One of my childhood food memories is a vegetable pizza made from Crescent Rolls, ranch dressing, and chopped vegetables. In my neighborhood, it was a party staple. When I think back, I wonder if all our moms got together to think of a way to trick us into eating vegetables. But then, of course, a vegetable pizza made with ranch is the perfect way to grab someone's attention.
Since transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, I only miss a few childhood staples, one of which is ranch dressing. So, of course, I figured out how to make Vegan Ranch Dressing as a means to survive. If I was getting the family on my vegan bandwagon, I learned to make foods they loved without compromising nutrition or taste.
With that being said, my husband asked me to replicate our childhood vegetable pizza to make it healthy and still enjoy the tasty combination of the ranch, dough, and chopped vegetables.
Crescent Rolls aren't in my meal plan. Although Crescent Rolls are vegan, healthy there are not. So, I used my Pizza Dough recipe for this vegetable pizza recipe.
Pizza dough, though time-consuming, is easy to make oil-free, and if you double the recipe, it also freezes well, which saves time the next time you want to make something with dough.
Universal for various recipes, I find the Oil-Free Pizza Dough works for any recipe calling for pastry, pizza, or any dough. It can be flavored or left plain, and once it rises, it's very easy to b use.
Other recipes using Oil-Free Pizza Dough
- Pizza of any kind
- Vegetable Strudel
- Vegan Mushroom Wellington
- Pizza Pinwheels
- BLT Pizza with Coconut Bacon
- Pesto Salad Dressing
What ingredients are needed for the vegetable pizza dough?
- Warm water
- Dry active yeast
- Raw sugar
- Whole wheat flour
- Vital wheat gluten
- Flaxseed meal
- Maple syrup
Helpful tips for preparing vegetable pizza dough
- Lay a large piece of parchment paper under the dough and roll the dough directly on the parchment paper so the dough easily transfers onto the pan.
- Since this is a 16 X 24 sheet pan-sized pizza, roll it lengthwise, thin.
- Use flour on the rolling pin if it sticks.
- Transfer the rolled-out dough to the baking sheet and lightly pull it into the corners of the pan, forming a 16 X 24-inch rectangle shape.
- Then, using a sharp knife, poke holes in the dough surface to prevent bubbling.
- Make the vegan ranch dressing as the dough cooks at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Allow the crust to cool completely before adding the vegan ranch or the topping.
The vegan ranch sauce before the toppings
Because the Vegan Ranch Dressing needs to be a bit thicker than a dressing for the vegetable pizza, be sure to alter the ranch recipe by reducing the water by ¼ cup water,
- Raw cashew pieces or replace with white beans for a nut-free option
- Rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar (I like rice vinegar).
- Lemon juice
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Fresh dill, chopped
- Parsley, chopped
The vegetable pizza toppings...it's all about the toppings.
- Yellow Baby Bell Peppers
- Red Bell Peppers
- Green Onions
- White Onions
- Purple Cabbage
Although I chose these colorful vegetables, feel free to pick your favorites. I do, however, avoid using juicy tomatoes to prevent sogginess. If you want to use tomatoes, I suggest choosing Roma tomatoes, containing fewer seeds.
Building the perfect vegetable pizza
Begin by spooning the ranch dip over the top of the cooked, cooled crust. Next, spread the sauce evenly but not too thick.
Then, sprinkle the toppings evenly over the dressed crust. Next, cut the pizza with a pizza cutter and serve the pizza.
Even though this is an easy recipe, kids love helping with this particular vegetable pizza. It might even make the little ones like veggies!
If you are trying to impress the kids, try these recipes
- Pizza Pinwheels
- Vegan Chili Mac
- Sloppy Joes
- Baked Tater Tots
- Tater Tot Nachos
- Vegan Nachos
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Chicken Pot Pie Noodles
- Enchilada Pasta
- Vegan Tacos
Vegetable Pizza Dough
- 1 recipe oil-free pizza dough
Ranch Dressing Sauce
- 1 recipe vegan ranch dressing reduce water to ½ cup instead of ¾ cup water
Vegetable Toppings: ½ cup each
- Carrots shredded
- Yellow Baby Bell Peppers sliced
- Red Bell Peppers diced
- Broccolini chopped
- Green Onions and White Onions chopped
- Purple Cabbage chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Prepare the dough according to the oil-free pizza dough directions.
- Now, prepare the ranch dressing, following the recipe (alter the recipe by reducing water to ½ cup water instead of 3.4 cup water); set aside.
- Using a large parchment paper, roll the dough with some excess flour onto the parchment paper to transfer it onto a baking sheet.
- Once transferred, use your hands to move the dough into the pan's corners, pushing it into the corner to form a rectangle.
- Now, poke holes in the dough with a sharp knife to prevent the dough from bubbling when it cooks.
- Bake crust for 20 minutes, and allow to cool completely before adding the ranch sauce.
- Spread a thin layer of vegan ranch dressing over the crust's surface evenly.
- Sprinkle with the chopped toppings
- Cut and serve
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂
This looks amazing! Do you have a suggestion for a good gluten-free pizza dough recipe?
Hi Leslie, you can just swap out the flour for gluten-free flour and skip the vital wheat gluten. Instead, add more gluten-free flour to replace the vital wheat gluten.