This vegan pizza is so delicious and flavorful, you won’t believe it is vegan and gluten-free. I love this recipe because I can modify it depending on what ingredients we have on hand or what I’m in the mood for! And because the crust is so versatile, it is the perfect base for any of your favorite toppings. I know you agree this Caramelized Onion, Fig, and Arugula Pizza is worth the time and effort!
Did you know that eating 1/2 cup of figs supplies as much calcium as drinking 1/2 cup of milk? Plus, figs deliver more fiber than prunes and more potassium than bananas.
If you can’t find fresh figs, you can substitute pears or any other fruit of your choice in this recipe.
Take your time caramelizing the onions. It takes a long time on very low heat to get the sweet, rich flavor we are going for.
Inside onion cells are disaccharides, which are sugars formed by two monosaccharides (simple sugars) bonded together. When onions are heated, these disaccharides are broken down into monosaccharides by breaking the bonds that link the monosaccharides to each other. This reaction of breaking down larger sugars into single sugar molecules is what causes sautéed or caramelized onions to brown and develop a sweeter flavor.
The combination of the sweet onions and figs with the slightly bitter tang of the arugula and also the creamy vegan ricotta are an unbeatable combination in this Caramelized Onion, Fig and Arugula Pizza.
Pizza is often a meal in itself. The combination of the crust, toppings, and vegan cheese make it filling and satisfying. To whet your appetite, consider starting off with some Buffalo Maitake Mushrooms!
1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 to 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons vegan butter
2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
2 cups fresh arugula
1.5 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 large fresh or dried figs, sliced in half
3/4 cup vegan ricotta
1 tablespoon agave nectar
Pinch of salt
Reheat leftovers in the oven at 425oF for 8 –10 minutes.