Sublime Seven-Layer Vegan Pizza

October 25, 2010 by Keri

Everyone most likely knows what I’m talking about when I mention 7-layer dip, but have you ever translated into pizza?!  I have a confession to go with this amazing recipe from The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook.  When I first came to the 7-Layer Vegan Pizza recipe (page 50), I had one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” moments.  I knew I wanted to make it, but that ingredients list is nearly the length of my usual grocery list for the entire week.  For that reason, plus time management, I took a couple of sneaky shortcuts.  I chose a couple of steps to streamline with premade ingredients, rather than making them per the recipe:  jarred salsa and canned vegan refried beans.  These two little shortcuts saved me a lot of time in the kitchen, allowing me more time to enjoy this fantastic meal with the family!

Vegan Pizza Recipes

Vegan Pizza Recipes

Vegan Pizza Recipes

Seven-Layer Pizza


  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 6 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeno chile
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Chili Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt


  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced red onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped ripe tomato
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Refried Beans

  • 2 cups dried red beans, soaked in water to cover for 8 to 12 hours
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup soy sour cream
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced romaine lettuce

To make the salsa, toss all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
To make the chili sauce, comine all of the ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth.
To make the guacamole, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mash the together using a potato masher.
To make the refried beans, rinse and drain the beans and place them in a large pot.  Add the water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until tender.  Thoroughly drain the beans and deep-fry them for 3 minutes in vegetable oil.  Remove the beans from the vegetable oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, and process them through a food mill or mash them with a potato masher.  Heat the olive oil  in a saute pan, add the beans, and cook and stir for 5 to 6 minutes over medium heat, until the beans are creamy.
To make the dough, mix the water, sugar, and yeast with an electric stand mixer for about 1 minute.  Let the mixture rise for about 15 minutes.  Add the flour, oil, and salt and mix until it forms a dough.  Divide the dough into 2 equal balls and let rest for 15 minutes.
Place 2 large, round pizza stones in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees,  Roll out each ball of dough into a 15 inch circle.
Spread the chili sauce in a thin later to cover the dough, leaving a 1/4 inch margin.  Spread a later of the refried beans over the chili sauce, still leaving the 1/4 inch margin.
Using a pizza peel, move the pizzas to the stones in the oven.  Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and top with layers of the guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and romaine lettuce.

Vegan Pizza Recipes

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  1. Krystina (Organically Me) says:

    Oh wow, that looks good.

  2. Kelsey says:

    can I have that now? It’s recipes like this that are so genius yet so simple. “Why didn’t I think of this before?”

  3. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) says:

    That looks delicious! What do you think of the cookbook overall? The restaurant is about an hour drive from my house, so luckily I get to enjoy the real thing from time to time. 🙂

    • Keri says:

      I really love the cookbook! At first I judgment I thought it was going to be too expensive, but it’s such a nice book for simple, yet “dressed up” meals. I’ve never eaten there, sadly, but if I’m ever in the area I know where I”m hitting up!! 🙂

  4. This is my kind of pizza!!! It looks fantastic!

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  6. Lacey says:

    That’s a LOT of sambal olek; and I love hot food; but did it set your mouth on fire?

    • Keri says:

      I actually used a bottled Thai brand sauce with sambal olek, but watered down with other flavors and spices. That’s all I could find. I should have mentioned that, so thank you for reminding me! 🙂

  7. Noelle says:

    Yowzers how did I miss this post? This looks so freaking amazing!