Make Your Own Dairy-Free Pizza

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

It's not the crust of the 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.

The toppings, however, can be more of a challenge. The following eight pizzas don't include any dairy ingredients, provided you use a dairy-free crust. Try one of these the next time you're in the mood for delicious pizza.

1

Tried and True Pizza

Pizza Marinara Di Giuseppe Carpretti
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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.

2

Pesto Pizza

Flatbread Pizzas with Broccoli Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato and Egg
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In the summer, basil is easy to find and an easy way to sneak healthy food into kids' diets. 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 it's great with mushrooms or sausage.

3

Fresh Shellfish Pizza

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

  • Warm the clams in a skillet with a little olive oil, 2 cloves of sliced garlic, 1/4 cup minced parsley, and 2 teaspoons of fresh minced thyme until they open, if fresh
  • Using either fresh or canned chopped tomatoes, spread them over the crust
  • Add a little salt and a drizzle of olive oil to the crust and cook for 20 minutes in a 450 F oven
  • Spread the clams over the crust and cook for another 5 minutes (don't use fresh clams that didn't open when warmed).
4

White Pizza

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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.

5

Pizza alla Bismarck

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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.

6

Hummus Pizza

Vegan Hummus Pizza
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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.

7

Barbecue Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza
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Barbecue sauce on a pizza? Why not? Dairy-free artichoke pizza is one tasty 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.

8

Fruit Pizza

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

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