This hummus pizza (without red sauce) takes just minutes to assemble, is packed with veggies (+ tons of other options!), and can be enjoyed as an appetizer, side, or light meal! This version is for a Mediterranean veggie pizza topped with artichokes, spinach, tomato, and bell pepper!
Mediterranean Hummus Pizza Without Cheese
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that even us vegans are pizza-obsessed. However, sometimes it’s nice to avoid processed vegan cheese and even the red sauce base. Luckily, this fun and healthy hummus pizza recipe has your back! This Mediterranean hummus flatbread is a wonderful twist on a family favorite, with a creamy hummus base topped with fresh, flavorful Mediterranean-style veggies!
This vegetable pizza without red sauce substitutes the latter for a thick and creamy hummus base. Meanwhile, a fresh and vibrant topping of mixed Mediterranean vegetables adds texture, color, and tons of flavor. The results are a Mediterranean flatbread pizza packed with plant-based protein and tons of vitamins and minerals while also full of flavor!
Even better, this hummus pizza without vegan cheese is dairy-free, egg-free, meat-free, vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, and can be made gluten-free (depending on the pizza crust). Get it prepped in no time at all, and then enjoy it yourself, serve up to the family as a mid-week dinner, or serve as a party appetizer to impress!
Pizza crust: You can use a homemade or store-bought vegan pizza crust for this hummus pizza. You could also use alternative crusts (like butternut squash/cauliflower-based) or a flatbread (like Greek flatbread) to make a hummus flatbread pizza.
Hummus: We used homemade creamy plain hummus. However, feel free to experiment with different flavors (garlic, red pepper, pesto, pistachio, etc.). You can also use store-bought hummus.
Vegetables: We used a combination of bell pepper (any color), tomato, baby spinach (or other baby greens like arugula/sprouts/micro herbs), and artichoke hearts (canned and drained) to make this Mediterranean pizza with hummus.
Garlic: Sauté a little garlic in oil (or use this pan-roasted garlic) while the crust bakes and then sprinkle over the hummus layer.
Raw Vegetables: Olives, zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion (if you don’t mind it raw), avocado, corn or peas (frozen), radish, cucumber, etc.
Cooked vegetables: Mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, red onions, asparagus, etc. You could also use leftover roasted veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, etc.
Herbs: For extra flavor, sprinkle a tiny amount of dried Oregano, Italian seasoning, or other dried herbs over the Mediterranean flatbread pizza OR mix them into the hummus. You can also garnish the pizza with fresh herbs like fresh basil. Check out this article on how to properly store herbs for ultimate freshness!
Vegan Cheese: I know we advertised this as pizza without vegan cheese. But if you have a craving for something cheesy, you could crumble over some vegan feta cheese or even a melty vegan mozzarella.
Nuts/seeds: To add crunch, sprinkle the vegan Mediterranean pizza with mixed seeds or crushed nuts (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, etc.). Pine nuts are also a delicious addition (toast in a pan until fragrant).
Spice: Sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes over the hummus pizza.
Oil: You could drizzle the finished pizza with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil.
Balsamic vinegar: Alternatively, you could use balsamic vinegar/glaze.
Hummus salad pizza: Top the hummus with lots of leafy greens like arugula, micro greens, pea shoots, and even fresh herbs (parsley). Then top it off with a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil.
What are our favorite add-ins? If we want a little something extra to the Mediterranean hummus flatbread, then we’ll add some red onion, black olives, and a drizzle of pesto to the base ingredients! If you have some in the pantry, a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts is also great (but quite pricey).
How to Make Hummus Pizza?
First, prepare the pizza crust (or flatbread) according to the directions.
Meanwhile, prepare your toppings by washing and slicing the veggies and draining the artichoke hearts (if using).
Then, spread the hummus over the warmed pizza crust (adjust the amount used to preference).
Spread the vegetables over the hummus layer and then slice and enjoy your veggie hummus pizza!
How to Store?
This hummus pizza is best enjoyed on the day it’s prepared, if you want to enjoy the warm base and cold toppings. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Note that the base will get soggier over time.
You can also freeze the hummus pizza if the veggie toppings are baked (which will help preserve their texture). Wrap tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.
In terms of making it ahead, you can always prepare and store your own pizza bases in the freezer. Likewise, the hummus can be prepared several days in advance. You could even make any roasted vegetable toppings several days in advance. That way, you just need to throw it all together – and voila!
How to Serve?
You can enjoy this Mediterranean hummus pizza (without vegan cheese) alone or alongside:
With a dippingsauce: Possibly like a vegan ranch dressing or something else creamy.
Can we enjoy hummus pizza warm? Yes. Simply bake the pizza crust with the toppings already in place for a warm hummus pizza. We quite like it – but some may not.
Do I have to use raw vegetables? Not necessarily. One of our favorite options is making a roasted Mediterranean veggie pizza. While the crust bakes, sauté your Mediterranean vegetables (bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, onion, etc.) in a skillet. You can then top the hummus pizza with a combination of the cooked veggies are uncooked elements (spinach and olives, etc.) for a truly delicious light lunch!
Adjust the amount of hummus used: Based on how thick you want it to be.
Experiment with the ‘crust: This Mediterranean veggie pizza is super versatile. As well as using regular pizza dough or making a hummus flatbread pizza, you could even use pita bread or even a tortilla (brushed lightly with oil and heated in a pan until crisp). Use whatever you have to hand!
Chop the vegetables into bite–sized pieces: That way, they’ll adhere to the hummus better, and the hummus flatbread pizza will be easier to eat.
Customize the topping as preferred: There are so many toppings that pair with the hummus topping, so experiment and find your favorite combination.
The hummus fills the void of the creaminess you get from vegan cheese and makes for the perfect pizza. It's also a very healthy option, and does not even come close to the amount of calories and fat in a normal pizza. Enjoy!