We love rainbows, and June is the perfect time to use rainbows to show solidarity and support equality. Love is love, pizza is love, and for us, rainbow pizza is love.
What is Pride Month?
It’s June, and it’s Pride month. Pride month is a chance to celebrate LGBTQ+ diversity. Pride month highlights the different voices, cultures, experiences, and backgrounds that make up the LGBTQ+ community.
It is a time to show support for our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and be a voice for equality. We are allies and support equality and love in all its forms. The rainbow has become a symbol of Pride, and we would like to show our support by making and sharing rainbow pizza.
Our love language is food, and our favorite food is pizza. So read on to learn how to make a festive rainbow pizza.
Why the World Needs Pride Month
Before we get into the rainbow pizza, we just want to look at the importance of Pride month. There is a reason we celebrate Pride in June, and it has nothing to do with warm weather and summer excitement. Pride is actually celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.
On that day, police raided a popular gay bar in New York City. Back then, raids on gay and lesbian hangouts were common, but this time the patrons had had enough and fought back. The Stonewall Riots lasted for a couple of days and changed the community forever.
This riot was the catalyst that started the movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against the LGBTQ+ community. History is important, maybe now more than ever, and we salute the activists who fought and are still fighting for equality.
Ok, so now on to the rainbow pizza.
The symbol of Pride is the rainbow. You see it on flags, T-shirts, stickers, and just about everything. So why not make a rainbow pizza. There are a lot of ways to make a rainbow pizza. Of course, you need colorful toppings that look good and also taste good.
We have made our rainbows pizzas a few different ways. You can do a half rainbow or a full. If you love focaccia, you can make focaccia art with a rainbow. Really the possibilities are endless.
To get started, we made a list of some colorful pizza toppings that you can use to make a rainbow pizza. But this is just our list. You can make your rainbow pizza with your favorite colorful toppings.
- Red: tomatoes, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, salami, pepperoni
- Orange: orange tomatoes, orange peppers
- Yellow: pineapple, yellow peppers, yellow squash
- Green: green peppers, artichokes, asparagus, spinach
- Blue: blue tomatoes, blue cheese
- Purple: purple onions, purple cabbage, eggplant
While there are a lot of options for some colors finding blue and purple foods fit for a pizza can be a bit harder. You can always get creative and use food coloring to get brighter hues.
For example, if you take white ingredients like cauliflower, tofu, chicken, or even eggplant without the skin, you can add blue food coloring to get a more intense rainbow.
Now to make your rainbow pizza, prep all of your ingredients. We usually make our dough in the morning and let it rise a few times throughout the day. So by the late afternoon, we are ready to make pizza.
But you can also make a quick rise dough that rises in about an hour. If you really want rainbow pizza but don’t want to wait, try making a yeast-free pizza dough that doesn’t need time to rise.
If you have a crew of friends or family coming over to make pizzas together, try making personal pizzas. Just make smaller dough balls so everyone can make their own rainbow pizza. This is fun, and everyone gets to be involved. You could even make it a competition and award prizes for the best rainbow pizza.
If you are using yeast dough while it is rising, you can cut and prep your ingredients. We like to organize our ingredients and have them laid out. Next, grate your cheese and put your sauce together.
We prefer to grate our own cheese rather than buying grated cheese because pre-shredded cheese has things in it to keep it from clumping, so it doesn’t melt as evenly. If you don’t have a good cheese grater, you should invest in one.
Next, you need to prepare your sauce. You can use a typical marinara, Alfredo sauce, or pesto. If you really want to make your colors pop, we suggest using a white base. But that’s the beauty of pizza. We all get to make choices and eat the pizza that we like.
When your dough is ready, roll it out, and let your creativity fly.
Pro Tip: For a bright rainbow, don’t use cheese on top of the toppings. Instead, sprinkle a healthy amount of cheese on the sauce and then make your rainbow. Just make sure to serve with grated Parmesano Reggiano.
Serving Rainbow Pizza
Serve your rainbow pizza with a rainbow of dipping sauces like red sriracha, yellow honey mustard, green chimichurri, blue cheese, and pickled red onions.
Consider choosing brands that support LGBTQ+ that are owned and operated by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Many of these companies donate a percentage of the proceeds to the cause.
Have you tried making rainbow pizza? How do you celebrate Pride month?