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This vibrant veggie and avocado pizza is the ultimate vegetarian pizza recipe, starring bell peppers, fresh basil, and creamy goat cheese!

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After 4 trips to Italy and over 10 years of research, Alex and I can finally say we’re homemade pizza experts. We’ve created our own master recipes for perfectly chewy and crispy crust and tangy tomato sauce. We know how to get those beautiful char marks (our fancy oven). While the classic Margherita pizza is our specialty, there’s a new favorite in town: this California veggie and avocado pizza! It’s full of colorful veggie toppings: peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and dollops of soft goat cheese. Top it all off with that vegetable (or fruit!) darling: the avocado.

Related: Homemade Pizza for Beginners | Best Goat Cheese Recipes

Vegetable toppings: avocado, red onion, bell pepper, basil

The secrets to topping this veggie & avocado pizza

This veggie and avocado pizza is a take on the “So Cal” pizza served here in Indianapolis at Jockomo’s. When a dear friend asked us if we could create a pizza inspired by the So Cal, we jumped at the chance. It turned out incredibly colorful and totally delicious, due to the genius combination of flavors and textures. Here are the toppings on this veggie and avocado pizza:

  1. Easy homemade pizza sauce: our “famous” pizza sauce makes a savory base
  2. Mozzarella & goat cheese: Creamy, tangy goat cheese dollops contrast gooey mozzarella
  3. Bell peppers & red onion add beautiful colors and a crunchy texture
  4. Fresh basil adds a peppery herbaceous note
  5. Avocado seals the deal (or even grilled avocado)

In all our years of making artisan pizza, this veggie & avocado pizza one is our favorite toppings. It’s a tasty way to eat an avocado…as if you needed another one! Speaking of, we’ve started an informal tradition of pizza night on Thursdays instead of Fridays! It’s been a nice way to celebrate almost making it to the end of the week. How about you – do you have any pizza traditions?

Related: Homemade Pizza Recipes | What’s the Best Pizza Stone? | Pizza Topping Ideas

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How to make pizza dough

For the dough for this veggie and avocado pizza, we’ve got several recipes that you can make depending on your tastes and equipment! Here are our best methods:

Making pizza dough is all about watching a master show you how it’s done! Below is a video of Alex showing how to make and stretch the pizza dough!

Veggie & avocado pizza

Looking for artisan pizza recipes?

This veggie and avocado pizza is one of our favorite artisan pizzas to make at home. Here are a few of our other best homemade pizza recipes:

Related: Want a quick pizza dough without yeast? Rye Pizza Dough Cracker Crust

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x


This vibrant veggie and avocado pizza is the ultimate vegetarian pizza recipe, starring bell peppers, fresh basil, and creamy goat cheese!




  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Homemade Pizza Sauce.
  4. Prepare the toppings: Thinly slice the peppers. Thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice (chiffonade) the basil leaves. Remove the avocado pit
  5. Place the dough on the pizza peel: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel. 
  6. Quickly assemble the pizza: Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce onto the dough. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Then add sliced peppers, onions, and dollops of goat cheese. Using a spoon, scoop out small dollops of the flesh onto the pizza. Sprinkle the top with kosher salt
  7. Bake the pizza: Transfer the pizza to the pizza stone in the oven using the pizza peel, and bake until the cheese is melted, about 7 minutes (or 1 minute in a pizza oven). Allow to cool slightly, then garnish with basil and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Last updated: November 2019

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Augustus@ Healthy Eating Tips says:

    Nice pictures, I hope you guys can actually create a healthy pizza, with minimal use of cheese and all the unhealthy accessories. Thanks for sharing this though.

  2. Kathryn says:

    I love goat cheese on a pizza – it feels so luxurious somehow! You’ve used most of my favourite foods in the world on this, perfect inspiration for our next pizza night.

  3. Lety says:

    Delicious!! love the goat cheese and avocado combo!

  4. lynsey | says:

    goat cheese is one of my favourites on pizza, but have never tried avocado! I feel I am missing out. This looks amazing. xo

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