Vegan Thai Pizza

Vegan Thai Pizza from Coffee & Quinoa

Today I come to you with a very important question: How do you eat your leftover pizza?

This is one of those conversations we’ve had about a million times in the lunchroom at work. The reason is that one co-worker, a New Yorker and self-proclaimed pizza snob, refuses to microwave his leftover pizza. He claims it makes the crust soggy and ruins the pizza. Another former co-worker was dead-set against eating cold any food that was supposed to be eaten hot, and found it completely unacceptable not to microwave leftovers. And soooo this same topic was hashed out and re-hashed whenever anyone brought pizza for lunch.

Vegan Thai Pizza from Coffee & Quinoa

Me, I’m not against microwaving pizza. If I’m at home, I’ll use the toaster oven instead to crisp up the crust, but at work (or at home now that our toaster doesn’t seem to have survived the move) I’ll stick it in the microwave. I’d usually rather do that than eat cold food – eating a cold lunch in our over-air-conditioned office makes me sad. But I discovered that what I really like to do (and this goes for all leftovers, not just pizza) is to take one bite cold and then heat up the rest. I’m not sure why… maybe I’m just impatient? Or I like to take the opportunity to see what the dish tastes like cold, which I obviously didn’t have the night before when it was fresh? It’s a mystery, and it might be quirky, but that’s just what I like to do.

People have strong feelings about their pizza, clearly. I’m not too picky, other than my preferred reheating method – it all sounds good to me, and that’s probably the reason that I love the idea of this vegan Thai pizza. With neither tomatoes nor cheese, this is clearly not your typical New York- or Italian-style pizza. Instead, it’s made with a peanut butter sauce and veggies that roast to a crunchy perfection as it cooks. It’s actually kind of like the pizza version of my favorite noodle dish! I think it’s clear that we can add a peanut sauce to anything and I’m in love.

Vegan Thai Pizza from Coffee & Quinoa

Credit for this pizza goes to my sister Caitlin and my mom, as well as Triumph Wellness, where Caitlin originally found this recipe. It’s a staple for her and her husband, and we made it together on the Vineyard this summer. And the pizza you see here was made by my lovely mother this past week while I was home. We had planned on making lunch together, but she ended up making the whole thing while I fiddled around with my dad’s camera, trying to get the settings the way I wanted them. Oops. It was not a total success with the camera – you can tell they’re different from the usual for me – but I’m glad I was at least able to document this pizza for you in all its peanutty deliciousness. Thanks for lunch, Mom!

Vegan Thai Pizza from Coffee & Quinoa

While I’m certainly not the first one to publish a vegan Thai pizza recipe, this guy is too good not to share. It’s the perfect pizza if you’re vegan, not a cheese lover, or (like me) just love both pizza and peanut sauce and don’t see why the two can’t be combined. Hope you guys love it!

Vegan Thai Pizza from Coffee & Quinoa

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Vegan Thai Pizza
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Yields: 2 pizzas
For the crust:
  • cornstarch or olive oil for crust
  • 2 pizza crusts (pre-made or my favorite recipe)
For the sauce:
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
For topping:
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves (15-20 or so)
  • 1-2 Tbsp sesame seeds for sprinkling
  • handful chopped peanuts for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare 2 pizza pans by either sprinkling with cornstarch or misting with olive oil to present sticking. Stretch or roll out pizza dough and place on pans.
  2. Blend together sauce ingredients. Spread on crusts and add toppings. Cook until crust is firm and veggies are beginning to soften, 10-12 minutes.
  3. Slice and enjoy immediately. Enjoy!
Adapted from Triumph Wellness.


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  • Emily Segal September 18, 2013, 5:47 am

    Thanks for the shout out. Your pizza looks great!
    emily at triumph wellness :-)

    • Erica September 18, 2013, 9:45 am

      Thanks Emily – love your recipe!

  • Julia September 18, 2013, 8:20 am

    Thai pizza is one of my favorites!! I have to say, I’m with your co-worker – microwaving pizza makes the crust a little funked out and the cheese gets a little weird too for me…that doesn’t mean I won’t eat nuked pizza though…I totally will. I’m all about cold leftover pizza. Straight from the refer and into my mouth. ;)

  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green September 18, 2013, 8:33 am

    Wow this looks incredible!! Yum!! I’m so intrigued by this peanut sauce.. on a pizza? I’ve never heard of this combo but I want to try it out!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl September 18, 2013, 9:30 am

    This sounds seriously fantastic! I love Thai-inspired pizzas :).

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine September 18, 2013, 1:28 pm

    A vegan, Thai pizza?! I love it! As for leftover pizza, cold all the way ;) My husband has to heat it up though – I think it’s so bizarre!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 18, 2013, 5:16 pm

    I would have never thought to put Thai flavors on pizza but it sounds amazing! I think your pictures turned out pretty darn awesome too. I know sometimes all I want to do is just eat and say forget the pictures! :)

  • Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) September 19, 2013, 2:56 pm

    Beautiful. I’m a cheese pizza guy myself, but I definitely don’t mind having to play and experiment with flavors on my pizza. And peanut sauce on pizza? Very interesting.

  • Emma (This Kind Choice) September 23, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Oh my, you might not be the first person to post a vegan thai pizza recipe, but this is the first I’VE seen of it and it looks so good! Once again proof that peanut butter goes with everything. I’m bookmarking this!

  • luminousvegans September 27, 2013, 2:47 pm

    I love Thai food and I love pizza…win-win! I love all the directions one can go with pizza. One would never miss the cheese on this one!


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