Domino’s Pizza is expanding its international menus to offer everybody a “pizza” the vegan action.
The world’s largest pizza merchant Domino’s Pizza now offers fully vegan pizzas in several countries, including Australia and France. And when we say vegan pizzas, we don’t mean a vegetable supreme that they’ve left the cheese off. Oh no, we mean a pie covered with gooey, melted dairy-free mozzarella.
Let’s face it, much like a virgin cocktail, a cheeseless pizza can be enjoyable and comprises the main components of the original dish, but lacks the one ingredient that makes it fun. Thankfully, the Domino’s has responded to market demand by creating a number of cheesy offerings that are 100 percent plant-based.
When it comes to ditching dairy, cheese seems to be the primary spanner in the dietary works. Many people enjoy dairy-free ice cream, or will happily slather vegan butter on their toast, but plant-based cheese is a sticking point.
Thankfully, there have been incredible advances in dairy-free cheese in recent years, with companies such as Kite Hill offering cream cheeses crafted from almond milk, while Daiya uses tapioca starch and pea protein. Coconuts have become the rock stars of the vegan dairy world in recent years, used by top-selling Greek brand Violife, as well as for many supermarket’s vegan cheese lines.
As well as being cruelty-free, plant-based dairy has also been shown to be healthier than the animal-derived alternative. Dairy cheese is notoriously high in saturated fat, which studies have linked to health problems such as stroke and heart disease.
In March 2019, the non-profit body Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) appealed to the US Department of Health and Human Services to stop recommending dairy in the national dietary guidelines. PCRM’s director of nutrition education, Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., said in a statement, “it’s time for the Dietary Guidelines to finally make it clear to Americans that dairy products are dangerous.”
Other medical experts who advise against dairy include geochemist, Professor Jane Plant who has survived cancer six times, and breast-cancer specialist Dr. Kristi Funk, who is surgeon to Angelina Jolie.
Vegan Domino’s Across the World
1. United States
American Domino’s locations may not have dairy-free cheese, but it has options aplenty. Here’s what you can order at US Domino’s locations:
- Vegan Pizza: Choose the thin crust and top it regular tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and as many veggies (or pineapple) as you want.
- Vegan Penne: The penne itself is vegan, but the marinara sauce it comes with contains dairy. Order it without the sauce and top with vegetables.
- Garden Salad: The classic salad can be made vegan if ordered without croutons or cheese.
- Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich: The bread for this is vegan, so order it without cheese. It comes with roasted red peppers, banana peppers, diced tomatoes, spinach, and onions.
- Dipping Sauces: The garlic sauce, hot Buffalo, and Italian sauce dipping cups are all vegan.
Domino’s first foray into the dairy-free arena occurred in 2013 when the global company introduced a vegan cheese pizza to its Israeli menu. The new addition took six months to develop and was prompted by a Facebook campaign. Although the original vegan option sold well, in 2017 Domino’s Israel upped its game by switching to Cheezly for its creamy topping, which proved a hit with customers. Cheezly, made by UK brand Vbites is made from soya and was one of the first melting vegan cheeses on the market, having been sold since 1993.
Israel is a culinary playground for people avoiding animal products; 5 percent per capita is vegan. Interestingly, a large portion of these plant-based eaters are serving in the Israeli Defence Force.
As well as opting for vegan cheese due to health, animal welfare, and environmental concerns, many people who follow the Judaic faith also choose dairy-free. This is because keeping dairy and meat separate is one of the requirements for food to qualify as Kosher, with the Torah prohibiting the seething of a young goat in its mother’s milk. This is why many plant-based products are also Kosher, with the term “Pareve” meaning no animal ingredients in Yiddish. While there are no specifically vegan pizzas on the menu, patrons can simply ask for their order to be made with the vegan cheese, including the stuffed crust dishes.
Domino’s down under is pretty well stocked for plant-based pizza fans. The multinational franchise’s Australian sector released three vegan pizzas with plant-based cheese in January 2018, before adding the pineapple-topped Vegan Summer BBQ pizza at the start of 2019. Domino’s Australia’s website even has a dedicated vegan menu section to make ordering your Friday night pie even easier.
The commonwealth country is moving increasingly towards a plant-based society. As data from Roy Morgan released in 2018 revealed, more than two million Australians are vegan or vegetarian. In a country with a population of less than 25 million, that’s a pretty high concentration of herbivores. The antipodean country’s government is also embracing more cruelty-free industrial approaches as in February 2019 it passed a bill that bans cosmetic animal testing.
All four of Domino’s Australia’s vegan pizzas are topped with gooey Follow Your Heart cheese, from the same company which brought you Vegenaise.
The vegan Domino’s options in Australia are:
- The Vegan Margherita: Keeping it classic with fresh tomato sauce and creamy vegan mozzarella sprinkled with oregano.
- The Vegan Veg: Making use of its local produce, this pizza is topped with fire-roasted peppers, mushrooms, olives, and cool avocado.
- The Vegan Spicy Trio: For those who can handle their spice, this offering is topped with baby spinach, red onion, and chili flakes.
- Vegan Summer BBQ: The newest addition to Domino’s Australia’s vegan menu, this pizza comes with spinach, peppers, tomatoes, a choice of tomato or barbecue sauce and the rather divisive topping that is pineapple.
Customers avoiding dairy can also select the garlic bread, with or without vegan cheese.
4. The UK
Domino’s UK doesn’t currently have any vegan pizza crust options. The chain trialed dairy-free cheese pizza at select locations last September, but the brand hasn’t announced if it will receive a nationwide roll-out. Vegan options in the UK include:
- Potato Wedges
- Fajita Potato Wedges
- Dipping Sauces: Tomato, BBQ, Sweet Chili, Tangy Salsa, Sun-Dried Tomato and Garlic Sauce, French’s Mustard, and Franks’ Cayenne Pepper Sauce are all vegan
5. New Zealand
The increasingly ethically-focused country also made history by being the first wool producing country to ban sheep mulesing in 2018, as well as tail docking for cattle and dogs in the same year. Even New Zealand’s Governor-General Patsy Reddy is vegan, so it comes as no surprise that Domino’s NZ offers some tasty plant-based options.
Two vegan pies were trialed across New Zealand’s 109 Domino’s chains in August 2018 and are now permanent menu fixtures. Both pizzas are covered with Follow Your Heart mozzarella. They are:
- Vegan Vegorama: This pizza comes loaded with vegetables including mushrooms, baby spinach, red onion, and tomato.
- Vegan Veg Trio: Taking the lead from Australia’s vegan menu, Domino’s New Zealand also offers the avocado topped pizza.
Plant-based Kiwis can also munch on the plain or cheese-covered vegan garlic bread.
Despite dishes like pork knuckles being part of its traditional cuisine, Germany is one of the most vegan-friendly countries in the world. Ten percent of its capital city Berlin is vegan.
According to a 2018 Mintel report, the Central-European country used to launch more vegan products than any other country (the UK has since overtaken), and in April 2019, Germany shut down its last fur farm.
In keeping with the national shift away from animal products, Domino’s Germany offers two vegan pizzas, covered in cheese made from rice milk called “Reibeschmelz.”
The two vegan pizzas are:
- Cape Verde: Covered with vegan cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
- Ventura: A plant-based pizza made with spinach, garlic, tomatoes, and plenty of vegan cheese.
Although France is renowned for its dairy cheeses and frying everything in butter, the coastal country saw a 24 percent increase in the sale of vegan and vegetarian products between 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, clever vegan startup company Supreme is currently developing a cruelty-free foie gras.
Domino’s France followed suit by launching two vegan pizzas at the end of 2018. Great lengths are gone to avoid cross-contamination in the continental Domino’s branches, with separate cutlery and special green stickers being dedicated to the vegan offerings. The three vegan menu items are:
- Vegan Margherita: The traditional combination of cheese and tomato, but fully vegan.
- Vegan Peppina: This piping hot pie is covered with vegan cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and red onion with a spicy sauce.
- Vegan Super Veggie Pizza: This new offering is covered with free-from fromage, marinated cherry tomatoes, mixed peppers, onions, young spinach, and black olives.
8. Netherlands and Belgium
These two countries share a longstanding history, culture, and language, known as Nederlands/Dutch, so it is only natural that they share vegan pizza options. Belgium is currently in the middle of a month-long “Try Vegan” campaign while Holland’s “Vegetarian Butcher” company has become an international success.
In April 2018, Domino’s Netherlands and Belgium launched three vegan pizzas created in collaboration with the Dutch Society for Veganism. The online menu doesn’t say what kind of cheese is used, except that it is vegan-friendly. There are now four vegan pizzas on the menu and these are:
- Vegan Margherita: All of Domino’s Belgium and Netherlands bases are vegan since the milk products were removed from the recipe, so this pizza staple is a vegan base covered with tomato sauce and vegan cheese.
- Vegan Roasted Veggie: This pizza is covered with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, red onion, fresh tomato, fresh spinach, roasted pepper and zucchini, and Provençal herbs.
- Vegan Spicy: This pizza gets its kick from paprika and jalapenos which complement the cheese, spinach, and tomato nicely.
- Vegan BBQ: Swirled with hickory smoked BBQ sauce, this pie is covered with red onion, tomatoes, and mushrooms.