Have you ever been hanging out with friends when they decide to go grab pizza at a notoriously not-vegan-friendly pizzeria? We’ve been there. Or, even worse…have you ever called your local pizza chain to order a veganized pizza only to hear a long silence on the other side of the phone, followed by…
As much as we strive to eat healthy and wholesome meals, sometimes we just gotta order something fast and convenient. You know, those times when life gets busy, or you’re traveling without access to fresh food, or you find yourself on a late-night pizza excursion with friends.
For any number of reasons, you may find yourself at Domino’s one day wondering what the heck you can order that’s vegan. And friends, when that day comes, we’ve got your back.
There’s been some speculation about the only pizza crust option at Domino’s. The ingredient in question is the l-cysteine amino acid that is used for conditioning the dough. This amino acid is generally extracted from animals (or even human hair), but it can also be plant-based through a process of fermentation using plant starch.
Although there’s been no reply to our amino acid question on Instagram, we’re hoping that they can give us a solid response soon. Until then, it’s up to you to decide. In the overall scheme of things, this non-essential amino acid is not actively harming animals and it’s really a very minute ingredient. Literally a molecule.
If that’s not something you feel comfortable with, you can choose the pasta dish with lots of veggies as a safer option. Otherwise, feel free (without guilt) to choose the thin crust pizza crust. We’ll keep you updated!
It may seem like your choices are limited simply because there aren’t any labeled vegan options, but there’s no need to worry! There’s actually quite a lot you can find on the menu that’s vegan at Domino’s, if you count the crust as acceptable.
As we mentioned above, Domino’s currently has just one “possibly vegan” pizza crust (and no vegan meats or cheeses in the US), but they’ve got lots of sauces and toppings. We’ve laid them out for your below. And to take it one step further, Michelle Cehn, Toni Okamoto and Vince Lia, filmed a video taking us through the steps of ordering the best of vegan at Domino’s.
Spoiler alert! It’s not just about eliminating non-vegan ingredients from the menu classics. That would be really boring food! You have to double up on the “accidentally vegan” ones. Their chunky robust tomato sauce, yummy jalapeños, and garlic dipping sauce make any vegan version of their pizzas better.
Note: The Brooklyn, Handmade Pan, Hand Tossed, and Gluten-Free crusts all contain a milk by-product or honey, so they are not vegan. The Thin Crust is also made with a possibly animal-based amino acid in the dough conditioning, but is not confirmed (see above.)
Note: The Mild Buffalo Wing Sauce contains milk, so make sure to choose the hot version instead.
Note: The Breadstick Seasoning is not vegan-friendly because milk is listed in the ingredients.
Make sure you double check for updated information from the restaurant since they can change their recipes without notice!
With more than 6,500 locations across the U.S alone, it’s likely you may have one near you. So… the next time your friends want to go casual and grab lunch at this pizza chain you’ll be readily prepared to be the “easy going vegan friend.”
Sample Pizza Order: Medium pizza with thin crust, extra sauce (robust inspired tomato sauce), banana peppers, green peppers, onion, spinach, black olives, jalapeno peppers, roasted peppers, and diced tomatoes. Add a side of garlic sauce, marinara, or barbecue dipping sauce for dipping and extra flavor.
Sample Pasta Order: Choose the Build Your Own Pasta meal with no sauce, and with onions, roasted red peppers, spinach, diced tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Add a side of garlic sauce or marinara dipping sauce (not the pizza sauce) for extra flavor.
Sample Sandwich Order: Mediterranean veggie sandwich with no cheese. Make sure to choose the sandwich/artisan bread, which is vegan-friendly. Add a side of garlic sauce, marinara, or barbecue dipping sauce for extra flavor.
We’re sorry to say that it’s not vegan. Usually, gluten-free foods contain eggs. But, in this case, the pizza crust is free of eggs, but includes honey as an ingredient.
Unfortunately, none of them are vegan-friendly. They all include milk in their ingredient lists.
Nope. The garlic oil blend contains parmesan cheese. Instead, try the garlic and herb seasonings to get a similar flavor.
Only the Robust Inspired Tomato Sauce is vegan-friendly. The rest contain milk ingredients, including the Hearty Marinara Sauce, which is disappointing and somewhat misleading.
The croutons are not vegan. They contain a milk ingredient, so you’ll need to ask for food without them.
No, the bread bowls are made with milk ingredients so they would not be vegan. If the bread bowl was dairy-free, this would be a great option.
All this said, when you have the option to go to a vegan-friendly pizzeria, do it! While Domino’s can save you from starving for a meal or two, it’s never going to knock your socks off. Lucky for you, there are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of vegan-friendly pizza parlors opening up across the globe with incredible vegan options—we’re takin’ vegan cheese, meats, creative sauces, and more.
Here are some growing pizza chains that offer vegan meats and/or cheeses:
Even Disneyland now has vegan cheese pizza!
Although Domino’s is known for not being very vegan-friendly, we don’t want to give up hope that they will change their mind and make vegan cheese a menu item. There are so many more vegan-friendly pizza places popping up all over the country (and the world!), so we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that Domino’s Pizza will become a part of it all. We’re dreaming of the day when appealing alternatives might be added to their meat-heavy menu – like dairy-free cheese, plant-based meats, and sweet, decadent vegan desserts. Until then, we can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
Want to get some guidance on how to order vegan at other fast food places? Check these out!
If you love desserts as well as pizza, make sure to visit California Pizza Kitchen. For lovers of Italy and a more upscale atmosphere, choose Olive Garden. When on-the-go and possibly out shopping, Papa Murphy’s is a great choice.
Taco Bell is always around, so it’s nice to have this as a back-up plan. We love Papa John’s is a brilliant choice if you are addicted to breadsticks and adore dipping sauce. You can always count on Starbucks to be right around the corner. Although it’s not ideal for a meal, you can still grab a delicious drink (hot or cold) and a satisfying snack.
Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find a winner? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your vegan-at-Dominos creations with all of us!