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margherita pizza

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This tasty creation was part of the hot for food unofficial vegan pizza challenge! It’s classic pizza at its finest without any animal by-products. Although I love making wild pizza creations, sometimes it’s nice to stick to the basics. This vegan margherita pizza has simple tomato sauce, homemade cashew mozzarella, and basil. You can make your own dough from scratch, or buy a vegan dough from the store. 

It was up against my BBQ chik’un ranch pizza, but mine came out on top. You can find my BBQ chik’un ranch pizza recipe here. It’s even more delicious (and the votes prove it!). 

Watch the vegan pizza challenge below!

margherita pizza

Who needs real cheese when you can whip up cashew mozza in a hot minute to make this tasty margherita pizza!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pizza, vegan pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soak 2 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 x 13"-15" pizza
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 1/2 C raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1 C unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 C pizza sauce
  • 1/2 C whole basil leaves


  1. Drain and rinse the raw cashews from the soaking water. Add to a blender with almond milk, lemon juice, tapioca, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, and white pepper and combine until very smooth.
  2. Heat this cheese mixture over medium heat in a small sauce pan, whisking until thickened (approximately 8 to 10 minutes).

  3. Spread pizza sauce evenly over pizza crust. Make your own dough using my recipe, or you can purchase pizza dough from the deli section of most grocery stores.
  4. Dollop the cashew mozzarella using a spoon. You can also pour the mixture into a piping bag with a thick tip, or into a Ziploc bag where you can snip the corner and squeeze out the mixture. It doesn't have to be even. Spread it out a little with a spoon or your finger.

  5. Bake the pizza in an oven preheated to 450°F and add basil leaves on top in the last minute of baking.


  • Lauren Ibarra 4 years ago

    Would soy milk work here?

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      for the cheese? yes

  • Courtney Radnidge 4 years ago

    OMG sooooo good!! I am a pathetic cook and I’ve only been vegan for about 5 months and this was probably my first fully successful vegan cooking experience hahaha thank you!

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      WOW! awesome 😀

  • Aditi Roy 4 years ago

    How long should it be in the oven for?

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    Could you sub the tapioca starch for cornstarch or arrowroot?

  • Jenna 3 years ago

    Used the cheese to make stuffed crust pizza. Amazing. Thank you!

  • Kissa Batul 3 years ago

    Made this for lunch and my God was it ever so good. I don’t have words for how much I enjoyed this. You guys make it easy for me to be a vegan with all your amazing recipes.

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