go by without enjoying a little pizza goodness.
Since apparently every day is not vegan pizza day, I wanted my pizza extra special. And since it's summer, it needed to be extra green. I whipped up my favorite gluten free pizza crust for the occasion, but this is not a necessity. Store bought crust is totally fine.
Now on to the fun stuff, the toppings:
basic tomato sauce (canned tomato puree mixed with sea salt, dried onion, garlic, thyme and basil)
zucchini (thinly sliced, salted and set aside for 30 minutes to remove moisture)
kale (Russian and curly! chopped and lightly steamed for 5 minutes)
broccolini (same as kale)
cashew cream (1/2 C soaked cashews, blended with about 2 T water, 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 T nooch, 1/8 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp salt, dash of cayenne)
avocado (sliced and added AFTER baking)
Bake in 450 degree oven for 15 - 20 minutes, until crust is firm and slightly crispy on the edges. Let cool for five minutes and add sliced avocado. Gobble as quickly as you can, and attempt to save some for the boyfriend who is sadly stuck at work on this most amazing national holiday!
If you're out and about today and not able to make your own pizza, quarrygirl.com has an extensive list of restaurants offering amazing vegan pizzas all over the country. Here are just a few of the local highlights:
MCafe Melrose location, after 2pm (which means go now!) will be offering 3 different pizzas.
Z Pizza is offering up slices of the Berkeley Vegan from 5-7pm.
Cruzer is offering 30% off on your order when you mention "Vegan Pizza Day Discount"
Follow Your Heart is serving up vegan deep dish pizza until 4pm.
Urbano Pizza Bar downtown LA is offering special vegan pizzas and calzone.
Native Foods has amazing pizzas on a daily basis, so why not enjoy one today!
Echo Park Vegan Pizza Crawl is going on all day! Eat and drink your way through Echo Park where area restaurants will be offering vegan pizza specials today.