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Basic Vegan Pizza Dough

This Basic Vegan Pizza Dough is the perfect starting point for all your pizza adventures! For this easy dough, you’ll only need 5 simple ingredients. Top the crust with any ingredients you like!

pizza dough

Every pizza starts with a crust, so it’s important to get the basics right. This is my go-to Basic Vegan Pizza Dough which I have been using for years now. I love the simplicity of it!

You can use this simple yeast dough for all kinds of baked goods: garlic knots, pretzels, a loaf of bread, breadsticks, naan, wraps, and whatever you can possibly think of.

You can also prepare a batch of this dough and keep it in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Then you can break off whatever you need, let it rise at room temperature for 1/2 to an hour before using it.

How to make Vegan Pizza Dough

As always, you can find the whole recipe in the box below but I want to give you an overview of the necessary ingredients and the process with step-by-step photos first.

The Ingredients

You’ll only need 5 pantry staple ingredients:

  • flour (I use all-purpose flour but if you have 00-flour you can use that too!)
  • instant yeast (or active dry yeast)
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • water

The basic steps

flour, yeast, and salt in bowl
Step 1: Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl.
vegan pizza dough in kitchen aid
Step 2: Add the olive oil and water. Let it knead by a kitchen machine with a dough hook (or use a spoon to stir and then your hands to knead the dough) until it’s a smooth dough.
rolled out vegan pizza dough
Step 4: Roll out the dough, try not to apply too much pressure if you want a bubbly crust.
After that, you can top it with tomato sauce and your favorite ingredients! And bake.

Vegan Pizza Topping Ideas

As for the toppings, I’ll let you have the final decision over that. The crust works with very minimalistic toppings or with loads of toppings. It’s your choice! Here are a few ideas:

Basic Vegan Pizza Dough
Basic Vegan Pizza Dough topped with tomato sauce, cashew mozzarella, and fresh basil

The Alternative: Yeast-Free Vegan Pizza Dough

If you’re looking for a yeast-free (and therefore quicker) alternative, check out my Yeast-Free Vegan Pizza Dough recipe.


Show me your pizza creation using the basic vegan pizza dough!

Post a photo of your vegan pizza on Instagram, use the hashtag #elephantasticvegan #veganpizzaparty and include the tag @elephantasticvegan to make sure I’ll see it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Basic Vegan Pizza Dough

Basic Vegan Pizza Dough

Bianca / Elephantastic Vegan
This Basic Vegan Pizza Dough is the perfect starting point for all your pizza adventures! For this easy dough, you'll only need 5 simple ingredients. Top the crust with any ingredients you like!
4.59 from 29 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Basics
Cuisine Italian, Vegan
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 607 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more to dust the dough and surfaces
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil + more to coat the dough
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water


  • Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and water. Mix and knead by hand until it’s a soft, non-sticky dough or put all the ingredients in a  kitchen machine and let the machine knead the dough for you. Finetune the dough: If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too crumbly, add more water.
  • Coat the ball of dough in a drizzle of olive oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (2-3 hours depending on the room temperature). 
  • Preheat the oven to 480°F/250°C. 
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts. Carefully roll it out on a lightly floured parchment paper into two pizza crusts (don’t use too much pressure). You can stretch it a bit with your hands until it has the right shape. 
  • Transfer the crust on the parchment paper onto a baking tray. Top the pizza dough with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, and your favorite toppings!
  • Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes (depending on how many toppings you add) until the crust is golden and slightly crispy. Enjoy!



Calories: 607kcalCarbohydrates: 122gProtein: 18gFat: 3gSodium: 301mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 5gCalcium: 23mgIron: 7.4mg
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

Once making the dough could I wrap it up or put in a container and use in 2-3 days ?


Wednesday 7th of February 2024

absolutely! I do this all the time and it works well!


Wednesday 21st of September 2022

This the only pizza dough recipe I make. It comes out perfect every time!


Thursday 12th of November 2020

Can you pre make this and make the dough and use the next day?


Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Yes, definitely. I do this all the time. Make a big batch of dough, put it in the fridge overnight, use it the next day (I leave it at room temperature for 1-2 hours before using if possible).


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

I make 7 thin crust, 12 inch pizzas by doubling this recipe. I use 3x the amount of olive oil, though. Tbsp instead of tsp, and 3 to 4 tsp all-spice or pizza seasoning gives it a certain kick.


Sunday 12th of July 2020

How big is each pizza? I am trying to make enough to feed 24 people and am trying to figure out what I should multiply the recipe by. Alternatively, if I follow the instructions marked "3x," which has a serving size of 6 pizzas, does that mean I will have enough to feed 6 people, or would they be bigger than a personal pan size?