This was the champion slice in our unofficial vegan pizza challenge! It's the clear winner when you can basically smell it through the screen. It's quite the concoction too. Have you ever dusted your pizza crust with seasoned pistachios?! No? Well I'm about to change your life with that and the rest of this vegan pizza masterpiece!
Watch the vegan pizza challenge below.
** makes enough for 1 x 13"-15" pizza **
1/4 C shelled unsalted pistachios
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 C veggie chik'un strips (we used 2 pkgs of Yves brand)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying chik'un)
1/4 C bbq sauce (or you can use half bbq and half hot sauce)
1 C daiya mozzarella style shreds
1/2 C thinly sliced red onion
2 C arugula
To make the vegan ranch follow our recipe here
Heat a pan over medium heat with vegetable oil and break up or finely chop chik'un strips even more so with your hands or a knife. Brown the strips for 4-5 minutes, then add bbq sauce and cook another minute until well coated.
Grind up pistachios in a coffee grinder until a fine powder is formed. Pour out the pistachio dust into a small bowl and stir in sea salt (if the pistachios are unsalted) and garlic powder.
Dust the pistachio crumbs all over the crust. Make your own from our recipe here or you can find pre-risen pizza dough in the deli section of most grocery stores.
Add mozzarella shreds, red onion, and bbq chik'un strips.
Then bake the pizza in an oven pre-heated to 450 F. Add arugula during last minute of baking to slightly wilt it.
Thin out the vegan ranch with a little bit extra almond milk or water and drizzle it on top of the pizza before serving.